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Author Johnson, Diane, 1934-

Title Flyover lives : a memoir / Diane Johnson.

Publication Info. New York : Viking, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    813 Johnson,D JOH    Available
Description xviii, 263 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Contents I. In France -- A Weekend with the General -- II. Flyover Country -- Moline, pop. 34,000 -- My Moline -- Myopia -- Pastimes -- Economies -- Books -- III. Eighteenth-Century Beginnings -- How We All Descend from Greatness -- Ranna -- Anne and God -- Huts -- 1800 -- John Perkins Too Sees God -- Some Stories from the Life of Catharine Perkins -- The Story of Catharine Continued -- The Inappropriate Letter -- Catharine's Romance -- The Affair of the Locket -- Rascals -- The Elusive Eleazer -- Wedding Journey -- Bloomingburg -- Women's Work : Quilts -- Eleazer the Doctor -- Sorrow -- Depression -- Wars -- IV. Modern Days -- Watseka, Chenoa -- Rich in Uncles -- Summer -- In God We Trusted... -- The Dark Shadow -- Flyover -- Mademoiselle -- California -- Writer -- Silver Screen -- Uncle Bill -- Divorce -- London -- Emancipation Proclamation -- Defeat -- Yellow Morgan -- Chagrin -- Epilogue.
Summary "Growing up in the small river town of Moline, Illinois, Diane Johnson always dreamed of floating down the Mississippi River and venturing off to see the world. Years later, at home in France, a French friend teases her about her Americanness: 'Indifference to history. That's why Americans seem so naive.' The j'accuse stayed with Johnson. Are Americans indifferent to history? Her own family seemed always to have been in the Midwest. Surely they had gotten there from somewhere? In digging around, she discovers letters and memoirs written by generations of stalwart pioneer ancestors that testify to more complex and fascinating times than the derisive nickname 'the Flyover' gives the region credit for. This is the story of the people who struggled to reach places like Ohio, Iowa, and Illinois two hundred years ago and saw no reason to leave"--Dust jacket flap.
Subject Johnson, Diane, 1934- -- Family.
Pioneers -- Middle West -- Biography.
Home -- Middle West.
Novelists, American -- Biography.
Moline (Ill.) -- Biography.
Middle West -- Biography.
Middle West -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 9780670016402 hardback
0670016403 hardback

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