Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country

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Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country

By Steve Almond

Released Sunday, April 01, 2018

Bad Stories is an effort to make sense of our historical moment. The book argues that Trumpism is a bad outcome arising directly from the bad stories we tell ourselves. Using literature as a lens, Bad Stories explores our obsession with entertainment, sports, and political parody, the degeneration of our free press into a for-profit industry, and our enduring pathologies of race, class, immigration, and tribalism. It’s the book you can pass along to anguished fellow travelers with the promise, This will help you understand what the hell happened to our country.

Steve Almond is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times Bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His short stories have been anthologized widely, in the Best American Short Stories , The Pushcart Prize, Best American Erotica , and Best American Mysteries series. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine , the Boston Globe , the Washington Post , and elsewhere. He teaches at the Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard, and hosts the New York Times podcast “Dear Sugars” with fellow writer Cheryl Strayed.