Nick McDonell, in conversation with Maggie Nelson, discusses Quiet Street

Nick McDonell

Nick McDonell grew up on New York City's Upper East Side, a neighborhood defined by its wealth and influence. As a child, McDonell enjoyed everything that rarefied world entailed--sailing lessons in the Hamptons, school galas at the Met, and holiday trips on private jets. But as an adult, he left it behind to become a foreign correspondent in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In Quiet StreetMcDonell returns to the sidewalks of his youth, exhuming with bracing honesty his upbringing and those of his affluent peers. From Gal├ípagos Island cruises and Tanzanian safaris to steely handshakes and schoolyard microaggressions to fox-hunting rituals and the courtship rites of sexually precocious tweens, McDonell examines the rearing of the ruling class in scalpel-sharp detail, documenting how wealth and power are hoarded, encoded, and passed down from one generation to the next. What's more, he demonstrates how outsiders--the poor, the nonwhite, the suburban--are kept out.

Searing and precise yet ultimately full of compassion, Quiet Street examines the problem of America's one percent, whose vision of a more just world never materializes. Who are these people? How do they cling to power? What would it take for them to share it? Quiet Street looks for answers in a universal experience: coming to terms with the culture that made you. (Pantheon Books)

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 7:00pm
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Book Soup
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ISBN: 9780593316788
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Published: Pantheon - August 22nd, 2023