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American Lives: A Reader (American Lives)

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Memoirs are as varied as human emotion and experience, and those published in the distinguished American Lives Series run the gamut. Excerpted from this series (called “splendid” by Newsweek) and collected here for the first time, these dispatches from American lives take us from China during the Cultural Revolution to the streets of New York in the sixties to a cabin in the backwoods of Idaho.
 
In prose as diverse as the stories they tell, writers such as Floyd Skloot, Ted Kooser, Peggy Shumaker, and Lee Martin, among many others, open windows to their own ordinary and extraordinary experiences. John Skoyles tells how, for his Uncle Fred, a particular “Hard Luck Suit” imparted misfortune. Brenda Serotte describes a Turkish grandmother who made her living reading palms, interpreting cups, and prescribing poultices for the community. In “Son of Mr. Green Jeans,” Dinty W. Moore views fatherhood through the lens of pop culture. Janet Sternburgs Phantom Limb muses on the dilemmas of a child caring for a parent. Whether evoking moments of death or disease, in family or marriage, history, politics, religion, or culture, these glimpses into singular American lives come together in a richly textured, colorful patchwork quilt of American life.

About the Author

Alicia Christensen is the Bison Books editor at the University of Nebraska Press. Tobias Wolff is the author of numerous books, including the memoirs This Boys Life and In Pharaohs Army: Memories of the Lost War; the novel Old School; and, most recently, Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories.
 
Contributors: Laurie Alberts, Marvin V. Arnett, Charles Barber, Mary Felstiner, Eli Hastings, Sonya Huber, Jonathan Johnson, Ted Kooser, Dinah Lenney, Aaron Raz Link, Lee Martin, Dinty W. Moore, Hilda Raz, Mimi Schwartz, Brenda Serotte, Fan Shen, Peggy Shumaker, Natalia Rachel Singer, Floyd Skloot, John Skoyles, and Janet Sternburg.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803228054
Author:
Christensen, Alicia
Publisher:
Bison Books
Introduction by:
Wolff, Tobias
Introduction:
Wolff, Tobias
Author:
Wolff, Tobias
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Autobiographies -- United States.
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
American Lives
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
326
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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