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It Runs in the Family is a memoir of faith and willful ignorance, truths and secrets, rural and urban labor, and fire: fire as both knowledge and destructive force.

 

Richard Manning was raised on a piece of farmland in Michigan, in a working- class family of Christian fundamentalists. Manning's father was a jack of many trades: farmer, carpenter, builder, power lineman, factory worker, small businessman. His mother concealed her own troubled childhood beneath a religious faith that explained away uncertainty, illness, and tragedy.

 

Manning grew up learning how to work and what to believe---but came to understand his familys seemingly-normal facade as a mask for troubling secrets. It Runs in the Family is the story of Mannings journey away from his family, one that ranges from their Michigan farm to the fire-ravaged wilderness of Montana, and finally to a remote village in Panama, where he comes to pursue a past he had vowed to leave behind. Linking his own life with the larger story of his family, the land they inhabited, and the right-wing fundamentalist politics gaining ground in America, Richard Manning offers a singular memoir.

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"Fans of Montana-based author and environmental writer Manning's previous work exploring the physical and psychic terrain of the American frontier (Rewilding the West: Restoration in a Prairie Landscape) will enjoy this autobiography, which moves through various topics like a winding country road. Manning recounts his life on a Michigan farm, dwelling on his parents, whom he describes as 'fundamentalist right-wing Christians of the same exact stripe that plays an appallingly significant role in American life.' While Manning retains his respect and admiration for farming life — a description of a job he held at age 14 at a slaughterhouse excellently shows how that business served 'as an essential hub and infrastructure of a traditional farming community' — his main concern is his 'emancipation' from his family and their religious restrictions, first through a scholarship to the University of Michigan and then through a succession of newspaper jobs that take him further and further into the West, all of which he details in a superbly precise manner. Manning eventually finds his father at the end of a long road as a missionary, 'literally a homeless, babbling bum' in Panama. But throughout the book, he focuses on 'what transpires between a father and son, what one generation gives to and gets from another.' Agent: Peter Matson, Sterling Lord. (July 9)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

It Runs in the Family is a memoir of faith and willful ignorance, truths and secrets, rural and urban labor, and fire: fire as both knowledge and destructive force.

 

Richard Manning was raised on a piece of farmland in Michigan, in a working- class family of Christian fundamentalists. Manning's father was a jack of many trades: farmer, carpenter, builder, power lineman, factory worker, small businessman. His mother concealed her own troubled childhood beneath a religious faith that explained away uncertainty, illness, and tragedy.

 

Manning grew up learning how to work and what to believe---but came to understand his familys seemingly-normal facade as a mask for troubling secrets. It Runs in the Family is the story of Mannings journey away from his family, one that ranges from their Michigan farm to the fire-ravaged wilderness of Montana, and finally to a remote village in Panama, where he comes to pursue a past he had vowed to leave behind. Linking his own life with the larger story of his family, the land they inhabited, and the right-wing fundamentalist politics gaining ground in America, Richard Manning offers a singular memoir.

About the Author

RICHARD MANNING is an award-winning author and journalist. He has written seven books, including Rewilding the West: Restoration in a Prairie Landscape, Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization, Foods Frontier: The Next Green Revolution, and Grassland: The History, Biology, Politics, and Promise of the American Prairie. He lives in Helena, Montana.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312620301
Author:
Manning, Richard
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Author:
Manning, Dick
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Literary
History and Social Science » Americana » General
History and Social Science » Americana » Midwest
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fans of Montana-based author and environmental writer Manning's previous work exploring the physical and psychic terrain of the American frontier (Rewilding the West: Restoration in a Prairie Landscape) will enjoy this autobiography, which moves through various topics like a winding country road. Manning recounts his life on a Michigan farm, dwelling on his parents, whom he describes as 'fundamentalist right-wing Christians of the same exact stripe that plays an appallingly significant role in American life.' While Manning retains his respect and admiration for farming life — a description of a job he held at age 14 at a slaughterhouse excellently shows how that business served 'as an essential hub and infrastructure of a traditional farming community' — his main concern is his 'emancipation' from his family and their religious restrictions, first through a scholarship to the University of Michigan and then through a succession of newspaper jobs that take him further and further into the West, all of which he details in a superbly precise manner. Manning eventually finds his father at the end of a long road as a missionary, 'literally a homeless, babbling bum' in Panama. But throughout the book, he focuses on 'what transpires between a father and son, what one generation gives to and gets from another.' Agent: Peter Matson, Sterling Lord. (July 9)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

It Runs in the Family is a memoir of faith and willful ignorance, truths and secrets, rural and urban labor, and fire: fire as both knowledge and destructive force.

 

Richard Manning was raised on a piece of farmland in Michigan, in a working- class family of Christian fundamentalists. Manning's father was a jack of many trades: farmer, carpenter, builder, power lineman, factory worker, small businessman. His mother concealed her own troubled childhood beneath a religious faith that explained away uncertainty, illness, and tragedy.

 

Manning grew up learning how to work and what to believe---but came to understand his familys seemingly-normal facade as a mask for troubling secrets. It Runs in the Family is the story of Mannings journey away from his family, one that ranges from their Michigan farm to the fire-ravaged wilderness of Montana, and finally to a remote village in Panama, where he comes to pursue a past he had vowed to leave behind. Linking his own life with the larger story of his family, the land they inhabited, and the right-wing fundamentalist politics gaining ground in America, Richard Manning offers a singular memoir.

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