My Father's Cabin by Mark Phillips
A Tale of Life, Love, Loss and Land

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In the Rust Belt of the 1960s, a blue-collar father works double shifts, chasing elusive dreams: a good night's sleep, eternal life, a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains where he can hunt and fish. His son is a child of the times, chasing his own dreams: girls, long hair, politics, and independence. And both chase the same dream: each other's elusive love.This is a familiar story uniquely told, in a voice that perfectly captures America at its most turbulent, an era that continues to define the largest generation in American history. MY FATHER'S CABIN chronicles life in America as the Greatest Generation gives way to the Me Decade, as responsibility gives way to self-fulfillment-and then back again, as responsibility becomes self-fulfillment.

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MARK PHILLIPS''S work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Salon, Saturday Review, and Country Life. He is the recipient of a grant from the Vogelstein Foundation. Mark is also a beekeeper and occasional maple syrup producer. He lives with his wife and children in Ischua, New York, in his father''s cabin.
Published December 1, 2001 by The Lyons Press. 264 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Then, in a terrible saving grace, as his father dies a long death to cancer, the cabin is built, father and son tangle their heartstrings, the “coal-black and electric-bright American dream” becomes fate and fatality, and Phillips goes on to a better life by far, a life in that very same cabin.

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Memoirs about generation-gap friction between father and son are commonplace, but there's a compelling symbol at the center of essayist Phillips's (Salon, Country Life, the New York Times Magazine) forthright, familiar story of growing up in the fractious 1960s that sets it apart: a simple cabin ...

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