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Author Catherine (Cathy Boysen) Madison will discuss and sign copies of her new book:

The War Came Home with Him: A Daughter’s Memoir

 Wednesday, October 28, 2015

THIRD PLACE BOOKS: 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA. 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

KING’S BOOKS: 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA. 7 p.m.

Friday, October 30, 2015

ANOTHER READ THROUGH: 3932 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR. 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

BRAZOS BOOKSTORE: 2421 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

THE TWIG BOOK SHOP: 306 Pearl Parkway, #106, San Antonio, TX. 6 p.m.


During his years as a POW in North Korea, “Doc” Boysen endured hardships he never intended to pass along, especially to his family. Men who refused to eat starved; his children would clean their plates. Men who were weak died; his children would develop character. They would also learn to fear their father, the hero. In a memoir at once harrowing and painfully poignant, Catherine Madison tells the stories of two survivors of one man’s war: a father who withstood a prison camp’s unspeakable inhumanity and a daughter who withstood the residual cruelty that came home with him.

Doc Boysen died fifty years after his ordeal, his POW experience concealed to the end in a hidden cache of documents. In The War Came Home with Him, Madison pieces together the horrible tale these papers told—of a young captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps captured in July 1950, beaten and forced to march without shoes or coat on icy trails through mountains to camps where North Korean and Chinese captors held him for more than three years. As the truth about her father’s past unfolds, Madison returns to a childhood troubled by his secret torment to consider, in a new light, the telling moments in their complex relationship.

Beginning at her father’s deathbed, with all her questions still unspoken, and ending with their final conversation, Madison’s dual memoir offers a powerful, intimate perspective on the suppressed grief and thwarted love that forever alter a family when a wounded soldier brings his war home.


Journalist Catherine Madison was editor-in-chief of Utne Reader, senior editor at Adweek and Creativity Magazine, founding editor of American Advertising, and editor-in-chief of Format Magazine. She has written articles for many publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, and Minnesota Monthly.

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By Catherine Madison

University of Minnesota Press | 256 pages | September 2015

ISBN 978-0-8166-9877-6 | hardcover/jacket | $24.95



“A heartfelt account of a family fractured by war and its awful aftereffects.” —Kirkus Reviews

“It’s hard to imagine in this time of endless psychological examination that greater consideration was not given in the past to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other conditions affecting returning POWs. Madison’s dual narratives of the injury visited upon, and imposed by, her father raises complex questions of survival and forgiveness, relevant to readers dealing with family traumas themselves.” —Library Journal

“A mesmerizing page-turner. Catherine Madison has written a captivating, beautifully crafted tale of the horrors her father endured as a prisoner of war and her lifelong quest to unravel the mystery of his tortured soul.” —Hugh Delehanty, coauthor of Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success




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