One-half of the celebrated Men in Blazers duo, longtime culture and soccer commentator Roger Bennett traces the origins of his love affair with America, and how he went from a depraved, pimply-faced Jewish boy in 1980s Liverpool to become the quintessential Englishman in New York. Reborn in the USA is Bennett’s homage to adolescence as a triple outsider (Jewish in largely Catholic Liverpool, middle class in an overwhelmingly working-class community, and obsessed with American culture while his peers tended towards more deviant, borderline hooligan, behavior.) He was happiest when watching The Love Boat and Miami Vice, reading his hoarded copies of Rolling Stone, and blasting John Mellencamp’s “Scarecrow.” An American stuck in his native England. He beautifully captures the universality of growing pains, growing up, and growing out of where you come from. Rich with nostalgic pop-culture references from both sides of the pond‚ and with Roger’s over-the-top sense of humor‚ this is both a truly unique, moving coming-of-age story and the love letter to America that this country needs right now.
Reborn in the USA: An Englishman’s Love Letter to His Chosen Home
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2020
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