Foxes Unearthed

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  • Author: Lucy Jones
  • Title: Foxes Unearthed
  • Published: 2016
  • Table of contents: 6 chapters; 282 pages
  • Trivia: Lucy also runs her own blog called Wildlife Daily.
  • Trivia: She writes for various wildlife magazines including BBC Earth and BBC Wildlife.
  • Trivia: Fox Project on Facebook is interesting to read!
  • Trivia: Discover BBC Wildlife Magazine!
  • Trivia:  Read for my own challenge #NatureFromMyArmchair
  • Trivia: You can follow me on Twitter!


  1. I am determined to learn more about the world around me.
  2. I’ve lined up some books about animals, nature, birds, weather etc.
  3. Hero or villain: Few animals divide opinion like the Red Fox.
  4. Yet the fox is a success story.
  5. He thrives thrive across the northern hemisphere
  6. …from desert and mountain to farmland and urban jungle.
  7. I thoroughly enjoyed this book….well-done Lucy Jones!

Ch 1: Cunning as a fox

  1. Ability to solve problems…
  2. Makes quick decisions to get food…we perceive this as intelligence.
  3. Animals (fox) give a writer so much opportunity
  4. …to expose  human’s  flaws, foibles, and virtues
  5. …while they speak, reason and carry a moral or deeper meaning.
  6. Reynard the Fox….don’t eat too much, don’t brag, don’t be greedy….and more this and that’s.



  1. Fox hunting was in full swing in England
  2. …but  Lucy Jones fails to make any reference to Jane Austen novels.
  3. Given Austen’s love of the gentry, one might expect the sport to form at least a back round.
  4. The hunt is mentioned in three of her major novels and
  5. …two minor ones, but only in reference to particular characters.

Ch 2: Fox in the henhouse

  1. Jones brings us ‘up close and personal’  to fox Hetty
  2. …and the photographer who as raised her since birth.
  3. This was a fascinating chapter!
  4. It makes you wish you studied wildlife in school and
  5. made it your life’s work…like Lucy Jones!


Ch 3: To Catch a Fox

  1. Message: wildlife management (foxes) should be based on
  2. good science and hard evidence.
  3. Wildlife management covers a range of activities
  4. not all involving the culling of wild animals.
  5. It is naive to think wildlife can be properly managed
  6. without some form of culling (foxes).
  7. Surprised to read Brian May (former guitarist in band Queen, astrophysicist)
  8. is also an animal welfare activist.
  9. I agree with his advice:
  10. “We need to stop controlling wildlife and start controlling ourselves“. (pg 110).
  11. We destroy the habitat required by the animals.

Ch 4: Tally Ho!

  1. No book about the fox can avoid the issue of The Fox Hunt.
  2. Jones tells us  the details of ‘proper fox hunt etiquette’ and rituals.
  3. There will always be a gap between
  4. ….city and country people, against or opposed to the fox hunt.
  5. Jones tries to explain both sides of the argument.
  6. The Hunting Act 2004 is complex.
  7. 2010:
  8. 76%  opposed  repealing the Hunting Act 
  9. 18% support for repeal.
  10. Many supporters of hunting have moved to Ireland  to hunt with  Irish packs.
  11. “You can please some of the people all of the time
  12. …you can please all of the people some of the time
  13. …but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”. (Abraham Lincoln)


Ch 5: Friends and Foes

  1. This was ‘the eye-opener’ chapter for me.
  2. I had NO idea how much bitterness and even violence
  3. that still swirls around hunters and ‘sabs’
  4. (saboteurs, animal activists) despite the ban on hunting!

Ch 6: The Fox Next Door

  1. Why did foxes start appearing in cities in the 20th C?
  2. There are more than 10.000 foxes living in London!
  3. The spread of the suburbs after WW II was an ideal habitat
  4. …with large gardens and this was a bridge into the cities.
  5. I went for several walks while reading this book
  6. …and have yet to see my first fox!


  1. Strong point: Jones explains the connection between
  2. …what we know of foxes
  3. …and how we act towards them.
  4. Much of what we know about foxes is from
  5. …myth, hearsay, literature and folklore.
  6. Strong point: I enjoyed ch 1: ‘fox’ in language and literature.
  7. The  image of the fox has changed over the course of time.
  8. Jones takes us from the 1869 trickster Reynard the Fox
  9. …to the 2015 lonely and lovable fox in The Fox and the Star .
  10. Weak point….for me: personally
  11. I’m not interested in the best way to cull a fox
  12. …or the back round information about the Hunt Act 2004.
  13. I skimmed these parts.
  14. Strong point: Lucy Jones goes undercover with ‘sabs’ to
  15. …give the reader an idea how violent ‘fox politics’ can be!
  16. I did not know a fox was so controversial!
  17. Last thoughts:
  18. Although the media love to portray foxes as
  19. marauding, viscous and dangerous
  20. …Lucy Jones gives  foxes in this well-written book
  21. …some  #PostivePR!


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Posted by on December 3, 2016 in Uncategorized


The Marches


What was Stewart’s goal during these walks?

  1. He wanted to prove that the
  2. …English and Scottish Borders are basically the same people.
  3. They share the same history, hence the border is irrelevant.
  4. Stewart  confesses he found three distinct countries!
  5. north of the modern boarder
  6. south of  Hadrian’s Wall
  7. area between the border and the wall.

Title:  The Marches (1066-1604)

  1. This is a frontier zone between the England and Scotland.
  2.  Border clashes were common.
  3. The monarchs of both countries relied on March Lords to defend this frontier.
  4. The Marches were also fertile ground for many bandits and raiders.
  5. In 1604 King James I of England declared this zone unified Britain, ‘Middle Shires’ .
  6. Stewart walked 26 days through Middleland (643 km; 400 miles) in  2012.

Hadrian’s Wall: walk 2011

  1. Hadrian’s Wall has long attracted hikers
  2. …stretching from Wallsend in the east to Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast.
  3. It took 20.000 men 10 years to build using 20 million cut stones!
  4. It is now the heart of an 84-mile-long (135 km) National Trail.
  5. The Conservative MP Rory Stewart finds history in almost every step
  6. …as he follows the path of the Roman-era fort in Northern England.
  7. Stewart walked 4 days  along Hadrian’s Wall (113 km; 81 miles) in 2011.


  • Quickscan:
  • History of Hadrian’s Wall and early settlers of Scotland and England.
  • Bonding: father (88 yr) and son (38 yr)
  • Flashbacks: Father – lifetime employ British military; secret service
  • Flashbacks: Son – British military in Iraq and Afghanistan;  conservative MP in Parliament
  • Retelling: of the author’s hike’s
  • Hadrian’s Wall:
  • Stewart walks along the ramparts while father meets him each evening
  • …in the local B&B for their talk.
  • Middleland walk:   walks in one of the most remote parts of Britain
  • Middleland: Stewart tries to find a connection between the
  • …modern settlements and historical landscapes.
  • He was disappointed: 9 out of 10 people interviewed in villages….were not born there!
  • Stewart learned that the traditions he hope to see and experience disappeared
  • 250 years ago…according to  Dr. S. Johnson’s tour through the Highlands 1773!
  • A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (published 1775)


Hadrian’s Wall (100-400 AD)  fort and cross section:




  1. Strong point: the bonding of father and son
  2. ….two different personalities and generations…very touching. (see foto’s)
  3. Strong point: Country walks, descriptions of flora and fauna.
  4. I can follow Stewart while looking at Google
  5. …images of Harter Fell, Glenredding and Skiddaw (see photo’s)
  6. Weak point:  Part 2 –  I had to PUSH through the interviews with locals.
  7. I felt the book deflating and
  8. …hoped Stewart would soon reconnect with his father.
  9. I feel that the book loses some ‘punch’ when father disappears
  10. …out of the narrative.
  11. This feisty man really adds to the joy of reading the book!
  12. Strong point:  comparisons
  13. Begin-End of Middleland:  reveals the multiple changes of the land…pg 229-231 (powerful).
  14. Empires: Roman vs British (ancestors)
  15. Occupiers: Romans in England vs  British forces in Iraq, Afghanistan (son)
  16. Occupiers: Romans in England vs  British Malaya (1895-1946) (father)
  17. Insurgency: ancestors, son and father all tried to ‘win the hearts and minds’ of locals
  18. Last thoughts: I learned about history of Hadrian’s Wall,
  19. …topography, fauna and flora of Cumbria and The Marches.
  20. That I can recommend.
  21. But I think Stewart’s father sums up my complaint
  22. …about the interviews on page 288:
  23. “Well, I’m sure you’re right, darling, but I don’t want to hear too much
  24. …about these people.”.
  25. #FatherKnowsBest.…!
  1. Just look at this breathtaking foto of Harter Fell or Glenredding in the Lake District.
  2. Harter is from the Norse word Hjartar…as Hart of Deer Hill.


Lake District Cumbria – Glenredding


Skiddaw  4th largest mountain in England:

  1. It should not be underestimated, despite the fact that it is generally smooth rather than craggy.
  2. It has  ‘arctic’ conditions on the top, even in summer.


England – Scotland border at Gretna:

  1. No barbed wire fences
  2. ….no bayonets threatening each other
  3. ….just 5 steps in the water!


Father:   Brian Stewart:

  1. Interested in:  how people got things done!


Son:   Rory Stewart:

  1. Interested in:  people’s motivations and their legacy.





Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Uncategorized


Nonfiction November: wrap-up


This week’s link-up is hosted by Lory at Emerald City Book Review and this is the prompt:

  1. New to My TBR: It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books!
  2. Which ones have made it onto your TBR?
  3. Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!
  4. You can follow me on Twitter!
  5. Post: week 1 ‘My Year of Non-Fiction 2016
  6. Post: week 3 “Be the Expert”

Nonfiction book added to my  ‘ to read list’:

  • Spaceman: An Astronauts’s Unlikely Journey  – Novels and Nonfiction
  • “From the description of Spaceman I was hoping for a lot less overdone
  • life advice and a lot more marvels of science and space – and that’s exactly what I got.”


  • Sisters in LawLakeside Musings
  • “…two extraordinary women with very different legal styles, philosophies,
  • and paths to the highest court.
  • If you’re at all interested in the Supreme Court, this is a must read.”


  • An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth – JulzReads
  • “This guy is just so positive and inspiring…”


  • My Life in France by Julia ChildUnruly Reader
  • “…this is one joyful memoir. It’s downright jubilant.
  • Once Julia found her passion, she threw herself into the hard work of mastery,
  • and she conveys the delight she took in the work.”


  • My Year of Living DanishlyBased on a True Story
  • “I read the most memoirs — about 25 depending on how you define that.
  • The topics are all so different that is hard to pick I favorite.
  • I enjoyed them all.”


  • The Old WaysThe Emerald City Book Review
  • “Subtitled “a journey on foot,” this is the story of the author’s rambles from his
  • Cambridge home across the old paths and byways of Britain,
  • and further afield on the pilgrimage ways of Europe.
  • I’m interested in how it illuminates the interior path as well as the external journey.”



Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Uncategorized


World From My Armchair Challenge


World From My Armchair Challenge:

  1. I love to travel….but hate to leave home.
  2. When I found this challenge on Halfman, Halfbook
  3. … I knew this would be a golden opportunity to see the world!
  4. I read one travel book in 2013 and it was the best book I read in years…still is.
  5. On the Trails of Genghis Khan by Australian Tim Cope.
  6. I will start gathering some book titles today!
  7. BTW  there are 192 countries in the world and 18 large seas or oceans…
  8. …so this challenge will take four years.
  9. What could be more important than learning about this planet
  10. …and become aware that we have to do something to save it!
  11. You can follow me on Twitter!
  12. #WorldFromMyArmchair


  1. The Marches – R. Stewart (30.11.2016) – United Kingdom




Posted by on November 27, 2016 in Uncategorized


My Brilliant Career


  • Author: Miles Franklin  (1879-1954)
  • Title: My Brilliant Career
  • Published: 1901
  • Table of contents: 38 chapters; 240 pages
  • Genre: “…neither is it a  novel, but simply a yarn…” (introduction)
  • Trivia: My Brilliant Career was hailed as the first truly Australian novel.
  • Trivia: read for Australian Women Writers 2016
  • Trivia: read for AusReadingMonth
  • Trivia: read for Women’s Classic Literature Event
  • You can follow me on Twitter!
  • #AWW2016
  • #ausreadingmonth
  • #bronasbooks
  • #ccwomenclassics


1. Explain the title. In what way is it suitable to the story?
The title is ironic….Sybylla has no career! (pg 22 ch 5)
Her life dairying was hard work.
She felt a stinging ….kind of poverty and peasantry.

2. What is the predominant element in the story?    Characterization

  • Aunt Helen Bossier:  something beautifully sincere and real about her
  • Harold Beecham: larrikrin; squattocracy; intelligently silent
  • Frank Hawden: jackeroo; good character
  • Everard Grey:  carpet knight (idler); mawkish style
  • Grandmother Bossier: essence of brisk respectability in black silk gown
  • Lucy Bossier Melvyn: creature of circumstance (mother)
  • Richard Melyvn: crippled with ideas of Utopian honesty; slave of drink (father)

3. Who is the single main character? – Sybylla

  1. Sybylla = climbing plant (ch 4)
  2. Franklin describes her young spirit maturing….
  3. like a climbing plant without a pole.
  4. It groped on the ground.
  5. It became rank and sour.
  6. It needed a master hand to train and prune it.
  7. Franklin describes Sybylla as in
  8. “weeded out of the family” (ch 6)
  1. Sybylla = piece of machinery (ch 6)
  2. I’m a piece of machinery.
  3. winds up wrongly, setting the
  4. wheels out of my composition
  5. …going in creaking discord.
  1. Sybylla = young mare (ch 13)
  2. Well-shaped young filly
  3. Thoroughbred
  1. Sybylla =  sword  (ch 36)
  2. She would be a two edged sword…
  3. ..gashing his (Beechem) fingers at every turn
  4. …and eventually stabbing his honest heart.

4. How does the author handle characterization? – Sybylla
: speaks in regional and formal English learned from Victorian literature.
Actions: Sybylla strikes marriage suitor with a whip! – Sybylla

5. What sort of conflict confronts the leading character or characters?

External: Fate vs Free will
Sybylla wants to have a brilliant career as a writer.
How can she achieve her dreams while working
in a filthy outback household doing farm chore?

Internal:  Fate vs Free will
Sybylla must choose ‘safe marriage‘ or a brilliant career?
Life series of trade-offs, and that no one can have it all.

6.  How is the conflict resolved?
You’ll have to read the book!

7. Who tells the story?    Narrated by Sybylla in an autobiographical style.

8. What is the general theme of the story?
I think the theme and key to the success of the book
lies in this basic thought of a rebellious voice:
a strong willed woman does NOT have to settle for less
when she knows she is capable of more!

9. Where does the primary action take place?

Caddagat – based upon Franklin’s place of birth and family’s property at Talbingo


Five-Bob Downs – located in Argalong, Australia


Possum Gully – located in Komungla, Australia

10. What is the timeline? 3 years –  life in the outback  16-19th  birthday.

11. How does the story get started,  initial incident?
Sybylla Melvyn was born on a large estate in the Australian Outback.
When Sybylla accepts an invitation from her
wealthy grandmother to stay on her estate at Caddagat.

12. Briefly describe the rising action:
Sybylla’s idyll at Caddagat also comes to an abrupt end
when she must take a job as governess.

13. What is the high point, or climax, of the story?
Sybylla must make a lifetime decision.

14. Discuss the falling action or close of the story.
“Time rules us all. And life, indeed, is not the thing we planned it out…
And then, we women cannot choose our lot.” (ch 38)

15.Does this story create any special mood?
I enjoyed the mood of ‘being rescued by Aunt Helen’.
Finally Sybylla felt happy.
Aunt Helen  was the “master needed to train and prune her,” (ch 4)
“Rub off some of your gloomy pessimism and cultivate
…a little more healthy girlish vanity.” (ch 9)
Aunt Helen was the right person at the right time!

16 Is this story realistic or true to life?
The book was seen by its readers to be
autobiography rather than fiction.
Sybil does not  have a Jane Austenian future
…she has other ideas about marriage:


  1. It is “the most horribly tied-down and unfair-to-women existence” (ch 7)
  2. Sybylla  despises marriage and she refuses to “perpetuate” it.
  3. Sybylla rejects 3 proposals!
  4. “…marriage lowest degradation that could be heaped on me!” (ch 12)

17. Can you find any examples of figurative language and allusions?
This time I just looked for some typical Australians words:
squattocracy  (Australian) – squatters regarded as rich and influential
jackeroo:  (Australian) a young male trainee on a sheep or cattle station
larrikin: (Australian) person given to comical or outlandish behavior.

Allusion: Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson  — (pg 54)

  1. Banjo Paterson – Australian,describes a the romantic side of the Australian bush
  2. Henry Lawson  – Australian, describes  the ‘bush’ with no romantic illusions.
  3. Lawson revealed a grim view of the outback.
  4. Miles Franklin was influenced mostly by Lawson.
  5. “I pored over the realism of (Henry) Lawson; enjoyed (Banjo) Paterson’s redolence.”
  6. I now understand Franklin’s  remarks in her introduction:
  7. “This in not a romance…
  8. “Do not fear encountering such trash as descriptions of beautiful sunsets..
  9. …leave such vain and foolish imaginings to those poets and painter.”

Allusion: Australian journal:  Bulletin  — (pg 78)

  1. I’m sure Miles Franklin read this journal!
  2. It became a platform for young and aspiring writers
  3. to showcase their short stories and poems to large audiences.
  4. By 1890, it was the focal point of an emerging
  5. literary nationalism known as the”Bulletin School”.  (pg 78)

18. Does the story contain a single effect or impression for the reader?
Sybylla was fighting a losing battle with fate.
ch 7:
“…forced to sit with tied hands and patiently suffer
as the waves of fate tossed them“.
Fate had thought fit to deny me even one advantage.

19: What were the sentences that impressed you the most?
Sybylla wants nothing to do with marriage, love or men.
But she does feels attracted to Beecham
Miles Franklin writes this phrase that I will remember!
Heed the spark or you may dread the fire.

Conclusion:        Why was this book such a success in 1901?

  1. The book is refreshing, different
  2. …in a is still essentially a male-dominated society in Australia.
  3. It was a young girl’s autobiography rather than fiction.
  4. Franklin describes the hard life, the life of stinging poverty.
  5. A family falls apart for lack of money.
  6. A family that  struggles against nature.
  7. The book described real life in the bush.
  8. It is a grim view of the outback.
  9. It was Australian realism…life without romantic sunsets.
  10. Language: Franklin had a straightforwardness and the “kick” in her writing.
  11. Reading public: Australians who felt the heavy hand of fate in their lives
  12. Women: Sybylla rejects marriage as the only future a woman has
  13. ….there is more to life!
  14. Nationalism: Franklin ends the book with a
  15. …salute to all the hard working Australians!
  1. Last thoughts:
  • Issues: alcoholism; debts; bitter efffects of isolation;
  • Issues: poverty; ignorance;
  • Issues: exploitation of women (dairy farming; servant for M’Swat)
  • Issue: struggle against nature that impoverishes the rural classes
  • Strong point: sense of nationalism; sympathy for the isolated rural classes
  • Strong point: sympathy for Sybylla: absence culture makes one value its presence.
  • Strong point: sense of place; vast distances people one must travel in Australia
  • Strong point: sense of isolation how it effects people (harden, cruel, coarse)
  • Weak point: sense of   ‘woe-is-me’ ing
  • Franklin goes a little overboard with
  • her glorified moaning (end of ch 7) and
  • ‘I’m ugly, plain and no one cares about me” (throughout the book)
  • Naturalism: despite one’s environment
  • (isolated Australian bush country)
  • Sybylla can become a success by working hard
  • never giving up on her dreams.
  • Miles Franklin is an example of a good feelingsuccess story!



Posted by on November 26, 2016 in Uncategorized


Nonfiction November wk 4 ‘be the expert’


Nonfiction November 2016

  1. Hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey
  2. Lory at Emerald City Book Review
  3. Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves
  4. Rachel at Hibernator’s Library
  5. and Julz at Julz Reads
  • #NonficNov
  • You can follow me on Twitter!

Week 4: (Nov 21 – 25) – (JulzBe The Expert — Ask the Expert  – Become the Expert:

Three ways to join in this week!

  1. You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert).
  2. You can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert).
  3. You can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).


  1. I was following the  US election all night 08 November 2016.
  2. I live in The Netherlands…so this was not a ‘prime time’ event!
  3. I watched the numbers on the  ‘Magic Wall’  of CNN  John King.
  4. The nail biting started around 0300 am ….Florida.
  5. John King frenetically searched  in the ‘pockets’ of each Florida county
  6. …looking for votes to be counted.
  7. Then it was time for Ohio.  The search continued.
  8. You know the candidate who wins Florida and Ohio is the new president.
  9. When I knew the news…..I went to bed.
  10. I thought….it will be all right…
  11. ….there’s still ‘The Blue Wall’ !
  12. There is nothing more democratic than
  13. Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania!
  14. But when I saw the headlines on the TV…. my eyes saw it
  15. …..but my brain could not process it.
  16. I have reading glasses  and I thought my eyes were playing tricks.
  17. It took 4 cups of  ‘café serré’  to let the news sink in.
  18. What was crucial during this election?
  19. Clinton  lost in part… because of the CLASS gap between women.
  20. 28% of white women w/o college education did not vote for her. #crucial
  21. Class was more important than gender. HRC did not expect that!
  • I have tried to grasp what is going on in US society and politics.
  • I concentrated on class differences.

Hillbilly Elegy (J.D. Vance)  – Appalachia, the Rust Belt

  1. Americans (especially in ‘fly-over’ land)
  2. meaning the Rust Belt (and..the Sun Belt, Bible Belt)
  3. wanted change….and now.
  4. But Trump didn’t pay taxes!
  5. Joe Coffee said, I don’t care…he didn’t get arrested…good for him.
  6. But look what he said about women!
  7. Joe Coffee said, I don’t care…as long as he does his job.
  8. This was a fascinating to read about a slice of society that is the base of the New Right.


Dark Money (J. Mayer) – billionaire corporate conservative elite

This was just plain ‘scary’ !

  1. US political system is awash in unlimited, untraceable cash.
  2. Wealth has given the super-rich the power
  3. to steer the economic and political direction
  4. of the United States and undermine its democracy.
  5. More importantly ‘big donors’  expect….return on investment!


Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Rightevangelical Tea Party

  1. I still remember Obama’s words at last rally:
  2. “People, don’t be bamboozled, don’t be okie-dokied…”
  3. Yet the nation still voted for Trump.
  4. Trump  focused on emotions rather than detailed policy plans.
  5. The people united with him, felt secure and respected.
  6. They were more.
  7. Now Obama invites Trump to Washington for …#TransitionOfPower
  8. Hillary Clinton cancels the new curtains.





Posted by on November 21, 2016 in Uncategorized


Strangers in Their Own Land


  • Author: A.R. Hochschild
  • Title: Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
  • Published: 2016
  • Table of contents:  288 pages
  • Trivia: Finalist National Book Award Non-Fiction
  • Trivia: Louisiana ranks 49th out of 50 on general well-being of individuals.
  • Trivia: Louisiana has 2nd highest incidence of cancer for men.
  • You can follow me on Twitter!


  1. Arlie Russell Hochschild’s book
  2. addresses the increasingly bitter political divide in America.
  3. The book is based on five years of immersion reporting among Tea Party loyalists
  4. — now mostly supporters of Donald Trump.
  5. Hochschild tries to bridge an “empathy wall”
  6. between the two political sides.
  7. She wants to explore the “deep story”
  8. She wants to learn about the underlying the right
  9. …that remains unrecognized by the left.

Why are so many people in Louisiana overwhelmingly in favor of Donald Trump?

  1.  Louisiana is one of the poorest, most polluted states in the nation.
  2. It’s not about economic self interest…
  3. it’s about what the emotional self interest.
  4. These people feel they have
  5. ‘stood in line’ too long for the American Dream
  6. while they watch ‘line cutters’
  7. receive special treatment from government.
  8. [welfare, food stamps, unemployment payments]

The right has moved even MORE  ….to the right.  Why?

  1. People are being misled.
  2. The super-rich man’s economic agenda (Koch brothers) is paired
  3. with the bait of social issues.
  4. Through appeal to abortion bans, gun rights and school prayer…
  5. people are persuaded to embrace economic polices that hurt them !
  6. How do people get mislead? (see Tea Party)

What are some paradoxes in the book?

How could…

  1. Louisiana that is so vulnerable to volatile weather
  2. deny climate change?
  3. Louisiana where guns sold with NO  background checks and 
  4. has the highest rate of death by gunfire
  5. how could citizens remain ardent believers in ‘right to bear arms’.

What is Cancer Alley?

  1. Louisiana has 2nd highest incidence of cancer for men.
  2. Something is rotten in the state of Louisiana.
  3. It is the stretch along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.


Why would  Louisiana want to stop good climate legislation?

  1. It is just impossible to fathom.
  2. Louisiana has the worst health in the nation.
  3. Politicians did not focus on and did not say
  4. …everything people should know.
  5. It all comes down to jobs…not health.
  6. Oil brought jobs, jobs brought money and
  7. ironically a better life….the American Dream.
  8. You must choose between jobs….or clean air.

Why do people stay in this toxic waste  of Louisiana?

  1. Janice: through loyality to job-providing industry
  2. Jackie: the sacrifice we make for capitalism
  3. Donny: out of respect for…risk taking and bravery.

Explain the title. In what way is it suitable to the story?

  1. As Strangers in Their Own Land
  2. people in Louisiana (republicans)
  3. wanted their homeland back.
  4. They felt themselves on shaky economic ground.
  5. Their views about abortion, gay marriage confederate flag and guns
  6. …were held up to ridicule in national media as backward!
  7. The pledges of the Tea Party offered them respect.

What is the Tea Party?

  1. Hochschild interviewed many people
  2. during her field research in Louisiana.
  3. Their political opinions were
  4. …influenced …almost brainwashed…by The Tea Party
  5. The Tea Party’s message:
  6. reverse progressive reform
  7. (Environmental Protection Act, The Paris Agreement, Clean Air act)
  8. promote small government:
  9. Ronald Reagan  once said:
  10. “Government is not a solution to our problem; government is the problem.”
  11. This has become the unofficial slogan of the Tea Party movement.
  12. This anti elitist rebellion was funded,
  13. stirred and organized by experienced political elites.
  14. It is a mass rebellion funded by corporate
  15. billionaires, like Koch brothers.
  16. It is ceaselessly promoted by Fox News
  17. celebrities like Glenn Beck (has left Fox) and Sean Hannity.

What was the appeal of  Donald Trump for the people of Louisiana?

  1. Trump was an emotions candidate.
  2. He focused on emotions rather than detailed policy plans.
  3. The people united with him, felt secure and respected.
  4. They were more.
  5. Trump gave them a moment of release from
  6. ‘being politically correct.’
  7. It felt good…a kind of high.
  8. A release from feeling of being …
  9. Strangers in Their Own Land.


  1. I could tell you about the environmental destruction:
  2. its water, banks and air, birds, trees and fish.
  3. I could tell you about the cancer statistics around
  4. Bayou d’ Inde, Louisiana…
  5. but you should read this book yourself.
  6. It is so, so sad and shocking.
  7. It does sound like another land.
  8. It sounds like another planet!
  9. Hochschild pointed out something I missed.
  10. Trump spoke often of expelling illegal immigrants.
  11. In almost every rally Trump points to a protester
  12. and calls for their removal.
  13. This reinforced the ‘high’ of united brotherhood of believers.
  14. It felt like religious fervor, an act of casting out ‘the bad one’.
  15. This only help his fans share the sense of being ‘the good ones’.
  16. They were no longer Strangers in Their Own Land.
  17. Strong point: at the end of the book Hochshild compares
  18. Louisiana with Norway. This was a ‘real eye-opener’.
  19. Last thoughts:
  20. This was an amazingly insightful book.
  21. I learned so much about an America I did not know.
  22. I learned that pollution is one of the greatest threats to the USA.
  23. I’m afraid what will happen when the Republicans start
  24. …undoing all the good that has been done, EPA, Clean Air Act,
  25. …cutting funds for climate change research,
  26. …and seeing fracking as a ‘providential blessing.’
  27. God help…Louisiana.
  28. Disasters:  occur…but are soon forgotten.
  29. Lake Peigneur:  1980 drilling disaster
  30. Bayou Corne Sinkhole: 2012
  31. Deepwater Horizon oil spill  2010 (BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill)


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