July 13 - Deer Hunting with Jesus|
July 13, 2008; 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. -
Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 8029 Kingston Pike -
Skeptic Book Club
"Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from Americaâ€™s Class War"
By Joe Bageant
From Amazon.com web page:
Bageant mixes a reporter's keen analysis, a storyteller's color, and a native son's love of his roots in this absorbing dissection of America's working poor. Returning to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, after 30 years of life among the elite journalistic class, Bageant sought to answer the question of why the working poor vote for Republicans in apparent opposition to their own interests. On a broader level, he examines issues of economic class distinctions as he drills below the middle-class claims of his hometown. The reality is that two of five residents do not have high-school diplomas and virtually everyone over 50 has serious health problems in a townâ€”and nationâ€”with poor and failing schools and health systems. Still clinging to illusions of personal responsibility and the vain hope of someday achieving wealth, Winchester's residents fall deeper into debt, farther behind in ambitions beyond working in the local factoryâ€”if they're luckyâ€”and, along with their children, subject to the de facto draft of economic conscription. Through the lives of his friends and family, Bageant explores the importance of hunting, religion, and redneck pride in what he describes as the "American hologram." A wise, tender, and acerbic look at life among America's working poor.
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Posted by pking
July 08, 2008