The 40 Best Books of 2016

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Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, Arlie Russell Hochschild (The New Press)
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Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, Arlie Russell Hochschild (The New Press)

Berkeley sociologist Hochschild traveled to rural Louisiana to live among members of the Tea Party who are terrified at the direction their country is going in. The result is this fascinating book, which takes an empathetic look at the disaffected, poverty-stricken Americans who helped elect Donald Trump as president.

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