Flyover Lives by Diane Johnson

Flyover Lives by Diane Johnson

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Growing up in the small river town of Moline, Illinois, Diane Johnson always dreamed of floating down the Mississippi and off to see the world. Years later, at home in France, a French friend teases her: “Indifference to history—that’s why you Americans seem so naïve and don’t really know where you’re from.”

The j’accuse stayed with Johnson. Were Americans indifferent to history? Her own family seemed always to have been in the Midwest. Surely they had got there from somewhere? In digging around, she discovers letters and memoirs written by generations of stalwart pioneer ancestors that testify to more complex times than the derisive nickname “The Flyover” gives the region credit for.


  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (January 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670016403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670016402
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces