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Our next event:
Thursday May 3 at 7pm
Steve Almond and Lara Wilson
in conversation with
Bad Stories:
What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country?

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Thursday, May 3 at 7pm - Steve Almond and Lara Wilson in conversation with "Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country?"

Please join us on Thursday, May 3 at 7pm, when Steve Almond and Concord-based author Lara JK Wilson are in conversation about Almond's new essay collection, Bad Stories.

Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597092265
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Red Hen Press - April 1st, 2018

Like a lot of Americans, Steve Almond spent the weeks after the 2016 election lying awake, in a state of dread and bewilderment. The problem wasn’t just the election, but the fact that nobody could explain, in any sort of coherent way, why America had elected a cruel, corrupt, and incompetent man to the Presidency. Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country is Almond’s effort to make sense of our historical moment, to connect certain dots that go unconnected amid the deluge of hot takes and think pieces. Almond looks to literary voices—from Melville to Orwell, from Bradbury to Baldwin—to help explain the roots of our moral erosion as a people.

The book argues that Trumpism is a bad outcome arising directly from the bad stories we tell ourselves. To understand how we got here, we have to confront our cultural delusions: our obsession with entertainment, sports, and political parody, the degeneration of our free press into a for-profit industry, our enduring pathologies of race, class, immigration, and tribalism. Bad Stories is a lamentation aimed at providing clarity. It’s the book you can pass along to an anguished fellow traveler with the promise, This will help you understand what the hell happened to our country.

Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612194912
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Melville House Publishing - August 18th, 2015

The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781565125292
Availability: Backordered
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - April 28th, 2006

God Bless America: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780984592234
Availability: Special Order
Published: Hub City Press - October 26th, 2011

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