Limbo by Alfred Lubrano
Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams

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In Limbo, award-winning journalist Alfred Lubrano identifies and describes an overlooked cultural phenomenon: the internal conflict within individuals raised in blue-collar homes, now living white-collar lives. These people often find that the values of the working class are not sufficient guidance to navigate the white-collar world, where unspoken rules reflect primarily upper-class values. Torn between the world they were raised in and the life they aspire too, they hover between worlds, not quite accepted in either. Himself the son of a Brooklyn bricklayer, Lubrano informs his account with personal experience and interviews with other professionals living in limbo. For millions of Americans, these stories will serve as familiar reminders of the struggles of achieving the American Dream.

About Alfred Lubrano

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ALFRED LUBRANO is a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, a contributing editor to GQ, and a commentator for National Public Radio since 1992. He has won six national journalism awards, and has contributed to several magazines and anthologies on writing.
Published December 22, 2010 by Wiley. 248 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Lubrano's view of the challenges that upwardly mobile children of blue-collar families (he calls them Straddlers) face in establishing themselves in white-collar enclaves could spark lively debates among Straddlers themselves, not to mention those Lubrano views as having a head start based on bir...

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The very term “blue collar” has been co-opted, over the last five years or so, by those mild comics on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, guys who look like they’ve spent more time flipping turkey burgers on their Webers than working hard jobs.

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