Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams / Edition 1

Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams / Edition 1

by Alfred Lubrano
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Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams / Edition 1

A groundbreaking work of narrative nonfiction

This powerful book uncovers a cultural phenomenon—the limbo existence of people raised in blue-collar families, living white-collar lives. Limbo presents a thoughtful look at this phenomenon through the author's personal story, and those of 100 interviewees, all struggling with the duality that exists in their workplaces, their hearts, and their minds.

"In Limbo, people straddle two social zones . . . The future is never assured when you come from a house of rough hands. There are many profound opinions in this major newspaperman's reporting."
—Jimmy Breslin Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutierrez

"If you have any bloodlines at all to the working class, you will recognize—and newly discover—yourself in Alfred Lubrano's inspired book. Limbo brings to life the minefield crossover from the blue-collar world to the white-collar one in prose that is at once trout-stream clear and luminous. It's the very American, real-as-a-streetfight story of a bricklayer's son's own uneasy journey out of Bensonhurst woven movingly with the journeys of a legion of other 'Straddlers.' Don't pass this gem by."
—Sydney Schanberg Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of The Death and Life of Dith Pran

"Al Lubrano is a great reporter and the kind of writer whose work is infused with both thought and feeling. He has chosen here a great and often overlooked subject, the role of class in modern American society, and has produced a book rich with insight into both his own life and all our lives. If you are like me, you will nod your head with recognition throughout."
—Mark Bowden author of Black Hawk Down and Killing Pablo

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471714392
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/25/2005
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 403,912
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1Bricklayer's Son: The Birth and Clash of Values7
2Crawling Out of the Black Hole: The Pain of Transition31
3The Shock of Education: How College Corrupts47
4Culture Conflicts: First Encounters with the Upper Classes73
5Going Home: An Identity Changed Forever107
6Office Politics: The Blue-Collar Way129
7Class. Love and Progeny: The Ultimate Battle163
8Duality: The Never-Ending Struggle with Identity193
Source Notes233

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Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emotionally moved to discover that I am not the only first generation college grad to feel the sting of earning a PHD and discovering to my naive amazement that it didn't neccessarily mean my journey through class mobility was over. I have much to do but feel empowered knowing others have come this way before, Thanks Al for the sign posts left behind in anticipation for us upcoming 'straddlers!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read the Library Journal review. It is harsh. The reaction you have to it is similar to what those in 'limbo' go through in the ebb and flow of upward and sometimes downward mobility. The urge to explain and have things explained persists. This book is a God send to those of us who 'look' the part but inside have the ditch digger and the analyst inside, perpetually at war. If you are 1st gen and think about how you fit in this world, read this!!!!!!!!! Fabulous.