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Using letters and other family documents, Frazier reconstructs two hundred years of middle-class life, visiting small towns his ancestors lived in, reading books they read, and discovering the larger forces of history that affected them. He observes some of them during the British raid on Danbury, Connecticut, in the Revolutionary War; he follows others west as they pioneer in the wilderness of Ohio and Indiana; he visits the battlefields where they fought the Civil War. Frazier interviews old-timers, uncles, aunts, cousins, maids, and a beer-store owner who knew his dad. He pursues the family saga in aspect from trivial to grand, hoping for "a meaning that would defeat death." Family is a poetic epic of facts, a chronicle of Protestant culture's rise and fall, a memorial, and a revised view of American history as romantic as it is cold-eyed.

Book News Annotation:

Frazier (Great Plains, 1987) spent five years sifting through papers handed down in his family for generations and researching the people and places of his ancestry to write an unusual book that melds history, genealogy, and autobiography. Frazier's awesome efforts to know as much as possible will inspire others to examine what they know about the facts and myths in their own family history. His drive to explore the details of his own identity, and his considerable talents for research and clear writing, are shaped by some all-important talents, in particular, his sense for what details of the Frazier family history and experiences speak to those outside his own circle (a tricky task), and his sense of mission--one that is beyond personal aggrandizement.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Family tells the story of Ian Frazier's family in America from the early colonial days to the present. Using letters and other family documents, he reconstructs two hundred years of middle class life, visiting small towns his ancestors lived in, reading books they read, and discovering the larger forces of history that affected them.

About the Author

Ian Frazier lives in Montclair, New Jersey. His books include Great Plains, On the Rez, Family, The Fish's Eye, and Coyote v. Acme.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374153199
Author:
Frazier, Ian
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York :
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Ohio
Subject:
City and town life -- United States.
Subject:
Norwalk (Ohio) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Norwalk
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Customs
Subject:
Traditions
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Social history
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 4024
Publication Date:
19941031
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
386
Dimensions:
9.56 x 6.4 x 1.27 in

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