House of Prayer No. 2: a writer's journey home

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description
Award-winning author Mark Richard delivers a fascinating and unique memoir. Born in the South with deformed hips, Richard was tagged a “special” child. Nothing was expected of him. But as a young man, he decided to strike out and experience as much of our strange world as he possibly could.

“No one writes like him. His prose style is both hammerblow and shrapnel. He has written the book of his life.”—Pat Conroy
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9781461820628
9780385534062
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Tagging
Tags:

No Tags, Be the first to tag this record!


Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID2dad825e-4865-1655-67fb-be06613ec918
Grouping Titlehouse of prayer no 2 a writers journey home
Grouping Authormark richard
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2022-05-17 04:40:51AM
Last Indexed2022-05-17 05:06:45AM
Novelist Primary ISBNnone

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
auth_author2Richard, Mark
authorRichard, Mark
author2-roleRichard, Mark
hoopla digital
author_displayRichard, Mark
available_at_addisonOnline OverDrive Collection
detailed_location_addisonOnline Hoopla Collection
Online OverDrive Collection
display_descriptionIn this otherworldly memoir of extraordinary power, Mark Richard, an award-winning author, tells his story of growing up in the American South with a heady Gothic mix of racial tension and religious fervor.
 
   Called a “special child,” Southern social code for mentally—and physically—challenged children, Richard was crippled by deformed hips and was told he would spend his adult life in a wheelchair. During his early years in charity hospitals, Richard observed the drama of other broken boys’ lives, children from impoverished Appalachia, tobacco country lowlands, and Richmond’s poorest neighborhoods. The son of a solitary alcoholic father whose hair-trigger temper terrorized his family, and of a mother who sought inner peace through fasting, prayer, and scripture, Richard spent his bedridden childhood withdrawn into the company of books.   

   As a young man, Richard, defying both his doctors and parents, set out to experience as much of the world as he could—as a disc jockey, fishing trawler deckhand, house painter, naval correspondent, aerial photographer, private investigator, foreign journalist, bartender and unsuccessful seminarian—before his hips failed him.  While digging irrigation ditches in east Texas, he discovered that a teacher had sent a story of his to the Atlantic, where it was named a winner in the magazine’s national fiction contest launching a career much in the mold of Jack London and Mark Twain. 

   A superbly written and irresistible blend of history, travelogue, and personal reflection, House of Prayer No. 2 is a remarkable portrait of a writer’s struggle with his faith, the evolution of his art, and of recognizing one’s singularity in the face of painful disability.  Written with humor and a poetic force, this memoir is destined to become a modern classic.
format_addisoneAudiobook
eBook
format_category_addisonAudio Books
eBook
id2dad825e-4865-1655-67fb-be06613ec918
isbn9780385534062
9781461820628
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocation
overdrive:45b1ddf1-018d-40eb-a03e-36da3b486915-1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook2falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadAvailable Online
overdrive:45b1ddf1-018d-40eb-a03e-36da3b4869151Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook0falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadAvailable Online
hoopla:MWT13512377Online Hoopla CollectionOnline HooplaeAudiobookAudio Books1falsetrueHooplahttps://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13512377?utm_source=MARCAvailable Online
last_indexed2022-05-17T10:06:45.412Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_addisonOnline OverDrive
owning_library_addisonAddison Public Library Online
owning_location_addisonOnline OverDrive Collection
primary_isbn9781461820628
publishDate2011
2012
publisherKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Recorded Books, Inc.,
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical DescriptionAbridged
overdrive:45b1ddf1-018d-40eb-a03e-36da3b486915eBookeBookEnglishKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group2011
hoopla:MWT13512377eAudiobookAudio BooksUnabridgedEnglishRecorded Books, Inc.20121 online resource (1 audio file (6hr., 35 min.)) : digital.
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_addison
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:45b1ddf1-018d-40eb-a03e-36da3b486915-1Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse
overdrive:45b1ddf1-018d-40eb-a03e-36da3b4869151Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
hoopla:MWT13512377Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruefalsefalsefalsefalse
subject_facetAuthors, American -- 20th century -- Biography
Richard, Mark, -- 1955-
title_displayHouse of Prayer No. 2 A Writer's Journey Home
title_fullHouse of Prayer No. 2 A Writer's Journey Home
House of prayer no. 2 : a writer's journey home [electronic resource] / Mark Richard
title_shortHouse of Prayer No. 2
title_suba writer's journey home
topic_facetAuthors, American
Biography & Autobiography
Nonfiction
Religion & Spirituality
Richard, Mark