Book Discussion: Strangers in Their Own Land

  • 24 Aug 2017
  • 3:00 PM
  • KVCC Clubhouse

Please email Steve Hopkins ( or call him at 518-576-9001 if you'd like to join a discussion of Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Hochschild at 3 PM on Thursday, August 24th in the KVCC clubhouse. 

This book is a perceptive and sensitive look at the Tea Party and gets at some of the basic issues and problems which are polarizing America today. As the NYT reviewer said:

"In [the book] which has been nominated for a National Book Award, Hochschild calls this the "Great Paradox"-opposition to federal help from people and places that need it-and sets off across Louisiana on an energetic, open-minded quest to understand it.

A distinguished Berkeley sociologist, Hochschild is a woman of the left, but her mission is empathy, not polemics. She takes seriously the Tea Party's complaints that they have become the "strangers" of the title-triply marginalized by flat or falling wages, rapid demographic change, and liberal culture that mocks their faith and patriotism. Her affection for her characters is palpable. 

But the resentments she finds are as toxic as the pollutants in the marsh and metastasizing throughout politics..."

And just today, North Country Radio's own Brian Mann had an informative interview with the author, Arlie Hochschild, titled "Why small towns love Trump:  They live a different story." Here's a link to that interview:

This should be good. We hope you'll join us. Refreshments will be served.


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