It Runs in the Family

By Richard Manning
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312620301, 307pp.)

Publication Date: July 2, 2013

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It Runs in the Family is a memoir of faith and willful ignorance, truths and secrets, rural and urban labor, and fire: fire as both knowledge and destructive force.

 

Richard Manning was raised on a piece of farmland in Michigan, in a working- class family of Christian fundamentalists. Manning's father was a jack of many trades: farmer, carpenter, builder, power lineman, factory worker, small businessman. His mother concealed her own troubled childhood beneath a religious faith that explained away uncertainty, illness, and tragedy.

 

Manning grew up learning how to work and what to believe---but came to understand his family’s seemingly-normal facade as a mask for troubling secrets. It Runs in the Family is the story of Manning’s journey away from his family, one that ranges from their Michigan farm to the fire-ravaged wilderness of Montana, and finally to a remote village in Panama, where he comes to pursue a past he had vowed to leave behind. Linking his own life with the larger story of his family, the land they inhabited, and the right-wing fundamentalist politics gaining ground in America, Richard Manning offers a singular memoir.




About the Author
Richard Manning is an award-winning environmental author and journalist. He has written seven books, including "Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization, Food's Frontier: The Next Green Revolution, "and "Grassland: The Biology, Politics, and Promise of the American Prairie. "
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