Deer Hunting with Jesus
by Joe Bageant
Three Rivers / 288 pages / $13.95
Web columnist Joe Bageant reported on what he learned when he moved back to his hometown of Winchester, Va., which - like countless American small towns - is fast becoming the bedrock of a permanent underclass. By turns brutal, tender, incendiary and seriously funny, this book is a call to arms for fellow progressives with little real understanding of "the great beery, NASCAR-loving, church-going, gun-owning America that has never set foot in a Starbucks."