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Reborn in the USA: An Englishman's Love Letter to His Chosen Home

Reborn in the USA: An Englishman's Love Letter to His Chosen Home

by Roger Bennett, TBD (Read by)

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One-half of the celebrated Men in Blazers duo, longtime culture and soccer commentator Roger Bennett traces the origins of his love affair with America, and how he went from a depraved, pimply faced Jewish boy in 1980’s Liverpool to become the quintessential Englishman in New York. A memoir for fans of Jon Ronson and Chuck Klosterman, but with Roger Bennett’s signature pop culture flair and humor.

Being a teenager isn’t easy, no matter where in the world you live or how much it does or doesn’t rain in your hometown. As an outsider—a private-schooled Jewish kid in working-class, heavily Catholic Liverpool—Roger Bennett wasn’t winning any popu­larity contests. But there was one idea, or ideal, that burned bright in Roger’s heart. That was America— with its sunny skies, beautiful women, and cool kids with flipped collars who ate at McDonald’s. When he embraced American popular culture, the dull gray world he lived in turned to neon teal—a color which had not even been invented in England yet. Intro­duced first through the gateway drug of The Love Boat, then to Rolling Stone, the NFL, John Hughes movies, Run-DMC, and Tracy Chapman, Roger embraced everything that would capture the imagination of a teenager growing up Stateside. When he made a real, in-the-flesh American friend who invited him over for the summer, he got to visit the promised land. A month in Chicago, and a life-changing night spent in the company of the Chicago Bears, was the first hit of freedom, of independence, of the Roger Bennett he knew he could be.

(Re)Born in the USA captures the universality of growing pains, growing up, and growing out of where you come from. Drenched in the culture of the late ’80s and ’90s from the UK and the USA, and the heartfelt, hilarious sense of humor that has made Roger Bennett so beloved by his listeners, here is both a truly unique coming-of-age story and the love letter to America that the country needs right now.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781799951841
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/29/2021
Sales rank: 464,810
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Roger Bennett is the co-author of Bar Mitzvah Disco, Camp Camp, And You Shall Know Us By the Trail of Our Vinyl, and, most recently, The ESPN World Cup Companion. He has written about sports, music, and culture for the New York Times, ESPN: The Magazine, and Time, among others. He lives in New York, and ping pong brings out his violent side.

Eli Horowitz designs and edits books for McSweeney's. After a childhood spent consistently losing at ping pong to his father and brother in their Virginia basement, he now lives in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Timeline viii

Prologue: Of Hot Wings and Fast Cars 1

Introduction: A Room Full of Strangers 5

Book 1 The Darkness/English ROG

Chapter 1 Amber Waves of … Rain 13

Chapter 2 Spaghetti Scarlet Letter 23

Chapter 3 Bullshit Baffles Brains 31

Chapter 4 Feathered Hair Fantasies 41

Chapter 5 "Just Locker Room Talk" 49

Chapter 6 Think Once, Think Twice … Duck 61

Chapter 7 The Other American Revolution 67

Chapter 8 Bar Mitzvah Disco 73

Chapter 9 The Pepsi Choice 87

Book 2 The Half-Light/Transatlantic ROG

Chapter 10 The King Takes America 101

Chapter 11 Fat Knacker's Words of Wisdom 107

Chapter 12 The Funky Chicken 113

Chapter 13 Like a Rolling Stone 123

Chapter 14 Crockett's Theme 135

Chapter 15 My American Twin 147

Chapter 16 Super Bowl Shuffle 159

Chapter 17 The Goers Go 163

Book 3 The Light/American ROG

Chapter 18 Beef, Democracy, and Freedom 175

Chapter 19 Game Show Winner 179

Chapter 20 On Glencoe Beach 185

Chapter 21 Don't You … Forget About Me 191

Chapter 22 Midnight with the Fridge 195

Chapter 23 The End Is the Beginning 203

Chapter 24 New Rog in Town 209

Chapter 25 The Transformation of Titty Thomson 217

Chapter 26 Leveling Up 223

Chapter 27 Bigmouth Strikes 231

Chapter 28 Liverpool College Breaking Crew 243

Chapter 29 The Big Show 257

Chapter 29 The Wake-up Bell 269

Chapter 30 The Beastie Boys and the Liverpool Welcome 279

Chapter 31 We've Got to Make a Decision 291

Epilogue 301

Acknowledgments 313

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