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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

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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
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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"--
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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Writing style
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10639549
Cataloging source
DLC
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Pardlo, Gregory
Dewey number
  • 811.6
  • 920
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3616.A737
LC item number
Z46 2018
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pardlo, Gregory
  • Pardlo, Gregory
  • African American authors
  • Authors, American
  • Fathers and sons
  • Fathers and sons
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a memoir of ambition and manhood in America
Label
Air traffic : a memoir of ambition and manhood in America, Gregory Pardlo
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
An introduction: Rt. 66 -- The up-to-daters club -- Student union -- Loser -- What is your quest? -- Air traffic -- The minority business consortium -- Cartography -- A moving violation -- Marine boy -- The wreck of the conquest -- He ain't heavy -- "Hurrah for Schoelcher!" -- Colored people's time -- Private school -- Tolle, Lege -- Behind the wheel -- The strip -- On Intervention
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 253 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781524731762
Lccn
2017047413
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028084486
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1019834845
Label
Air traffic : a memoir of ambition and manhood in America, Gregory Pardlo
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
An introduction: Rt. 66 -- The up-to-daters club -- Student union -- Loser -- What is your quest? -- Air traffic -- The minority business consortium -- Cartography -- A moving violation -- Marine boy -- The wreck of the conquest -- He ain't heavy -- "Hurrah for Schoelcher!" -- Colored people's time -- Private school -- Tolle, Lege -- Behind the wheel -- The strip -- On Intervention
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 253 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781524731762
Lccn
2017047413
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028084486
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1019834845

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