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Flyover lives : a memoir

Author: Diane Johnson
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Growing up in the small river town of Moline, Illinois, Diane Johnson always dreamed of floating down the Mississippi and off to see the world. Years later, at home in France, a French friend teases her: 'Indifference to history -- that's why you Americans seem so naive and don't really know where you're from.' The j'accuse stayed with Johnson. Were Americans indifferent to history? Her own family seemed always to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Diane Johnson; Diane Johnson; Diane Johnson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diane Johnson
ISBN: 9780670016402 0670016403
OCLC Number: 849719158
Description: xviii, 263 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Part I. In France --
A Weekend with the General --
Part II. Flyover Country --
Moline, pop. 34,000 --
My Moline --
Myopia --
Pastimes --
Economies --
Books --
Part III. Eighteenth-Century Beginnings --
How We All Descend from Greatness --
Ranna --
Anne and God --
Huts --
1800 --
John Perkins Too Sees God --
Some Stories from the Life of Catharine Perkins --
The Story of Catharine Continued --
The Inappropriate Letter --
Catharine's Romance --
The Affair of the Locket --
Rascals --
The Elusive Eleazer --
Wedding Journey --
Bloomingburg --
Women's Work : Quilts --
Eleazer the Doctor --
Sorrow --
Depression --
Wars --
Part IV. Modern Days --
Watseka, Chenoa --
Rich in Uncles --
Summer --
In God We Trusted ... --
The Dark Shadow --
Flyover --
Mademoiselle --
California --
Writer --
Silver Screen --
Uncle Bill --
Divorce --
London --
Emancipation Proclamation --
Defeat --
Yellow Morgan --
Chagrin --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Diane Johnson.

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Growing up in the small river town of Moline, Illinois, Diane Johnson always dreamed of floating down the Mississippi and off to see the world. Years later, at home in France, a French friend teases her: 'Indifference to history -- that's why you Americans seem so naive and don't really know where you're from.' The j'accuse stayed with Johnson. Were Americans indifferent to history? Her own family seemed always to have been in the Midwest. Surely they had got there from somewhere? In digging around, she discovers letters and memoirs written by generations of stalwart pioneer ancestors that testify to more complex times than the derisive nickname 'The Flyover' gives the region credit for.

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