Home Fires by Donald R. Katz
An Intimate Portrait of One Middle-Class Family in Postwar America

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Sam Gordon, an electrician, comes from World War II to his young wife, Eve, and their baby daughter, Susan, eager to move his family into the burgeoning middle class and the good life that beckons idyllically all around them. As the years pass, Sam and Eve move to a Long Island suburb, become the first on their block to own a TV and an automobile, and have three more children, who, along with Susan, will grow up to shatter their American Dream. This is a chronicle of the cultural transformations of post-war America as reflected in the experience of the Gordons - real people, names unchanged: Sam and Eve, now retired in Miami; Susan, Vassar girl, into civil rights, pot, early feminism and author of "The Politics of Orgasm", a longtime junkie, she is now recovering in a 12-step programme; Lorraine, teenage beatnik and currently living on an ashram; Sheila, the cheerleader who married the football hero and now has a suburban house, with two kids and a shrink; and Ricky, the youngest, witness to the family traumas and openly gay, a walking directory of the New Age. Day-to-day family life is juxtaposed with landmark public events to create a narrative tapestry which is a portrait of America in the last 50 years.

About Donald R. Katz

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Donald Katz is the author of "Home Fires," which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, "The Big Store: Inside the Crisis and Revolution at Sears," winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, and "Just Do It: The Nike Spirit in the Corporate World," His most recent book, "The King of the Ferret Leggers and Other True Stories," was recently published by AtRandom.com. He is a contributing editor for "Rolling Stone" and has been a contributor to "The New Republic, Esquire, Outside, Sports Illustrated," and "Men's Journal," His work has won and been nominated for several National Magazine Awards. Katz is the founder of Audible, Inc. the leading Internet provider of spoken-word audio.
Published May 1, 1992 by Harpercollins. 576 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Beginning with Sam Gordon's 1945 return from WW II to his wife and two-year-old daughter in Brooklyn, Katz (The Big Store, winner of the 1988 Heartland Prize for nonfiction) tells the life story of the Gordons and their three daughters and son.

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In 1945 Samuel Gordon, an electrician, returned home to the Bronx in New York City after the close of World War II and began his search for the American dream by moving with his wife Eve and daughter

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Tethered to the real lives of the Gordon family (or at least to the version Katz could extract from them), and lacking the novelist's freedom to explore motivation, Katz has surrounded them with a chorus of professional psychological and sociological kibitzers on the state of the family, whose ow...

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