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The Resource Air traffic : a memoir of ambition and manhood in America, Gregory Pardlo

Air traffic : a memoir of ambition and manhood in America, Gregory Pardlo

Label
Air traffic : a memoir of ambition and manhood in America
Title
Air traffic
Title remainder
a memoir of ambition and manhood in America
Statement of responsibility
Gregory Pardlo
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, his first work of prose: a deeply felt memoir of a family's bonds and a meditation on race, addiction, fatherhood, ambition, and American culture The Pardlos were an average, middle-class African American family living in a New Jersey Levittown: charismatic Gregory Sr., an air traffic controller, his wife, and their two sons, bookish Greg Jr. and musical-talent Robbie. But when "Big Greg" loses his job after participating in the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Strike of 1981, he becomes a disillusioned, toxic, looming presence in the household--and a powerful rival for young Greg. While Big Greg succumbs to addiction and exhausts the family's money, Greg Jr. rebels--he joins a boot camp for prospective Marines, follows a woman to Denmark, drops out of college again and again, and yields to alcoholism. Years later, he falls for a beautiful, no-nonsense woman named Ginger and becomes a parent himself. Then, he finally grapples with the irresistible yet ruinous legacy of masculinity he inherited from his father. In chronicling his path to recovery and adulthood--Gregory Pardlo gives us a compassionate, loving ode to his father, to fatherhood, and to the frustrating-yet-redemptive ties of family, as well as a scrupulous, searing examination of how African American manhood is shaped by contemporary American life"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 811/.6
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Air traffic : a memoir of ambition and manhood in America, Gregory Pardlo
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 253 pages
Isbn
9781524731762
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017047413
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 2017047413
  • 659684
Label
Air traffic : a memoir of ambition and manhood in America, Gregory Pardlo
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 253 pages
Isbn
9781524731762
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017047413
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 2017047413
  • 659684

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