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Flyover lives: a memoir

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"From the New York Times bestselling author of Le Divorce, a dazzling meditation on the mysteries of the "wispy but material" family ghosts who shape us. Growing up in the small river town of Moline, Illinois, Diane Johnson always dreamed of floating down the Mississippi and off to see the world. Years later, at home in France, a French friend teases her: 'Indifference to history--that's why you Americans seem so naive and don't really know where you're from.' The j'accuse stayed with Johnson. Were Americans indifferent to history? Her own family seemed always to have been in the Midwest. Surely they had got there from somewhere? In digging around, she discovers letters and memoirs written by generations of stalwart pioneer ancestors that testify to more complex times than the derisive nickname 'The Flyover' gives the region credit for. With the acuity and sympathy that her novels are known for, she captures the magnetic pull of home against our lust for escape and self-invention. This spellbinding memoir will appeal to fans of Bill Bryson, Patricia Hampl, and Annie Dillard"--
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subject_facetHome -- Middle West
Johnson, Diane, -- 1934- -- Family
Middle West -- Biography
Middle West -- Social life and customs
Moline (Ill.) -- Biography
Novelists, American -- Biography
Pioneers -- Middle West -- Biography
title_displayFlyover lives : a memoir
title_fullFlyover Lives A Memoir
Flyover lives : a memoir / Diane Johnson
title_shortFlyover lives
title_suba memoir
topic_facetBiography & Autobiography
Family
Home
Johnson, Diane
Nonfiction
Novelists, American
Pioneers
Social life and customs