Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope – Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl Wudunn
September 24 @ 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Brian Boyles, Executive Director of Mass Humanities, will be interviewing Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of the best-selling Half the Sky now issue a plea-told through the lives of real Americans-to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure.
Tightrope draws us deep into an “other America.” The authors tell this story through the lives of some of the children with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon, an area that prospered for much of the twentieth century but has been devastated in the last few decades as blue-collar jobs disappeared. About 1/4 of the children on Kristof’s old school bus died in adulthood from drugs, alcohol, suicide, or reckless accidents. While these particular stories unfolded in one corner of the country, they are representative of many places in the U.S. But here too are stories about resurgence. These accounts provide a picture of working-class families profoundly damaged as a result of decades of policy mistakes. Their book can be purchased at springfieldpublicforum.org/bookpurchase
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