The Enders Hotel: A Memoir / Edition 1

The Enders Hotel: A Memoir / Edition 1

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by Brandon R. Schrand
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803217692

ISBN-13: 9780803217690

Pub. Date: 05/01/2008

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press


In the center of the rural boomtown of Soda Springs, Idaho, stands the historic Enders Hotel, Café, and Bar, a three-story brick building that has been many things to many people. But to one family who bought it as an attempt to renew themselves it was home, a place they desperately tried to hold on to and yet, after seventeen years of living there, the very…  See more details below

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In the center of the rural boomtown of Soda Springs, Idaho, stands the historic Enders Hotel, Café, and Bar, a three-story brick building that has been many things to many people. But to one family who bought it as an attempt to renew themselves it was home, a place they desperately tried to hold on to and yet, after seventeen years of living there, the very place from which they wanted to escape.
 
Growing up under its leaking roof, Brandon R. Schrand watched a cast of broken characters pass through the hotel doors—an alcoholic artist, a forgotten boxing champ, an ex-con, a homeless family—and tried to find his own identity among those revolving faces. Haunted by a father he had never seen, he tested the faces of those drifters for familiarity. Winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, The Enders Hotel reveals the promises and warnings of western boomtown life—stories of alcoholism, murder, betrayal, hope, and finally, redemption.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803217690
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Series:
River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
238
Sales rank:
1,409,334
Product dimensions:
5.65(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.51(d)

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The Enders Hotel: A Memoir 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will protect you untill my death. SIR!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello captain sir! I am now in the Enderpig or Pigender army sir! Thank you sir!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YES!!!!! PS WE STILL HAVE THIS BOOK AS OUR TERRITORY! WE WILL CONTINUE AT THE "ENDERMAN" RESULTS!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book addresses profound social and cultural issues while spinning out a mesmerizing coming-of-age-tale. It's a compelling and important read -- one that finds hope in even the most dysfunctional of families. There's something noble in these hard-working, salt-of-the-earth characters, muscling through while the ceiling falls in and their best laid plans unravel. They make the reader reflect on what will prove to be a critical time in the economic undoing of much of America's heartland. The language is lovely too. Every would-be memoirist should read this before putting pen to paper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The narrative swift and engaging, the characters well-drawn and memorable, the language dazzling and poetic, Schrand's memoir is a must-read. Seeing the gritty world of a boom-bust town from the eyes of a young boy makes Schrand's story distinct. As nearly every character leaves the Enders, we feel a sense of remorse and unease. But what makes Schrand's tale even more worthwhile is not its unique vantage point, but his impressive telling. He expresses a flawless command over language, and his ability to paint an often sad 'yet often happy' childhood never verges on sentimentality or pity. And his ability to maintain metaphors throughout the piece makes for a smart, intricate read. The Enders is, beyond a doubt, a worthy addition to any reader's bookshelf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not find anything spectacular about this memoir. The characters were fascinating but the rest of the content was not any different from any one elses childhood. A boring read.