Year 14, Book 30

30. We’re Still Here: Pain and Politics in the Heart of America by Jennifer M. Silva

Silva conducted 100s of interviews with residents in a small declining coal town in Pennsylvania. She looks at the lives of men, women, whites, blacks, and Hispanics and the way their lives have changed with the decline of social things that tie us together like unions, marriage, churches, and social clubs and how it has affected their politics. I thought it was an interesting book, but I also didn’t feel like I learned anything. At this point this all seems like well worn territory, although this book has a lot more in-depth research behind it most of it taking place before the 2016 election. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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