A Safeway in Arizona by Tom Zoellner
What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America

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A riveting account of the state of Arizona, seen through the lens of the Tucson shootings

On January 8, 2011, twenty-two-year-old Jared Lee Loughner opened fire at a Tucson meet-and-greet held by U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. The incident left six people dead and eighteen injured, including Giffords, whom he shot in the head.

Award-winning author and fifth generation Arizonan Tom Zoellner, a longtime friend of Giffords's and a field organizer on her Congressional campaign, uses the tragedy as a jumping-off point to expose the fault lines in Arizona's political and socioeconomic landscape that allowed this to happen: the harmful political rhetoric, the inept state government, the lingering effects of the housing market's boom and bust, the proliferation and accessibility of guns, the lack of established communities, and the hysteria surrounding issues of race and immigration. Zoellner's account includes interviews with those directly involved and effected, including Arizona's controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Zoellner offers a revealing portrait of the Southwestern state at a critical moment in history- and as a symbol of the nation's discontents and uncertainties. Ultimately, it is his rallying cry for a saner, more civil way of life


 

About Tom Zoellner

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TOM ZOELLNER is the author of Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World, winner of the 2010 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award, The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit and Desire, and co-author of An Ordinary Man. He has worked as a reporter for The Arizona Republic and San Francisco Chronicle.
 
Published December 29, 2011 by Viking Adult. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Non-fiction

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Big government became a chimerical enemy, and hatred of it was fueled by politicians who found that extreme positions brought votes, and by talk radio with its “constant generation of low-grade outrage.” When fellow citizens were viewed as potential predators, carrying a gun became a must, and on...

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Even while conceding that there is only one responsible party for the tragedy and that he is “gravely mentally ill,” Zoellner concludes that “Loughner’s feelings of existential helplessness were a distorted amplification of what surrounded him that year in Arizona.” Zoellner, a personal...

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Huffington Post

As the nation faces the first anniversary of the tragic shooting in Tucson on January 8th, Tom Zoellner's stunning new book, A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America, will not only stand as a heartfelt memorial to his nat...

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San Francisco Chronicle

TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 09: A single rose with the words 'In Memory of the victims of the Oracle and Ina Shooting' written on a ribbon is taped to a lamp post at the intersection of West Ina and North Oracle roads near the Safeway grocery store where a person allegedly opened fire on a group of peop...

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(In fairness to Arizona, many other states have failed to commit even minimally adequate resources to treat mentally ill residents and assist their families.) Furthermore, Zoellner argues that the partisan political scene in Arizona is especially acute, with talk-show shock jocks fanning the div...

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