We first meet Larry Wright in 1960. He is thirteen and moving with his family to Dallas, the essential city of the New World just beginning to rise across the southern rim of the United States. As we follow him through the next two decades—the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the devastating assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr., the sexual revolution, the crisis of Watergate, and the emergence of Ronald Reagan—we relive the pivotal and shocking events of those crowded years.
Lawrence Wright has written the autobiography of a generation, giving back to us with stunning force the feelings of those turbulent times when the euphoria of Kennedy’s America would come to its shocking end. Filled with compassion and insight, In the New World is both the intimate tale of one man’s coming-of-age, and a universal story of the American experience of two crucial decades.
Like Bob Greene's Be True to Your School (LJ 4/15/87), this memoir deals with the thoughts and feelings of a young man coming of age in the early 1960s. However, the scope of this is much broader: Wright relates his ``growing up'' to his whole generation and the dream they dreamed. Wright lived in Dallas at the time of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and his story progresses up to the attempted assassination of President Reagan. Wright traces his shift from a conservative, church-going young man to conscientious objector who bought into the dream of a better world made so by those then under 30. Now at middle age, if the ``dream'' is still alive, it's not the same innocent vision. An important book. Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Lib., Seaside, Cal. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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February 05, 2013
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