A Fictional History of the United States (with Huge Chunks Missing) [NOOK Book]

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“This is a ‘people’s history’ with tongue in cheek, delightfully funny, imaginative, but with a subtle undertone of seriousness. I enjoyed it immensely.”
--HOWARD ZINN, author of A People’s History of the United States

Original stories & artwork by:
Daniel Alarcon, Amy Bloom, Kate Bornstein, Alexander Chee, T Cooper, Keith Knight, Ron Kovic, Paul La Farge, Felicia Luna Lemus, Adam Mansbach, Valerie Miner, ...

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A Fictional History of the United States (with Huge Chunks Missing)

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Overview

“This is a ‘people’s history’ with tongue in cheek, delightfully funny, imaginative, but with a subtle undertone of seriousness. I enjoyed it immensely.”
--HOWARD ZINN, author of A People’s History of the United States

Original stories & artwork by:
Daniel Alarcon, Amy Bloom, Kate Bornstein, Alexander Chee, T Cooper, Keith Knight, Ron Kovic, Paul La Farge, Felicia Luna Lemus, Adam Mansbach, Valerie Miner, Tommy O’Malley, Neal Pollack, David Rees, Sarah Schulman, Darin Strauss, and Benjamin Weissman.

History is distorted the moment it's recorded--and in these politically dishonest times, challenging the stories we're told is more important than ever. In this groundbreaking anthology of original fiction, a diverse group of America's best writers takes on the task of creating counter-narratives to mainstream American history. Here are some of the moments and the people left out of the textbooks. Here is what else happened--on the margins of American life, and in between the lines of our history books.

A Fictional History of the United States with Huge Chunks Missing brings together an eclectic array of celebrated authors and cartoonists to create a patchwork, anecdotal history of this complicated country. From the Chinese discovery of America in 1426 to the new McCarthyism of a post-9-11 world, this collection recasts everything from the moon landing to the Lindbergh kidnapping, westward expansion to the sexual proclivities of Civil War officers. Riveting, inventive, and politically vital, this anthology picks up--and yanks on--America's supposed commitment to seeking the truth . . . even if that truth is revealed in fiction.

T Cooper is the author of the novels Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes (Dutton) and Some of the Parts (Akashic). T lives in New York City. For more information visit www.t-cooper.com.

Adam Mansbach is the author of the novels Angry Black White Boy (Crown), Shackling Water (Doubleday), and the forthcoming The End of the Jews (Spiegel & Grau/Doubleday). He lives in Berkeley, California. For more information visit www.adammansbach.com.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Arguing that all history is fiction, editors Cooper (Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes) and Mansbach (Angry Black White Boy) have selected 17 stories for this anthology that intend to describe what else happened beyond the events related in high school history classes. Ranging from Alexander Chee's "Wampeshau," set in 1426; to Kate Bornstein's "Dixie Belle: The Further Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"; to Daniel Alarcon's "The Adonyne Dreams of Various Imbeciles," which takes place in an undisclosed era that appears to be the 21st century, these stories run the gamut from hilarious to tragic as they target subjects that are controversial or politically incorrect. The authors, all published novelists, screenwriters, academics, and/or cartoonists, have chosen to reflect on moments in history that moved them, with results that are diverse, readable, entertaining, and compelling. As indicated by the title, large chunks of time are not covered, but readers still get a new perspective on U.S. history. Recommended.-Joanna Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Providence Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617752179
  • Publisher: Akashic Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,270,522
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

T Cooper's debut novel Some of the Parts, was a B&N Discover Program selection and a Quality Paperback Book Club pick. Her work has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, the Believer, and The Future Dictionary of America (McSweeney's Books). Her second novel, Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes is forthcoming from Penguin/Plume. T lives in New York City. Adam Mansbach is the author of the novels Angry Black White Boy (Crown, 2005) and Shackling Water (Doubleday). His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, Brooklyn Noir (Akashic 2004), The Best Music Writing 2004 (DaCapo), and elsewhere.
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Table of Contents

The discovery of America : ca. 2000 B.C.E. - present 15
Wampeshau : 1426-1524 25
West : 1846 49
Dixie Belle : the further adventures of Huckleberry Finn : 1865 65
The Waterbury : 1884 85
A true and faithful account of Mr. Ota Benga the pygmy, written by M. Berman, zookeeper : 1905 89
April 9, 1924 : 1924 109
The story that refuses to die : 1932 125
Five and dime valentine : 1937 151
One more old hat : 1946 175
The courage to love : 1955 189
The recruiters : 1968 225
The Harlem globetrotters : 1971 233
The resurrection men : 1989 243
The new century : 1998 269
Apprehensions : 2001 283
The Anodyne dreams of various imbeciles : 2011 309
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