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Home Front: A Novel Hardcover – Jan 31 2012

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st Printing edition (Jan. 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312577206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312577209
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #298,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As much as golf or baseball, hockey is bound to its traditions and history. Grand stories of the "Original Six," unending bus rides across the frozen Prairies, and "lacing 'em up" after disfiguring facial lacerations are as much a part of the game as the sticks and pucks. In For the Love of Hockey, Chris McDonell has compiled the personal stories of 91 of the game's greatest talents. From vintage photos to Gordie Howe explaining how he acquired his first pair of skates, this book is special. Highlights? Try these: a photo of a young Ray Bourque; Ted Lindsay telling of his struggle in starting the player's association; Sergei Federov's tale of childhood hockey in Russia; "Boom Boom" Geoffrion recalling his introducing the slap shot to the NHL; a photo of Lanny McDonald and his massive red moustache. There are gems scattered generously throughout this book, and the spirit of old time hockey is alive and well within these pages. --S. Duda --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 8 2013
Format: Hardcover
Jolene Zarkades was orphaned at age 17 in 1982. Her parents were raging alcoholics and domestic abuse was part of her early life. She flees a dreadful childhood and loss of both of her parents by enrolling in flight school right after high school. 23 years later, Jolene is a Blackhawk pilot with the National Guard. Jolene is married to Michael Zarkades and they have two daughters, Betsy, 12 and Lulu, 4. They, like the majority of Kristin Hannah's characters live in an idyllic part of Washington State.

The Zarkades' lives are not as idyllic as their home and their exteriors would suggest. Michael is a driven, Type-A personality who spends long hours working and few hours to spare for his family. This is taking a toll on them as Michael frequently skips school activities, leaving an irate Jolene to make excuses for him. This continues until after an ugly confrontation, Michael point blank tells Jolene he stopped loving her, which catches her completely off guard. His theme song could be Teddy Pendergrass' "I Don't Love You Anymore." It was not that simple and yeah, it was a dirty shame.

Things get worse until Jolene and Tami are deployed to Iraq. Michael and his lovely mother ("Yia" to the girls) have to take charge of the household and in Michael's case find common footing with the girls. Michael is completely out of his element. It's one thing for him to blaze trails at work; it is alien (or perhaps in his mind hostile) territory on the homefront.

Meanwhile, the hositility in 2005 Iraq is intensifying. Jolene sends the girls sugar coated e-mails and downplays the danger in Iraq. In August of 2005 Jolene suffers a horrendous, traumatic loss and sadly, there are casualties.
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By Louise Jolly TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 19 2012
Format: Hardcover
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St. Martin's Press|January 31, 2012|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-312-57720-9

In her bestselling novels Kristin Hannah has plumbed the depths of friendship, the loyalty of sisters, and the secrets mothers keep. Now, in her most emotionally powerful story yet, she explores the intimate landscape of a troubled marriage with this provocative and timely portrait of a husband and wife, in love and at war.

All marriages have a breaking point. All families have wounds. All wars have a cost...

Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life - children, careers, bills, chores - even as their twelve-year-old marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm's way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a soldier she has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a rose-coloured version of her life on the front lines, shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none of them could have forseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his own - for everything that matters to his family.

At once a profoundly honest look at modern marriage and a dramatic exploration of the toll war takes on an ordinary American family. Home Front is a story of love, loss, heroism, honour, and ultimately, hope.

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Jolene Larsen lives with her parents who are constantly drunk and fighting.
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This review is based on an Advance Readers Version of the book which I received free from the Publisher through the Goodreads First Reads program.

Jolene Larsen knew what a dysfunctional family was like. She was 17 and the battles her Mom and Dad had on a regular basis, usually after excessive drinking, were a sure sign of that disfunction. How could they, who professed their love to each other, go completely crazy to each other after drinking.

What was the true relationship? After a particularly nasty dust up they drove off together and died in an automobile accident.

Flashing forward 23 years we now find Jolene as Mrs Zarkades. With husband Michael and two daughters Jolene is in a good place in her life.

When she is called to leave on a one year mission with the Army National Guard both her and Michael question how they both can survive the time apart. Their two daughters are also crestfallen at this development.

Jolene is severely injured during her mission and the balance of the book is her, not only recovering form her injuries, but, trying to get back to that comfortable spot she was at with her family before leaving on the assignment.

Breathtaking and heartbreaking at the same time
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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 17 2012
Format: Hardcover
When patrons come into the library looking for a 'good' story, Kristin Hannah is an author that I recommend.

In her latest book, Hannah tackles a number of themes, combining them into a topical and thought provoking read.

Michael and Jolene have been married for a number of years. They have two daughters. Michael is a lawyer and Jolene is a helicopter pilot in the National Guard. There have been bumps along the way, but nothing prepares Jolene for Michael's unexpected announcement - he doesn't love her anymore and wants a divorce. Jolene has an announcement of her own - she's been deployed to Iraq...

Home Front explores a struggling marriage, the effects of war and military service on family, friends and on the military members themselves, both during and after service. Hannah has turned things around by having a mom and wife as the one leaving and the husband as the one holding up the home front.

I really did not like Michael at all in the beginning. It took the entire book for me to change my opinion. This is a testament to Hannah's story telling. All of her characters rang true and I became emotionally involved in each and every one of their stories. Jolene's oldest daughter Betsy is a typical twelve year old - very self centered and hard to love at times. Five year old Lulu's bewilderment was heartbreaking. The relationship between Jolene and her best friend Tammy is a joy. Jolene's rough childhood has made her determined to always paint a sunny picture and smile through it all. But, the war changes each and every relationship -mother, daughters, husband, wife, friend and most difficult of all - Jolene's relationship with herself.
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