Flyover Lives: A Memoir

Flyover Lives: A Memoir

by Diane Johnson

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Flyover Lives: A Memoir by Diane Johnson

“[A] vivid . . . quest for roots. . . . Splendid.”
The New York Times Book Review
 
Growing up in the small river town of Moline, Illinois, Diane Johnson always dreamed of venturing off to see the world—and did. Now having traveled widely and lived part-time in Paris for many years, she is stung when a French friend teases her about Americans’ indifference to history.  Could it be true? The j’accuse haunts Diane and inspires her to dig into her family’s past, working back from the Friday night football of her youth to the adventures illuminated in the letters and memoirs of her stalwart pioneer ancestors—beginning with a lonely young soldier who came to America from France in 1711.
 
As enchanting as her bestselling novels, Flyover Lives is a moving examination of identity and the “wispy but material” family ghosts who shape us. As Johnson pays tribute to her deep Midwestern roots, she captures the perpetual tug-of-war between the magnetic pull of home and our lust for escape and self-invention.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698137486
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/16/2014
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 515,253
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Diane Johnson grew up in Moline, Illinois. She now lives in San Francisco and Paris.

Hometown:

Paris, France, and San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1934

Place of Birth:

Moline, Illinois

Education:

B.A., University of Utah; M.A., Ph.D., UCLA, 1968

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