Staff Recommendation – a Memorable Biography

Several members of the CCPL staff have been buzzing about a challenging new biography entitled House of Prayer No. 2: a Writer’s Journey Home by Mark Richard. The book is barely 200 pages long, and yet, when you have finished it, you feel you have shared a long and intimate journey with the author.

Richard was born with a skeletal malformation which required excruciating surgeries throughout his life. His father followed one pipe dream after another while his mother tried to hold the family together.  Richard was no saint and worked an assortment of jobs and lived on the edge for many years. The one strength that he clung to was his gift as a writer.  While the book is not overwhelmingly spiritual, the author does make important spiritual discoveries along the way. I especially enjoyed his observation that “The problem with asking God for signs is that he sends them.”

If you liked Jeanette Walls’ Glass Castle ,  Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faithor Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, you will enjoy this book. It would make a great diversion for any book club looking to get out of a rut!

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