Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America

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Author: Pardlo, Gregory

Format: Deckle Edge

Number Of Pages: 272

Release Date: 10-04-2018

Details: Product Description From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: an extraordinary memoir and blistering meditation on fatherhood, race, addiction, and ambition.    Gregory Pardlo's father was a brilliant and charismatic man--a leading labor organizer who presided over a happy suburban family of four. But when he loses his job following the famous air traffic controllers' strike of 1981, he succumbs to addiction and exhausts the family's money on more and more ostentatious whims. In the face of this troubling model and disillusioned presence in the household, young Gregory rebels. Struggling to distinguish himself on his own terms, he hustles off to Marine Corps boot camp. He moves across the world, returning to the United States only to take a job as a manager-cum-barfly at his family's jazz club.  Air Traffic follows Gregory as he builds a life that honors his history without allowing it to define his future. Slowly, he embraces the challenges of being a poet, a son, and a father as he enters recovery for alcoholism and tends to his family. In this memoir, written in lyrical and sparkling prose, Gregory tries to free himself from the overwhelming expectations of race and class, and from the tempting yet ruinous legacy of American masculinity.  Air Traffic is a richly realized, deeply felt ode to one man's remarkable father, to fatherhood, and to the frustrating yet redemptive ties of family. It is also a scrupulous, searing examination of how manhood can be fashioned in our cultural landscape. Review “A haunting memoir by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo. The book is centered on the troubled relationship between the author and his father, although it roams freely in many other directions....Simple description does not do Pardlo’s story justice; only his own sublime words can achieve that.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times, “17 Refreshing Books to Read This Summer”   “Riveting....Sparkles with lyricism and imaginative muscle....Pardlo shares these reflections in prose that seems powerful and effortless.” —Jabari Asim, The Washington Post   “A rich and thoughtful meditation on the ways our personal histories and childhood memories influence our everyday,  Air Traffic is a truly stunning work.” —Bustle “A masterwork, blending personal and family history with a historicized critique on blackness and masculinity....Manages to do what only great memoirs of this scale can: to tell a story about himself that is also about America, one that feels true.”  —Vogue, “Best Books of Spring” “The winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Gregory Pardlo also writes damn good prose....We often talk about Great American Novels, but  Air Traffic is an excellent contender in the Great American Memoir category, an honest and touching look at what it’s like to grow up black and male in this country.”  —Vulture, “Best Books of Spring” “Feels like a classic.” —Karl Vick, Time Magazine   “Exhilarating....[A] fascinating book.” —Thomas Beller, 4Columns   “For all we, as Americans, want to believe in the Dream; here is our rude awakening....Function[s] like someone who jumps up from sleep, thinking the nightmare is over, only to discover this is reality. Pardlo’s rendering of his life and the people in it takes on a quiet nobility.... [It] resists the temptation to achieve any simple resolutions.” —Yahdon Israel, Poets & Writers     “A book about [Pardlo’s] father’s legacy of manhood and his own struggle to escape it....A restless, probing memoir.” —Kristen Martin, Lithub   “A masterful consideration of manhood in contemporary America: the lies we tell ourselves, the struggle to find our own identity in the shadow of fathers, and the sweet perils of ambition.” —Nick Ripatrazone, The Millions   “Poets...seem to have superpowers when it comes to autobiographical prose. Pardlo’s work is in this tradition....A shimmering memoir tracking his furtive steps toward manhood as his forceful labor

EAN: 9781524731762

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

Item Condition: UsedVeryGood