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Read, White, and Blue: Books About America

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. It’s the 4th of July, and this time of year, we’re reminded that so many authors have put pen to paper to write about life in the United States. Some have penned memoirs, others have written novels, and still others have produced nonfiction or even poetry. These books range widely in subject matter, tone, and content, but they’re all united by a common focus on life in America. If you feel like reading about the U.S.A., there’s a book for you on this list no matter what your reading preferences may be.   In this forthcoming book of essays, writers like Roxane Gay and Lin-Manuel Miranda share their stories about being Americans whose experiences and cultural identities aren’t…

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Book to Movie: 3 Books Capturing the Uneasy Times of American Pastoral

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The film adaptation of Phillip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, American Pastoral, releases in theaters this Friday, October 21 and it looks amazing:   The film stars Ewan McGregor as Swede Levov, a charmed man who seems to be living the perfect American Dream. But then 1968 rolls around, and his once-loving daughter Merry (Dakota Fanning) commits a political crime that kills an innocent bystander and blows up Swede’s once perfect world. Now, Swede’s marriage is in trouble, his daughter is on the run, and he has to confront the reality of what the ‘American Pastoral’ truly means. The book is dark, compelling and compassionate, and the film promises to live up to its status as a modern classic. But once the…

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