Blue Sky Dream by David Beers
A Memoir of America's Fall from Grace

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In Blue Sky Dream: A Memoir of America’s Fall from Grace, award-winner David Beers offers a powerful, personal vision of the rise and fall of the American middle class. Here is a dazzling literary chronicle of a family, a people, and a nation: the “blue sky tribe” of ever-optimistic middle-class Americans who believed in something called the American Dream, then woke up one day to discover it was gone. Blue Sky Dream is a book incredibly rich in ideas, in ways of seeing the recent past with stunning clarity. David Beers explores issues that define our times—downsizing, middle-class anxiety, the profound anger with government, the sense that something has gone awry with the United States—with such skill, personal immediacy, and compassion that readers will see their own histories in his prose. Blue Sky Dream can rightly be called a communal memoir, because in telling his family’s tale—growing tensions and disillusionment in their suburban paradise, a son rejecting his parents’ values, one sudden and inexplicable moment of violence—Beers tells the story of his people, the blue sky tribe “who imagined ourselves to be living the inevitable future, and are very surprised today to discover we were but a strange and aberrant moment that is now receding into history.” 

About David Beers

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David Beers is founding editor of the Tyee ( an online source of news and views for British Columbia. He has served as senior editor at "Mother Jones", chief features editor at the "Vancouver Sun", and has been published in the "Globe and Mail", the "New York Times", "Harper's" and many other publications. He is a founding member of IMPACS, a Vancouver non-profit firm providing media help to non-profit groups and a lecturer at the UBC School of Journalism.
Published May 2, 2012 by Doubleday. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History. Non-fiction

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California's aerospace industry crashes along with the American dream, taking anxious and angry suburban denizens along with it.

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In inventing an ethnicity for us, she selected only Irish positives, giving us to understand that we were genetically impish and fun-loving."" Beers's parents adopted the widespread faith that America's technological superiority would ensure limitless prosperity, but disillusionment set in as Hal...

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David Beers' father was an engineer at Lockheed in the late 1950s, and the story of his evolution from dazzled young Dad to disillusioned retiree is, the author postulates, also the story of his own generation.

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