September 2022

 

Every couple of months, we share with you a personal recommendation from Rinpoche of one of his favorite things—a book, a movie, a piece of music, a coffee shop, a book store, etc.

In issue two, we share a book recommended by Rinpoche.

 

 Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War by

Joe Bageant

Years beforeHillbilly Elegy and White Trash, a raucous, truthtelling look at the white working poor and why they have learned to hate liberalism. What it adds up to, Bageant asserts, is an unacknowledged class war.By turns tender, incendiary, and seriously funny, this book is a call to arms for fellow progressives with little real understanding of “the great beery, NASCARloving, churchgoing, gunowning America that has never set foot in a Starbucks.

Deer Hunting with Jesus is Joe Bageant’s report on what he learned when he moved back to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia. Like countless American small towns, it is fast becoming the bedrock of a permanent underclass. Two in five of the people in his old neighbourhood do not have high school diplomas or health care. Alcohol, overeating, and Jesus are the preferred avenues of escape. 

(Review from Google books)

This was quite an eyeopening book for me.”