Jody Wood Reveals '50s Era and a Changing America in New Memoir
With the well-kept values that form the bedrock of American morality; the homespun, pragmatic wisdom of the pioneer spirit; and the still unchanged sense of Americans belonging to an Edenic youth, author Jody Wood records the coming of technology and the slow awakening of American youth to a globalized outlook during Eisenhower's presidency. Life becomes a post-World War II American romance for Wood's readers in the new memoir "You're Going to Boarding School".
Upbeat and witty, Jody Wood's recollections form an engrossing narrative that will find Wood becoming, without his planning it, the de facto voice of his generation. From being named "Jody" from a popular film of the era, to the family's having their first television, Wood's tales are told in the warm twilight of an age that, except for the most rural, unchanging parts of the country, has truly passed in America. This memoir has John Steinbeck's vastly-detailed sense of America as a distinct culture, one that has turned philosophically away from its European roots to water its unique new growth in truly different soil.
"You're Going to Boarding School" starts with Wood's Californian childhood. Cosmopolitan practices such as cigarette smoking had infiltrated the American idyll. It progresses to the Ozark Academy in northwest Alabama, where the majority of the narrative unfolds. Wood has fostered his memories of the fifties to such a keen sense of loss and nostalgia that he has eventually happened upon the nexus of change in his era. It has created an internal compass that defines the real America, and that is the lesson Wood and his readers learn from his book.
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