Reborn in the USA

An Englishman's Love Letter to His Chosen Home

by Roger Bennett

On Sale: 06/29/2021

Reborn in the USA

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Reborn in the USA

An Englishman's Love Letter to His Chosen Home

by Roger Bennett

On Sale: 06/29/2021

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One-half of the celebrated Men in Blazers duo, longtime culture and soccer commentator Roger Bennett traces the origins of his love affair with America, and how he went from a depraved, pimply faced Jewish boy in 1980’s Liverpool to become the quintessential Englishman in New York. A memoir for fans of Jon Ronson and Chuck Klosterman, but with Roger Bennett’s signature pop culture flair and humor.

One of the earliest beliefs that I still cling onto in life, is that I was born a American trapped in an Englishman’s body. That is the kind of story you manufacture about yourself when you grow up in a place like Liverpool in the 1980’s.

(Re)Born in the USA is Roger Bennett’s homage to an adolescence as a triple outsider (Jewish in largely Catholic Liverpool, middle class in an overwhelmingly working-class community, and obsessed with American culture while his peers tended towards more deviant, borderline hooligan, behavior.) Throw in the fact that his father was a judge who campaigned on behalf of Margaret Thatcher in a town who thought of her as Medusa—the perfect recipe for ostracism. Bennett was happiest when playing chess with his grandfather, watching The Love Boat and Miami Vice, reading his hoarded copies of Rolling Stone, and blasting John Mellencamp’s Scarecrow, Public Enemy’s Yo! Bum Rush the Show, or Tracy Chapman’s debut Fast Car.  An American stuck in his native England.

Bennett gives voice to every teenager who longs to leave their hometown behind, who pines for a different life, and who will do just about anything to escape what makes their formative years awful. In this funny and moving book, he beautifully captures the universality of growing pains, growing up, and growing out of where you come from. And when given the chance to taste the sweet fruit of his dream and travel to the USofA, Bennet expresses the reckless abandon that prevails when youth experiences freedom (and The Beastie Boys) for the first time. Rich with late ’80s and ’90s pop culture references from both sides of the pond—and with Roger’s over-the-top sense of humor—(Re)Born in the USA is both a truly unique coming-of-age story in the vein of Jon Ronson and Chuck Klosterman and the love letter to America that this country needs right now.

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Critical Praise

"What makes Reborn in the USA so special is the storytelling: Bennett's hilarious, keenly observed, and deeply moving memoir reminds us that dreams can come true—if not always quite in the way we dreamt them. A wonderful book about coming-of-age in the 1980s, dreaming of a different life, and falling in love with an idea of a place—and then with the place itself." - John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down 

What's most compelling about this book is the way it shifts the view of how we're supposed to think about the United States. It's a British projection of late 20th century America that's now rejected by most Americans and assumed to be false. Yet what people in American have been conditioned to view as an illusion was wholly genuine to Roger Bennett, and this memoir is a remarkable reminder that perception is not merely a form of historical reality. Perception is all that we have. - Chuck Klosterman, bestselling author of But What If We're Wrong? and Chuck Klosterman X

Reborn in the USA is about a kid who grows up in the North of England, yearning to be an American in all its terrible glory. But it’s really about so much more. Hilariously written from Roger Bennett’s wry and thoughtful perspective, this book is a universal story of growing up and trying to figure out who you are in the world. A time capsule but also a timeless coming of age tale. - Nick Kroll, co-creator of Big Mouth, Netflix 

Bennett might be the only writer alive who can weave childhood obsessions with both the Super Bowl-winning Chicago Bears and Tracy Chapman into a singular coming of age story. Reborn in the USA is a poignant, rollicking read, reminding us not only of what it means to pursue the American dream, but what that dream should—and still can—represent. - Mina Kimes, NFL Analyst and Senior Writer, ESPN

“How many worlds can one bloke conquer? When that bloke is a warm hearted, funny, smart and hilarious storyteller named Roger Bennett is, the answer seems to be: as many as he wants. This book, part memoir part love letter to his adopted home country of the United States, Reborn in the USA captivated me from first page to last.” - Brian Koppelman, co-creator and showrunner, Billions

“It may not have been your teenage fever dream to leave your dull, rainy hometown in England to move to the land of neon, MTV, and the NFL. But it was Roger Bennett’s, and lucky for us, we get to read about it in hilarious, excruciating, and ultimately uplifting detail in (Re)Born in the USA. A book that celebrates growing up, popular culture, and, the universality of needing to become the person you’re meant to be.”  - Nora McInerny, bestselling author of It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too) and creator of the Terrible, Thanks for Asking podcast

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062958693
  • ISBN 10: 0062958690
  • Imprint: Dey Street Books
  • On Sale: 06/29/2021
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:34.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : HUMOR / Topic / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional
  • BISAC2 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • BISAC3 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration

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