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Visions of America: Personal Narratives from the Promised Land

Visions of America: Personal Narratives from the Promised Land Wesley Brown and Amy Ling (Editors)

In this rich and diverse collection, three dozen 20th-century writers muse about their experiences in and observations of America. Though the essays are organized in rough chronological fashion, some emphasize place (Barbara Grizzuti Harrison on Bensonhurst, Michael Stephens on Hawaii), others identity (Richard Rodriguez on language, Eva Hoffman on ``postmodern uncertainty''), others the immigrant experience (Bharati Mukherjee) or the changing times (Joan Didion on the 1960s, James Farmer on the civil rights movement). Some Americans must leave home to find insights (June Jordan in the Bahamas), while some non-Americans come here to observe, such as the Palestinian Anton Shammas (who sees the country as big enough to contain the ``portable homelands'' brought by immigrants). Amidst the play of ideas and emotions surrounding ethnicity and identity, essays by Wendell Berry and Gretel Ehrlich celebrate the enduring truths of the land.

About the Editors:

Wesley Brown, novelist and playwright, is also the editor of Imagining America. He is on the faculty of Rutgers University. Amy Ling (d. 1999) was the founding director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Paperback / $20.00 / ISBN 978-0892551743 / 369 pages / Multicultural Anthology

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