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Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families (1985)

by J. Anthony Lukas

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and the American Book Award, the bestselling Common Ground is much more than the story of the busing crisis in Boston as told through the experiences of three families. As Studs Terkel remarked, it's "gripping, indelible...a truth about all large American cities." "An epic of American city life...a story of such hypnotic specificity that we re-experience all the shades of hope and anger, pity and fear that living anywhere in late 20th-century America has inevitably provoked." --Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times… (more)
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He starts out neutral but eventually takes the side of the working class white families forced to accommodate black students in their school. The liberal whites who move into the black working class area are misguided and he can't begin to connect with the black families. A great read: anxious, visceral, conflicted. Completely of its time and place.
  booksaplenty1949 | Dec 9, 2017 |
3230. Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families, by J. Anthony Lukas (read 19 Aug 1999) (Pulitzer Nonfiction prize co-winner in 1986) (National Book Award nonfiction prize in 1985) (National Book Critics Circle Nonfiction award for 1985) This is a study of three families in Boston in the 1970s--one black, one poor Irish Catholic, one liberal--and how the integration order issued in 1974 for busing in Boston affected them. It is an absorbing but painful account, and the awful rsce hatred exhibited in Boston, as well as the horrid crime, made me very glad I don't live there. ( )
2 vote Schmerguls | Jun 19, 2007 |
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and the American Book Award, the bestselling Common Ground is much more than the story of the busing crisis in Boston as told through the experiences of three families. As Studs Terkel remarked, it's "gripping, indelible...a truth about all large American cities." "An epic of American city life...a story of such hypnotic specificity that we re-experience all the shades of hope and anger, pity and fear that living anywhere in late 20th-century America has inevitably provoked." --Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

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