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American Lives: A Reader
By Alicia Christensen (editor) and Tobias Wolff (introduced by)
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Publisher Bison Books
Publication date March 1, 2010
Pages 306
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780803228054
ISBN-10 0803228058
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.84 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
Other format details university press
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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 Sternburg’s 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.


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With Alicia Christensen (other contributor) | from Bison Books (March 1, 2010)
9780803228054 | details & prices | 306 pages | 5.25 × 8.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.84 lbs | List price $16.95
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