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On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) In The Future Tense
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date June 1, 2005
Pages 304
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780743227391
ISBN-10 0743227395
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Original list price $15.00
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Summary
A social critique of middle-class America notes the pervasiveness of barbecue grills, supermoms, suburban restaurant chains, and other elements, identifying the motivations that prompt many people to strive for fantasy-based goals. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Take a look at Americans in their natural habitat: guys shopping for barbecue grills, doing that special walk men do when in the presence of lumber; superefficient soccer Ubermoms who chair school auctions, organize PTAs, and weigh less than their kids; and suburban chain restaurants, which if they merged would be called Chili's Olive Garden Hard Rock Outback Cantina. Are we as shallow as we look? Many around the world see us as the great bimbos. Sure, Americans work hard and are energetic, but that is because we are money-hungry and don't know how to relax.
But if you probe deeper, you find that we behave the way we do because we live under the spell of paradise. We are the inheritors of a sense of limitless possibilities, raised to think in the future tense and to strive toward the happiness we naturally accept.
On Paradise Drive, at once serious and comic, describes this distinct American future-mindedness that shapes our personalities and underlies our beliefs.

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