Half the House: A Memoir

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Harcourt Brace, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 175 pages
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Half the House is the story of a family repeatedly visited by death and suffering; of a boy burdened with a terrible secret; of a father and son estranged by grief and anger. Richard Hoffman recalls his boyhood in postwar, blue collar Allentown, PA, a world of breweries and ballfields, by turns idyllic and brutal. He depicts his family's struggles to maintain their dignity while caring for two of his brothers, who are terminally ill, and reveals how, under such circumstances, hope and denial become one; love and rage are inextricably fused; and silence and unreality threaten.

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This memoir is most effective when it recounts the horrors of a childhood of fear, sexual abuse, and the illness and death of siblings. Hoffman grew up in the 1950s in Allentown, Penn., where his ... Read full review

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Hoffman's work has appeared in literary journals such as the Hudson Review, Kansas Quarterly, and Shenandoah; he currently works at a health clinic. His childhood, which he recounts in this memoir ... Read full review


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Mark A. Glick has a Ph.D. in economics and a J.D. in law. He is a professor of economics at the University of Utah Department of Economics, where he teaches law and economics and industrial organization. He also serves as Of Counsel with the law firm Parsons Behle & Latimer, where he practices in the areas of intellectual property and antitrust. He is a graduate of UCLA, The New School for Social Research, and Columbia University.

Lara A. Reymann is a member of the Litigation Department at Parsons Behle & Latimer, where she practices intellectual property law. Ms. Reymann graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in government and a minor in philosophy. She received her J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where she worked in the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic for several years.

Richard Hoffman is a director at LECG with over 12 years of experience in accounting and consulting. He is a CPA and is Accredited in Business Valuations. Rick worked at international accounting firms for approximately 10 years before joining LECG in 2000. He also has been an adjunct professor at the University of Utah.

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