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Since its publication in 1996, has become an American classic. In "quick, translucent prose" (Michiko Kakutani, ) that is at once lyrical and unsentimental, D. J. Waldie recounts growing up in Lakewood, California, a prototypical post-World War II suburb. Laid out in 316 sections as carefully measured as a grid of tract houses, Holy Land is by turns touching, eerie, funny, and encyclopedic in its handling of what was gained and lost when thousands of blue-collar families were thrown together in the suburbs of the 1950s. An intensely realized and wholly original memoir about the way in which a place can shape a life, ; is ultimately about the resonance of choices--how wide a street should be, what to name a park--and the hopes that are realized in the habits of everyday life. 20 illustrations and a new introduction for this paperback edition.

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"Infinitely moving and powerful, just dead-on right, and absolutely original."--Joan Didion

Synopsis:

Waldie's account of growing up in Lakewood, California, is by turns touching, eerie, funny, and encyclopedic in its handling of what was gained and lost when thousands of blue-collar families were thrown together in the suburbs of the 1950s.

About the Author

D. J. Waldie still lives in the tract house he writes about. He has received a Whiting Writers Award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, among other honors.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393327281
Author:
Waldie, D. J.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Suburban life
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Waldie, D. J
Subject:
Lakewood (Calif.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 illustrations
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.24x5.58x.53 in. .42 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393327281 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Infinitely moving and powerful, just dead-on right, and absolutely original."--Joan Didion
"Synopsis" by , Waldie's account of growing up in Lakewood, California, is by turns touching, eerie, funny, and encyclopedic in its handling of what was gained and lost when thousands of blue-collar families were thrown together in the suburbs of the 1950s.
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