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The American Dream: Walking in the Shoes of Carnies, Arms Dealers, Immigrant Dreamers, Pot Farmers, and Christian Believersby Harmon Leon
Synopses & Reviews
For some, the American Dream is a pre-fab house in the suburbs with 2.5 kids and a two-week vacation at the end of the year. To others, it is working a push fruit cart in Oakland in order to put food on the family’s table in Oaxaca. In The American Dream Harmon Leon draws upon his experiences of adopting personas and disguises to infiltrate the various institutions of everyday life, living among a diverse range of subcultures and learning first hand how they see their vision and utopia. His incursions include working as a marijuana farmer in a hippie commune in Northern California; becoming a carnie in rural Indiana; visiting a tourist attraction in Mexico (that allows people to simulate illegally crossing the border); venturing to Hollywood while trying to climb the ranks in the star-making machine; and working in the strawberries fields of California with newly arrived immigrants. The American Dream is a funny, satirical, and ultimately poignant take on what it means to be an American today.
Transforming himself into an array of living characters in order to be hired into different occupations, this writer recalls what it was like to work on a strawberry farm with immigrants, grow marijuana on a hippie farm, and reach for the stars in Hollywood as an employee of the entertainment industry. Original. 15,000 first printing.
About the Author
Harmon Leon is an award-winning San Francisco journalist. His first two books, The Harmon Chronicles and Republican Like Me, both won Independent Publisher Awards for humor. His other books include The Infiltrator, National Lampoon’s Road Trip USA, and The Brothers Rjukerooka. Harmon has appeared on The Howard Stern Show, Penn and Teller: Bullshit!, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, E!, and Public Radio International’s This American Life. His writing as also appeared in Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Maxim, Details, Penthouse, Wired, and more.
Table of Contents
Immigrant American dream — Carny American dream — Cult of celebrity American dream — Military American dream — Bible-thumping American dream — Swinger American dream — Hollywood American dream — Reality television show American dream — Marijuana American dream.
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