Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself

Paperback | September 28, 2016

byRussell Wangersky

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Winner of the 2009 British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, short-listed for the 2008 Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize

Thousands of boys dream of becoming firefighters. Some get the chance, and for some of those, the dream becomes a nightmare.Burning Down the House is the story of Wangersky's eight-year career as a volunteer firefighter, an experience that wound up reaching into every facet of his life and changed the way he saw the world forever. Written in vibrant, luminous prose, the book traces his years from rookie to veteran firefighter and the toll it took on his personal life. Offering a rare glimpse into physical dangers and psychological costs of trying to save strangers' lives, Wangersky paints a harrowing and sometimes heartbreakingly vivid portrait of the fires, medical calls, and automobile accidents that are the standard fare of the profession.

Visceral and affecting, Burning Down the House is an insightful insider's account of the perilous world of firefighting and an unforgettable memoir of how, in finding his passion, Wangersky lost himself.

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Winner of the 2009 British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, short-listed for the 2008 Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize Thousands of boys dream of becoming firefighters. Some get the chance, and for some of those, the dream becomes a nightmare.Burning Down the House is the story of Wangersky's eight-year career as ...

Russell Wangersky's most recent book, The Glass Harmonica, won the 2010 BMO Winterset Award and was longlisted for the Relit Awards. His previous book, Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself won Canada's largest non-fiction prize, the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the Rogers Communications...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:September 28, 2016Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887624103

ISBN - 13:9780887624100

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book on PTSD in 1st Responders Insightful, brave, true. Should be required reading for all first responders, their families and people who love them.
Date published: 2015-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book on PTSD in First Responders Insightful, brave, true.
Date published: 2015-11-07

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...a master storyteller with a keen eye for the critical details that bring his written descriptions to life as cinematic scenes. - What's on Winnipeg