Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America

Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America

From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: an extraordinary memoir and blistering meditation on fatherhood, race, addiction, and ambition. Gregory Pardlo's father was a brilliant and charismatic man--a leading labor organizer who presided over a happy suburban family of four. But when he loses his job following the famous air traffic controllers' strike of 1981, he succ From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: an extraordinary memoir and blistering meditation on fatherhood, race, ...

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Title:Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America
Author:Gregory Pardlo
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1524731765
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America Reviews

  • Sujata
    Jul 22, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

  • Katie Brennan
    Jul 13, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

    I got this book when attending the book launch and reading by the author, Gregory Pardlo, last month. I found this to be one of the most interesting memoirs I?ve ever read. Very well-written and captivating to read. A great view of life in general from all different facets. 5 stars. ...

    This is an exquisitely well-written memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, that especially hit home in the final chapter with the starkly honest back-story of Robbie's "Intervention" episode and Gregory's own admission of alcoholism (the airing can be found in chapters on Youtube). ...

    knocked the wind out of me. ...

  • Michael
    Jun 29, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

  • Karyl
    May 14, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

  • Sharon
    Aug 26, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

  • Columbus
    Jun 04, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

  • LAURI CRUMLEY COATES
    May 22, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

    I got this book when attending the book launch and reading by the author, Gregory Pardlo, last month. I found this to be one of the most interesting memoirs I?ve ever read. Very well-written and captivating to read. A great view of life in general from all different facets. 5 stars. ...

    This is an exquisitely well-written memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, that especially hit home in the final chapter with the starkly honest back-story of Robbie's "Intervention" episode and Gregory's own admission of alcoholism (the airing can be found in chapters on Youtube). ...

    knocked the wind out of me. ...

    Lost interest about half way through. ...

    An honest, incredibly well-written memoir that I could relate to in so many ways. Insightful prose about families, coping, and addiction. Highly recommend. ...

    Engaging, thought-provoking at times focusing on family, race, class written with clarity. ...

    One of the most impersonal memoirs I?ve ever read. Also, disjointed. ...

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  • Laura Hoffman Brauman
    Jul 08, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

  • John Machata
    May 27, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

    I got this book when attending the book launch and reading by the author, Gregory Pardlo, last month. I found this to be one of the most interesting memoirs I?ve ever read. Very well-written and captivating to read. A great view of life in general from all different facets. 5 stars. ...

    This is an exquisitely well-written memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, that especially hit home in the final chapter with the starkly honest back-story of Robbie's "Intervention" episode and Gregory's own admission of alcoholism (the airing can be found in chapters on Youtube). ...

    knocked the wind out of me. ...

    Lost interest about half way through. ...

    An honest, incredibly well-written memoir that I could relate to in so many ways. Insightful prose about families, coping, and addiction. Highly recommend. ...

    Engaging, thought-provoking at times focusing on family, race, class written with clarity. ...

  • Mike
    Jun 28, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

  • Viviane
    Jun 18, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

    I got this book when attending the book launch and reading by the author, Gregory Pardlo, last month. I found this to be one of the most interesting memoirs I?ve ever read. Very well-written and captivating to read. A great view of life in general from all different facets. 5 stars. ...

    This is an exquisitely well-written memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, that especially hit home in the final chapter with the starkly honest back-story of Robbie's "Intervention" episode and Gregory's own admission of alcoholism (the airing can be found in chapters on Youtube). ...

    knocked the wind out of me. ...

    Lost interest about half way through. ...

    An honest, incredibly well-written memoir that I could relate to in so many ways. Insightful prose about families, coping, and addiction. Highly recommend. ...

    Engaging, thought-provoking at times focusing on family, race, class written with clarity. ...

    One of the most impersonal memoirs I?ve ever read. Also, disjointed. ...

  • Michelle Arthington
    May 12, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

    I got this book when attending the book launch and reading by the author, Gregory Pardlo, last month. I found this to be one of the most interesting memoirs I?ve ever read. Very well-written and captivating to read. A great view of life in general from all different facets. 5 stars. ...

    This is an exquisitely well-written memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, that especially hit home in the final chapter with the starkly honest back-story of Robbie's "Intervention" episode and Gregory's own admission of alcoholism (the airing can be found in chapters on Youtube). ...

  • Donna Erlich
    Apr 23, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

    I got this book when attending the book launch and reading by the author, Gregory Pardlo, last month. I found this to be one of the most interesting memoirs I?ve ever read. Very well-written and captivating to read. A great view of life in general from all different facets. 5 stars. ...

    This is an exquisitely well-written memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, that especially hit home in the final chapter with the starkly honest back-story of Robbie's "Intervention" episode and Gregory's own admission of alcoholism (the airing can be found in chapters on Youtube). ...

    knocked the wind out of me. ...

    Lost interest about half way through. ...

    An honest, incredibly well-written memoir that I could relate to in so many ways. Insightful prose about families, coping, and addiction. Highly recommend. ...

    Engaging, thought-provoking at times focusing on family, race, class written with clarity. ...

    One of the most impersonal memoirs I?ve ever read. Also, disjointed. ...

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  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Jul 23, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

  • Catherine Flemming
    Jun 10, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

    I got this book when attending the book launch and reading by the author, Gregory Pardlo, last month. I found this to be one of the most interesting memoirs I?ve ever read. Very well-written and captivating to read. A great view of life in general from all different facets. 5 stars. ...

    This is an exquisitely well-written memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, that especially hit home in the final chapter with the starkly honest back-story of Robbie's "Intervention" episode and Gregory's own admission of alcoholism (the airing can be found in chapters on Youtube). ...

    knocked the wind out of me. ...

    Lost interest about half way through. ...

    An honest, incredibly well-written memoir that I could relate to in so many ways. Insightful prose about families, coping, and addiction. Highly recommend. ...

    Engaging, thought-provoking at times focusing on family, race, class written with clarity. ...

    One of the most impersonal memoirs I?ve ever read. Also, disjointed. ...

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  • Danielle
    Aug 12, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

    I got this book when attending the book launch and reading by the author, Gregory Pardlo, last month. I found this to be one of the most interesting memoirs I?ve ever read. Very well-written and captivating to read. A great view of life in general from all different facets. 5 stars. ...

    This is an exquisitely well-written memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, that especially hit home in the final chapter with the starkly honest back-story of Robbie's "Intervention" episode and Gregory's own admission of alcoholism (the airing can be found in chapters on Youtube). ...

    knocked the wind out of me. ...

    Lost interest about half way through. ...

    An honest, incredibly well-written memoir that I could relate to in so many ways. Insightful prose about families, coping, and addiction. Highly recommend. ...

    Engaging, thought-provoking at times focusing on family, race, class written with clarity. ...

    One of the most impersonal memoirs I?ve ever read. Also, disjointed. ...

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  • Alycia
    Jul 15, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

  • Morgan Hoit
    May 22, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

    I got this book when attending the book launch and reading by the author, Gregory Pardlo, last month. I found this to be one of the most interesting memoirs I?ve ever read. Very well-written and captivating to read. A great view of life in general from all different facets. 5 stars. ...

    This is an exquisitely well-written memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, that especially hit home in the final chapter with the starkly honest back-story of Robbie's "Intervention" episode and Gregory's own admission of alcoholism (the airing can be found in chapters on Youtube). ...

    knocked the wind out of me. ...

    Lost interest about half way through. ...

    An honest, incredibly well-written memoir that I could relate to in so many ways. Insightful prose about families, coping, and addiction. Highly recommend. ...

    Engaging, thought-provoking at times focusing on family, race, class written with clarity. ...

    One of the most impersonal memoirs I?ve ever read. Also, disjointed. ...

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  • Kusaimamekirai
    Apr 20, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

  • Catherine
    Jun 29, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

    I got this book when attending the book launch and reading by the author, Gregory Pardlo, last month. I found this to be one of the most interesting memoirs I?ve ever read. Very well-written and captivating to read. A great view of life in general from all different facets. 5 stars. ...

    This is an exquisitely well-written memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, that especially hit home in the final chapter with the starkly honest back-story of Robbie's "Intervention" episode and Gregory's own admission of alcoholism (the airing can be found in chapters on Youtube). ...

    knocked the wind out of me. ...

    Lost interest about half way through. ...

    An honest, incredibly well-written memoir that I could relate to in so many ways. Insightful prose about families, coping, and addiction. Highly recommend. ...

    Engaging, thought-provoking at times focusing on family, race, class written with clarity. ...

    One of the most impersonal memoirs I?ve ever read. Also, disjointed. ...

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    ...

  • Jonathan Tennis
    Jul 12, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

  • David Chapman
    Jul 14, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

    I got this book when attending the book launch and reading by the author, Gregory Pardlo, last month. I found this to be one of the most interesting memoirs I?ve ever read. Very well-written and captivating to read. A great view of life in general from all different facets. 5 stars. ...

    This is an exquisitely well-written memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, that especially hit home in the final chapter with the starkly honest back-story of Robbie's "Intervention" episode and Gregory's own admission of alcoholism (the airing can be found in chapters on Youtube). ...

    knocked the wind out of me. ...

    Lost interest about half way through. ...

  • Christina
    Jul 07, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

    I got this book when attending the book launch and reading by the author, Gregory Pardlo, last month. I found this to be one of the most interesting memoirs I?ve ever read. Very well-written and captivating to read. A great view of life in general from all different facets. 5 stars. ...

    This is an exquisitely well-written memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, that especially hit home in the final chapter with the starkly honest back-story of Robbie's "Intervention" episode and Gregory's own admission of alcoholism (the airing can be found in chapters on Youtube). ...

    knocked the wind out of me. ...

    Lost interest about half way through. ...

    An honest, incredibly well-written memoir that I could relate to in so many ways. Insightful prose about families, coping, and addiction. Highly recommend. ...

    Engaging, thought-provoking at times focusing on family, race, class written with clarity. ...

    One of the most impersonal memoirs I?ve ever read. Also, disjointed. ...

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    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • MGF
    Jun 01, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

    I got this book when attending the book launch and reading by the author, Gregory Pardlo, last month. I found this to be one of the most interesting memoirs I?ve ever read. Very well-written and captivating to read. A great view of life in general from all different facets. 5 stars. ...

    This is an exquisitely well-written memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, that especially hit home in the final chapter with the starkly honest back-story of Robbie's "Intervention" episode and Gregory's own admission of alcoholism (the airing can be found in chapters on Youtube). ...

    knocked the wind out of me. ...

    Lost interest about half way through. ...

    An honest, incredibly well-written memoir that I could relate to in so many ways. Insightful prose about families, coping, and addiction. Highly recommend. ...

  • Dismas
    Jul 08, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

  • Christa Jimenez
    May 20, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

  • Kristen
    Feb 15, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

    I got this book when attending the book launch and reading by the author, Gregory Pardlo, last month. I found this to be one of the most interesting memoirs I?ve ever read. Very well-written and captivating to read. A great view of life in general from all different facets. 5 stars. ...

    This is an exquisitely well-written memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, that especially hit home in the final chapter with the starkly honest back-story of Robbie's "Intervention" episode and Gregory's own admission of alcoholism (the airing can be found in chapters on Youtube). ...

    knocked the wind out of me. ...

    Lost interest about half way through. ...

    An honest, incredibly well-written memoir that I could relate to in so many ways. Insightful prose about families, coping, and addiction. Highly recommend. ...

    Engaging, thought-provoking at times focusing on family, race, class written with clarity. ...

    One of the most impersonal memoirs I?ve ever read. Also, disjointed. ...

    ...

  • Shaina Lore
    May 20, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

    I got this book when attending the book launch and reading by the author, Gregory Pardlo, last month. I found this to be one of the most interesting memoirs I?ve ever read. Very well-written and captivating to read. A great view of life in general from all different facets. 5 stars. ...

  • Rose
    Jun 27, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

  • Elizabeth Roland
    Jul 15, 2018

    Sometimes when a poet turns to prose the result is blindingly good. Sadly this was not one of those times. The writing was fairly overworked but my real issue was how the book turned from a memoir to an essay collection and thereby was neither. ...

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR one day, and it caught my attention because I enjoy memoirs, and when he mentioned that his family had been featured on "Intervention," my curiosity was piqued even further. I'm a bit too young to remember Reagan firing all the air traffi...

    A fascinating memoir by this Pulitzer Prize winning poet. It?s a courageously written book that chronicles among other things his complex relationship with members of his family, particularly his father and younger brother. His father, Greg Pardlo, Sr. was an air traffic controller a...

    It was good to be reminder how absolutely cruel Ronald Reagan was to the air traffic controllers and their families, especially after promising his support before the election and giving into the demands to the new people hired during and after the strike. Anything that reminds us that...

    This for me was the story of two books. The first half deals with the author?s father, an air traffic controller, pre and post Ronald Reagan?s unconscionable firing of 11,000 of them. His father is in many ways an outsized personality. A self made, self aggrandizing, and yet suc...

    This is a hard read for me to rate. Pardlo is a talented writer and he examines so many issues in this memoir -- race, economics, manhood, addiction, family and sibling relationships, marriage and parenthood. At times, his writing feels very academic and I did learn a lot in those sect...

    I struggled to get through this book. The prose itself seemed a bit disjointed and erratic- almost as if several of the chapters had been written for an academic purpose and then just added to the book. It?s probably one of the more impersonal memoirs I have read. That said- I lear...

    Terrible memoir! I hate to call it that because the book lacks identity. The title is misleading because his father and the air traffic control strike plays only a small part. Well his father does play a larger role but mainly to show how grandiose he was, a braggart who talks a big ga...

    Pardlo who won a Pulitzer prize for poetry tells the story of his father, an Air Traffic controller who was fired by Ronald Reagan after a massive strike. Pardlo had a difficult relationship with father, who was an addict, and did not like to be overshadowed by other figures. Pardlo br...

    I really enjoyed this book. It?s written very well. The first half of the book is particularly strong as the author remembers his childhood and his father?s loss of his job in the PATCO strike. I found the last half of the book not quite as strong, but pretty interesting nonetheles...

    Really 3.5 stars. Greg Pardlo writes prose like a poet: lyrically, introspectively, occasionally overwrought. He's telling a lot of stories here and sometimes there's a struggle to connect sections. It's as much a personal essay collection as a memoir. But the man can write. He can tur...

    Thoroughly enjoyed Pardlo?s story of his relationship with his father. Highly recommend this book. ?My need for his approval would form the crucible out of which I still struggle to climb.? ? p. 40 ?Poetry, my dad said, is like a game at a children?s birthday party. ...

    One of the most original, and audacious, pieces of oersonal memoir I have read in quite some time. Pardlo takes a fascinating and utterly revealing dive into himself and the history of the complicated relationships he has with his family, his history, and himself. His analysis of his r...

    It?s hard to say you didn?t enjoy a memoir but I didn?t understand why this person got a book del for a memoir. How we I could have listened to an entire book about the air traffic controller strike which was the first portion and to me the most interested no part of this book. ...

    I got this book when attending the book launch and reading by the author, Gregory Pardlo, last month. I found this to be one of the most interesting memoirs I?ve ever read. Very well-written and captivating to read. A great view of life in general from all different facets. 5 stars. ...

    This is an exquisitely well-written memoir by a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, that especially hit home in the final chapter with the starkly honest back-story of Robbie's "Intervention" episode and Gregory's own admission of alcoholism (the airing can be found in chapters on Youtube). ...

    knocked the wind out of me. ...

    Lost interest about half way through. ...

    An honest, incredibly well-written memoir that I could relate to in so many ways. Insightful prose about families, coping, and addiction. Highly recommend. ...

    Engaging, thought-provoking at times focusing on family, race, class written with clarity. ...

    One of the most impersonal memoirs I?ve ever read. Also, disjointed. ...

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