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The Resource Bad jobs and poor decisions : dispatches from the working class, J.R. Helton

Bad jobs and poor decisions : dispatches from the working class, J.R. Helton

Label
Bad jobs and poor decisions : dispatches from the working class
Title
Bad jobs and poor decisions
Title remainder
dispatches from the working class
Statement of responsibility
J.R. Helton
Title variation
Dispatches from the working class
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The unattainable quest for middle-class stability is hauntingly captured in this biting portrayal of forgotten America Weaving the brackish humor of Chuck Palahniuk with the empathy of Barbara Ehrenreich, JR Helton brings to life an obscured underside of the American psyche in this unflinching account of life inside the working class of Texas in the 1980s. We first meet Helton as a struggling writer succumbing to the bleak reality of what it means to support himself and a troubled wife. That despair is transformed into resilience as Helton insightfully narrates his wayward years, enduring hateful employers and mind-numbing manual labor. Along the way, he introduces us to the real people toiling beneath the saccharine veneer of wealth that was the Reagan years: the ambitious and the lazy, the potheads and racists, as well as Vietnam vets too shaken to hold a paint brush, dead-beat fathers straining to pay child support, and the casual murderer. Raw and moving, Bad Jobs and Poor Decisions captures a microcosm of tattered America that straddles that dangerous line between ruin and redemption."--Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
305.38/2309764
Index
no index present
LC call number
CT275.H5667
LC item number
A3 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Bad jobs and poor decisions : dispatches from the working class, J.R. Helton
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: 1989 -- Other people -- Halloween -- Kansas -- Sweetheart of the rodeo -- Finding the cure for cancer -- Epilogue: 1989
Control code
sky288877423
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
259 pages
Isbn
9781631492877
Lccn
2017032065
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
a2516931
Label
Bad jobs and poor decisions : dispatches from the working class, J.R. Helton
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: 1989 -- Other people -- Halloween -- Kansas -- Sweetheart of the rodeo -- Finding the cure for cancer -- Epilogue: 1989
Control code
sky288877423
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
259 pages
Isbn
9781631492877
Lccn
2017032065
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
a2516931

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