"Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches From America’s Class War” by Joe Bageant. Non-fiction, 273 pages.
Winchester, Virginia’s native son Joe Bageant returns home after spending most of his adult life away. What results is a unique brand of reporting that shows his hometown with all its bumps, bruises, and warts showing. This book is funny, angry, irreverent, honest, scary, and insightful.
But most of all loving.
The book consists of an essential introduction and eight longish essays that are incisive and sometimes damning but Bageant never loses sight of—and reminds the reader continually—that he is one of the thems that he’s talking about: always, proudly, and forever.
The book covers Modern Serfdom, Republicans and Democrats, Double-Wide Trailers, Guns, Religion, Death, The Apocalypse, and a particularly thought-provoking essay about the infamous Lynddie England.
This is an exceptional writer at the top of his game allowing the reader to tag along on a journey of evaluation and discovery.
Please, go deer hunting with Joe and Jesus.
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