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Host Family Hardcover – Aug 3 2000


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (Aug. 3 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575070412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575070417
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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By Dr. Jekill on Jan. 7 2002
Format: Paperback
I had finished all the books I had brought with me on our vacation and a woman lent me this book to read. I was pleasantly surprised never having read Medwed before. This book is warm and funny and intelligent. I found it a good light read that made me laugh as well as giving some insights into family life today
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Format: Hardcover
Ms. Medwed, first in Mail and now Host Family, is the sort of high risk author who will take on unfamiar themes--the subleties of social class, the hilarious but quite convincing linkage between relationships and parasitology--with a voice as sly and funny as Melissa Roth or Elinor Lipman, but a quite disarming dig under the surface of things that is quite thrilling to discover and very much her own.She succeeded in charming this male reader fond of high-tech thrillers, and I believe theat anyone who believes that the two surviving virtues of our time are truth and humor will be swept up the same way.
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Format: Paperback
As a Bostonian living overseas, I enjoyed this book for two reasons. The first is for all the reasons the others have said. It's funny, witty and moves along at a nice clip. I read a variety of things and this book is entertaining without being completely potboiled. It's a refreshing bit of spritzer on a warm day.
The other reason I love this book is that I am far from home and her sense of place, of Cambridge and Harvard as characters in the book brought the city home to me. It was pleasant to wander about Harvard Square once again if only through the pages of her book. Sigh.
Thanks to Ms. Medwed and we eagerly await your next book!
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Format: Paperback
As a Bostonian living overseas, I enjoyed this book for two reasons. The first is for all the reasons the others have said. It's funny, witty and moves along at a nice clip. I read a variety of things and this book is entertaining without being completely potboiled. It's a refreshing bit of spritzer on a warm day.
The other reason I love this book is that I am far from home and her sense of place, of Cambridge and Harvard as characters in the book brought the city home to me. It was pleasant to wander about Harvard Square once again if only through the pages of her book. Sigh.
Thanks to Ms. Medwed and we eagerly await your next book!
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Format: Paperback
"Host Family" has a good plot line about the intersecting relationships of a Harvard family, its various members and the international students to which they have played "host family" for 20 years. But by the time I was halfway through the book, I was feeling too bombarded by both the very obvious analogies and symbiotic references to parasites and the somewhat ridiculous generalization of the French people as a whole. But the time I was three-quarters of the way through I was literally scratching from reading about head lice (our heroine has by now left her husband and is living with a parasitologist who, along with many other characters, is totally one-dimensional and has no conversational skills outside the realm of bugs) and by the final chapters I found myself speed-reading in order to get it over and done with.
This could have been a good book but for me the author's style was somewhat stiff and uncomfortable.
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By Amy Steele on June 27 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a book that grabs your interest from the beginning and keeps you reading until you finish and then you want a sequel with the same great, quirky characters. Medwed manages to connect the idea of a foreign host family with a parasitical host with humor that edges on reality. You see yourself in her characters. She brings understanding and and insight to love and family in an unconventional setting and different way. Her attention to details are impressive as well.
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Format: Paperback
"Need a laugh and a little help putting your head lice experience into perspective? Check out this hilarious new novel by Mameve Medwed about a woman whose husband deserts her and when she starts dating again, it's with a parasitologist . Guess what little gift he brings home to share with the entire extended family? You guessed it... We spent days reading exerpts out loud and howling with laughter. Give yourself a break...you deserve it!"
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By A Customer on July 21 2000
Format: Hardcover
Medwed cuts out a slice of Americana, life in Cambridge, MA, and serves it up perfectly. Tasty morsels of information about local sights and customs blend well with narrative substance -- a middle-aged woman's entanglements with the men in her life. Read it, you'll eat it up.
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