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By Diane Johnson

"Smart . . . perceptive . . . Flyover Lives is a memoir of the Midwest absolute to appeal readers."
—Maureen Corrigan, NPR

From the recent York occasions bestselling writer of Le Divorce, a stunning meditation at the mysteries of the "wispy yet material" kin ghosts who form us

Growing up within the small river city of Moline, Illinois, Diane Johnson continuously dreamed of floating down the Mississippi and stale to determine the realm. Years later, at domestic in France, a French good friend teases her: "Indifference to history—that's why you american citizens appear so naïve and don't fairly comprehend the place you're from."

The j'accuse stayed with Johnson. have been american citizens detached to historical past? Her family appeared continually to were within the Midwest. without doubt they'd obtained there from someplace? In digging round, she discovers letters and memoirs written by way of generations of stalwart pioneer ancestors that testify to extra complicated instances than the derisive nickname "The Flyover" supplies the zone credits for.

With the acuity and sympathy that her novels are recognized for, she captures the magnetic pull of domestic opposed to our lust for get away and self-invention. This spellbinding memoir will entice lovers of invoice Bryson, Patricia Hampl, and Annie Dillard.

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In the G erm an rom antic tradition, he glorified the self above society. “Every m om ent,” he wrote, “the fetters of reality cut the sharpest welts in my flesh. B ut my own I rem ain,” Indeed, Stirner denied any tru th beyond the individual’s free will. S tirner anticipated Nietzsche and even Freud. H e reflected A lexandra’s in n er turm oil by picturing the self as divided betw een its wants and needs on the one h and, and on the oth er a police force d eterm ined to restrain it from satisfying itself.

Pom ar was not the light society quack that A lexandra pictured her. Rather, the Duchess a u th o re d some weighty tomes, notably Serious Letters to Serious Friends. Due to their heretical views, her books h ad shocked the clergy of E urope. Pom ar was an associate of M adam e Blavatsky and Annie Besant and becam e cofounder of the Paris Lodge of the Theosophists. ” H er models h arked back to neolithic days w hen female divinities pos­ sessed the traits that once again would be valued in future society.

T h e re were advantages and a sense of identity in being a Theosophist. A lexandra was especially attracted by the character of Annie Besant, who becam e Blavatsky’s disciple in 1889 an d the leading fig­ ure (and eventually president) o f the Theosophical Society after the fo u n d e r’s death in 1891. N ot coincidentally, A lexandra formally jo in e d the society the next year, stayed with Besant in London, followed by a lengthy stay at the Theosophical com pound near Adyar, India in 1893.

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