The National Road
Dispatches from a Chaning America
- Schrijver: Tom Zoellner (Verenigde Staten)
- Soort boek: journalistieke reportages
- Taal: Engels
- Uitgever: Counterpoint Press
- Verschijnt: 14 oktober 2020
- Omvang: 272 pagina’s
- Uitgave: Gebonden Boek
Waardering en recensie van het boek van Tom Zoellner
Dana Johnson, author of In the Not Quite Dark, says, “The National Road comes at an unsettling time in America’s history, reminding us of all that is magnificent and heartbreaking about the land that binds us. Tom Zoellner’s brilliant essays are insightful meditations on the roads he’s traveled, a gift to readers who will see America anew. In his hands, small towns, big cities, landmarks, and personal landscapes tell the stories that we need to know and remember, stories that only a talent like Zoellner can unveil.”
Flaptekst van het boek over Amerika van Tom Zoellner
From the embattled newsrooms of small-town newspapers to the pornography film sets of the Los Angeles basin, from the check-out lanes of Dollar General to the holy sites of Mormonism, from the nation’s highest peaks to the razed remains of a cherished home, like a latter-day Woody Guthrie, Tom Zoellner takes to the highways and byways of a vast land in search of the soul of its people.
But what does it mean when a nation accustomed to moving begins to settle down, when political discord threatens unity, and when technology disrupts traditional ways of building communities? Is a shared soil enough to reinvigorate a national spirit? In these divided times, Zoellner’s journey across America—and into our often-contradictory histories—serves to remind us that despite our differences we all belong to the same land.
By turns nostalgic and probing, incisive and enraged, Zoellner’s reflections reveal a nation divided by faith, politics, and shifting economies, but—more importantly—one united by a shared sense of ownership in the common land.