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"In this evocative account of life in the firehouse, Clare Frank portrays the risks firefighters face and the stakes that are now higher than they’ve ever been. She does so with grit and a healthy sense of humor. A must-read.” Erin Brockovich

"Extraordinary. . .a fascinating, boots-on-the-ground account of her storied career as a firefighter. . . . she takes readers behind the scenes in a play-by-play that is as riveting as it is informative. Every bit of 'Burnt' is interesting. . .” San Francisco Chronicle

"'Burnt' chronicles her trailblazing bravery . . . [It] starts as a personal love letter to firefighting . By the end it also becomes a cri de coeur, a battle cry." New York Post

“A heart-racing, heartfelt story that will make readers laugh, cry, and consider what matters most in life. . . . Frank's memoir is packed not only with adrenaline but with sensitivity, thoughtfulness, and creativity. Beware the impulse to race through these 300-plus pages in a single sitting. . . .This exceptional memoir shows wide emotional range in spanning the complexities of firefighting and fire prevention in California and the American West, gender issues, family, work, love, and loss.” Shelf Awareness

A vigorous and quite timely memoir . . . Throughout the book, Frank is energetic and inspirational, especially to women considering work in the field–though she is always candid about the countless dangers of the job, from  being caught  up in a firestorm to going down in a tanker plane.” Kirkus Reviews


“The path to becoming a firefighter is arduous, especially for a young woman who must contend with gear scaled to fit men, as well as colleagues who believe women should not do this work watching for any misstep. None of this stopped Clare Frank, who recounts her climb from underage rookie to one of California’s highest-ranking fire chiefs.” Christian Science Monitor, Top 10 Books of May


Good memoirs can introduce intriguing individuals and provide access to rarefied pursuits. Author Frank manages both in this account of her fiercely independent life and 30-plus years as a firefighter in California . . . The action scenes are compelling; there are hard-won victories and excruciating losses, and Frank emerges as a relatable and thoroughly human hero.” Booklist

“'Burnt' is part fire story, part family saga, part diary of a woman rising in a ‘man’s world,’ and it is entirely engrossing. If natural disasters, especially wildfires, are to reshape both where and how we live, then we had better listen to the stories of the people who fight them and the price they pay. This is one of those stories and it’s damn good.” Kevin Hazzard, author of American Sirens and A Thousand Naked Strangers

“Ominous orange skies and smoke-choked cities: The wildfire crisis is here. Burnt takes you inside. From dirt firefighter to leading thousands, Clare Frank offers a real, humorous, one-of-a-kind front-row seat to wildfires and those who fight them.” Caroline Godkin, Executive Director of the Climate and Wildfire Institute

“Frank is scrappy and courageous, wise and vulnerable—a serious badass with a reverence for fire, an irreverent sense of humor, and a mouth that strings together swear words with the best of them. As Frank shatters glass ceilings of the fire world ranks, you will be laughing out loud at firehouse antics, crying on heartbreaking calls, sitting on the edge of your seat during harrowing adventures, and cheering her on as she finds kinship, joy, and a greater sense of herself within this unconventional calling. . . This is one of the best memoirs I’ve read in a long time.” Suzanne Roberts, author of Animal Bodies: On Death, Desire, and Other Difficulties


“'Burnt' is a wonderful reminder of how those who fall in love with the intensity and magic and deadliness of flames are always best at fighting fire . . . Frank’s writing is vivid and beautiful, and her stories of the structure of firefighting lives will resonate with those who love a great story of passion.” Susan Straight, author of Mecca and In the Country of Women

“Fire is a force of nature with a will of its own. This image is captured forcefully in this debut written by Frank     . . . [as] she infuses her stories with both introspection and humor.” Library Journal 

“When you read rave reviews of Burnt, . . . it's obvious the book's author, Clare Frank is an extraordinary trailblazer.” Santa Cruz Style Magazine

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Dear Canada ...

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We Suffer Too Many Fools ...

New York Times

California is Up in Smoke ...

San Francisco Chronicle

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