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Rainbow Pie: A Memoir of Redneck America Paperback – 7 Oct 2010

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (7 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846272572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846272578
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 979,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JOE BAGEANT has been writing about counterculture and popular culture for magazines and newspapers since the 1970s and his online column (www.joebageant.com) has made him a cult hero among gonzo-journalism junkies and progressives. He recently returned to live in his hometown. Deer Hunting With Jesus (Portobello, 2008) was his first book.


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Rainbow Pie builds on the strong voice and compassion that Joe Bageant revealed in his first chronicle, Deer Hunting With Jesus, difference being that this book is far more personal. It looks into the roots of his own family's origins from the start of the 20th century, how they survived, thrived, then adapted to the post-50s newer, faster commodity world. There is a lot of sadness here, yet its not sappy or sentimental - JB sees with a clear eye the true strengths of self-sufficiency in the context of West Virginia before ultracommmerce really got a stranglehold on the windpipe of Western Civilisation. In short, cannot recommend this highly enough. Anecdotal yet utterly relevant - get it.
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A great book which sometimes makes you want to hang your head and weep. Two brothers growing up on a farm in West Virginia. One is the author's father who works hard all his life, never gets ahead, never has a vacation and dies at age 63. One is his uncle who is deaf, and never gets the education he should have had, therefore never learns to talk, read, write or sign, is forever locked into himself, never has a job or leaves the farm, but learns to plant crops and look after himself when his parents are gone. Lives well into his eighties. Which one is the worse off?

There are many other aspects to this book which unfortunately does not hold out much hope for redemption or improvement in the lives of millions of Americans, the "underclass". Still this book says what needs to be said and few have had the guts to say. Keep up the good work and lets hope you are with us for some to come, Joe.
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I finished Joe's previous book, "Deer Hunting with Jesus," which absolutely knocked me flat with it's hilarious and on-target brilliance, and immediately went to the bookstore to get this. I was surprised and nonplussed to be told it wasn't available through any American bookseller. I ordered it from Amazon UK, and am wondering if it/he is being blacklisted in the U.S.?! I have just started it, but hope to share it with as many people as possible. If anyone can tell me why I had to turn to a bookseller abroad to get it, I'd really be interested in knowing! I will do another review when I've finished it. Let me just say that he is a fantastic writer and I hope he gains a much wider audience - his voice and perspective are EXACTLY what America needs right now. I think he has the power, if enough people hear him, to reconnect the "progressive" movement with the working class and create REAL change here.
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This book gives real insight into the white working class of America by one who knew it intimately. The book is fair-minded and perceptive. I read this in one sitting and would recommend it to anybody who wants real insight into working American life. Bageant can't be labelled or categorized and he really teaches the reader a lot. Angry, provocative, with sympathy but it is not sentimental. It will also give some insight into the contradictions of American political life, especially with a presidential election coming up.
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Fascinating, moving and, at times, sad memoir of Joe's family and the changes in the USA that have affected it over the last 100 years. The best writer about poor whites in America I know, and tragic he died so young. You should also read his "Deer Hunting with Jesus", which tries to fathom why poor whites have been forgotten by the urban Democratic party elites and why they've therefore turned to the rabidly religious, bigoted, manipulative and exploitative Republicans. Both books full of anger and compassion.
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