Readership: General readers interested in social history, who are compelled by what it means to be at home in America. People interested in the effects of separation - as experienced by soldiers, immigrants, and children.
Susan J. Matt, Presidential Distinguished Professor of History, Weber State University
Susan J. Matt is Presidential Distinguished Professor of History at Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah. She is the author of Keeping Up with the Joneses: Envy in American Consumer Society, 1890-1930.
"Matt brilliantly demolishes the myth of Americas irresistible allure for outsiders, while simultaneously revealing the costs of chasing the American dream." - Frances M. Clarke, American Historical Review.
"This is a very well balanced study covering all possible sources of homesickness and range of feelings ... this book is loaded with raw and intense expressions of emotion seldom uncovered, and the context of each group explaining the range of feeling is well documented." - Gary Cross, Journal of Social History
"Future writers, historical and otherwise, might be well served to use the vivid portrait
Matt provides to identify the substance of this perpetual pain and imagine by what logics it may ever be overcome." - Kathryn Lofton, Journal of American History
Chapter One: Emotions in Early America
Chapter Two: Painful Lessons in Individualism
Chapter Three: A House Divided
Chapter Four: Breaking Home Ties
Chapter Five: Immigrants and the Dream of Return
Chapter Six: Transferring Loyalties
Chapter Seven: Mama's Boys, Organization Men, Boomerang Kids, and the Surprising Persistence of the Extended Family
Conclusion Of Helicopter Parents, Facebook, and Wal-Mart: Homesickness in Contemporary America