Support AACPL's collections, services, programs and more by setting up a recurring gift. Help make your library better.

Almost a Family

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Pub. Date:
2011
Language:
English
Description
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and best-selling author: a beautifully crafted memoir of his lifelong chase after his father’s shadow.
John was eleven months old when his father, Barney Darnton—a war correspondent for The New York Times—was killed in World War II, but his absence left a more profound imprint on the family than any living father could have. John’s mother, a well-known Times reporter and editor, tried to keep alive the dream of raising her two sons in ideal surroundings. When that proved impossible, she collapsed emotionally and physically. But along the way she created such a powerful myth of the father-hero who gave his life for his family, country, and the fourth estate that John followed his footsteps into the same newsroom.
Decades after his father’s death, John and his brother, the historian Robert Darnton, began digging into the past to uncover the truth about their parents. To discover who the real-life Barney Darnton was—and in part who he himself is—John delves into turn-of-the-century farm life in Michigan, the anything-goes Jazz Age in Greenwich Village, the lives of hard-drinking war correspondents in the Pacific theater, and the fearful loneliness of the McCarthy years in Washington, D.C. He ends his quest on a beach in Papua New Guinea, where he learns about his father’s last moments from an aged villager who never forgot what he saw sixty-five years earlier.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9780307595249
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID69d2b816-31c5-c60c-3755-dfaf05271a21
Grouping Titlealmost a family
Grouping Authorjohn darnton
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2023-02-06 04:07:44AM
Last Indexed2023-02-06 04:45:13AM

Solr Fields

accelerated_reader_point_value
0
accelerated_reader_reading_level
0
author
Darnton, John
author_display
Darnton, John
available_at_aacpl
Online OverDrive Collection
detailed_location_aacpl
Online OverDrive Collection
display_description
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and best-selling author: a beautifully crafted memoir of his lifelong chase after his father’s shadow.
John was eleven months old when his father, Barney Darnton—a war correspondent for The New York Times—was killed in World War II, but his absence left a more profound imprint on the family than any living father could have. John’s mother, a well-known Times reporter and editor, tried to keep alive the dream of raising her two sons in ideal surroundings. When that proved impossible, she collapsed emotionally and physically. But along the way she created such a powerful myth of the father-hero who gave his life for his family, country, and the fourth estate that John followed his footsteps into the same newsroom.
Decades after his father’s death, John and his brother, the historian Robert Darnton, began digging into the past to uncover the truth about their parents. To discover who the real-life Barney Darnton was—and in part who he himself is—John delves into turn-of-the-century farm life in Michigan, the anything-goes Jazz Age in Greenwich Village, the lives of hard-drinking war correspondents in the Pacific theater, and the fearful loneliness of the McCarthy years in Washington, D.C. He ends his quest on a beach in Papua New Guinea, where he learns about his father’s last moments from an aged villager who never forgot what he saw sixty-five years earlier.
format_aacpl
eBook
format_category_aacpl
eBook
id
69d2b816-31c5-c60c-3755-dfaf05271a21
isbn
9780307595249
last_indexed
2023-02-06T09:45:13.775Z
lexile_score
-1
literary_form
Non Fiction
literary_form_full
Non Fiction
local_callnumber_aacpl
Online OverDrive
owning_library_aacpl
Anne Arundel County Public Library Online
owning_location_aacpl
Online OverDrive Collection
primary_isbn
9780307595249
publishDate
2011
publisher
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
recordtype
grouped_work
title_display
Almost a Family
title_full
Almost a Family
title_short
Almost a Family
topic_facet
Biography & Autobiography
History
Nonfiction

Solr Details Tables

item_details

Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent URLDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocation
overdrive:912779c9-595f-40a5-97b3-87d1e69e337c-1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook1falsetrueOverDriveAvailable Online
overdrive:912779c9-595f-40a5-97b3-87d1e69e337c1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook1falsetrueOverDriveAvailable Online

record_details

Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical DescriptionAbridged
overdrive:912779c9-595f-40a5-97b3-87d1e69e337ceBookeBookEnglishKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group2011

scoping_details_aacpl

Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:912779c9-595f-40a5-97b3-87d1e69e337c-1Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse
overdrive:912779c9-595f-40a5-97b3-87d1e69e337c1Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue