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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dalton Conley Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN:
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Over the past three decades, our daily lives have changed slowly but dramatically. Boundaries between leisure and work, public space and private space, and home and office have blurred and become permeable. How many of us now work from home, our wireless economy allowing and encouraging us to work 24/7? How many of us talk to our children while scrolling through e-mails on our BlackBerrys? How many of us feel overextended, as we are challenged to play multiple roles - worker, boss, parent, spouse, friend, and client - all in the same instant?

Dalton Conley, social scientist and writer, provides us with an X-ray view of our new social reality. In Elsewhere, U.S.A., Conley connects our daily experience with occasionally overlooked sociological changes: women's increasing participation in the labor force; rising economic inequality generating anxiety among successful professionals; the individualism of the modern era - the belief in self-actualization and expression - being replaced by the need to play different roles in the various realms of one's existence. In this groundbreaking book, Conley offers an essential understanding of how the technological, social, and economic changes that have reshaped our world are also reshaping our individual lives. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 2/13/2014

    " I want to like this book--from the descriptions it seems that it describes my lifestyle pretty well. But 50 pages in, I'm not liking it much at all. Sorry, but using the word "paradigm" several times on the very first page is not a way to hook readers. Right now it's reading as a mildly interesting book appearing on a course syllabus, which I can only read a few pages at a time without falling asleep. The author IS a professor, which could be why it has that feel. It's short on actual examples of people's lives and long on complicated thoughts and sentences. The most interesting part so far is when he describes how is own wife ignores their child -- even when he has wet his bed and needs to be comforted by mom -- in order to keep working through all hours of the night. I keep waiting for him to mention his divorce but it appears that he doesn't think anything is wrong with his wife doing that because it's reflective of current societal norms. I'll give it one more chapter before it's reduced to "skim only" status. If it were from the library I'd probably be skimming already. ---- Update: Yep, it got reduced to skim-only! But I did finish it at least. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookmarks Magazine | 1/30/2014

    " A busy professional with an equally busy spouse -- he is Chair of New York University's Sociology Department; his wife is experimental designer Natalie Jeremijenko -- Dalton Conley lives the multiple lives he describes. Most critics think he has honed a forward-looking book that successfully combines personal anecdote and hard science. Even if his ideas are not cutting-edge, he is a "lively if sometimes overheated writer" (New York Times Book Review) who presents a snapshot of our times that some of those "intraviduals" might actually read on the morning commute. Conley's penchant for coining new expressions and his ability to synthesize discrete strands of information draw a few comparisons to the work of Malcolm Gladwell. That's not necessarily a good thing, though, as some critics feel Conley is more interested in creating lingo than in figuring out where Elsewhere is really at.This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Noah | 11/5/2013

    " I hated this book so much that I kept reading so I could find more things to hate about it. It's like an all-you-can-eat stereotype buffet. It opens with an absurd caricature of an urban professional as if Conley's ability to dream it up somehow proves his point. This becomes a habit, in which he simply makes huge assumptions and then works off of them without bothering to justify them. The only observations that I didn't hate were the completely obvious and unoriginal ones. I don't know why I don't learn my lesson about these books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimi | 9/5/2013

    " Wished it was less sociology and more philosophy (the multiple-selves thing). Entertaining enough in a 3-star way, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 9/1/2013

    " Great read on how profoundly daily life has changed in the last 40+ years. And not always for the better. Fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 8/28/2013

    " very interesting read. Makes me feel old though as the author is almost talking about another generation taking over. . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 5/29/2013

    " Thesis was a little all over the place, but a lot of good social commentary on the negative impact of "stuff" and being constantly connected in our society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Grant | 4/21/2013

    " A should-read book for knowledge workers and entrepreneurs on concepts and social trends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Lewis | 1/24/2013

    " Good book that discusses how our business life is now co-mingling with our personal life "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 11/20/2012

    " Easy read- and interesting read as well about how we live and how the public/private lives we lead are blurred. Didn't know he was also the author of "Honky" which is a book I received about 6 years ago and haven't read yet! Will be digging it out of storage to check it out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 9/25/2012

    " Intelligent and well-researched, I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in why we are where we are at currently in regards to the 24-hour work cycle, which I personally desperately try to get away from. An excellent book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/29/2012

    " An interesting view of our fast paced lives with new research to explain why we never get it all done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murray Stokely | 3/20/2011

    " Great sociological review of how american society has changed from the time of the 1950's "Organization Man" to the current always on blackberry lifestyle with less and less true leisure time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 3/1/2011

    " Short book on demographic changes in the US and how upper-middle class lives are changing; over-generalized at times but some interesting insights "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carter Powers | 1/24/2011

    " The 1st 100 and last 8 pages are worth a read. It presents an interesting perspective on the changing role of work and leisure in today's world ... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 10/23/2010

    " Mostly boring. I skimmed through and wasn't sucked in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benboy | 10/15/2010

    " interesting all the way through "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 9/16/2010

    " Mostly boring. I skimmed through and wasn't sucked in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 7/9/2010

    " A sociological view on how the family and work dynamic has changed with the advent of technology and work and such. I’m still not sure if I liked it - some conclusions sat well with me, some did not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carter | 7/7/2010

    " The 1st 100 and last 8 pages are worth a read. It presents an interesting perspective on the changing role of work and leisure in today's world ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 3/10/2010

    " Definitely full of facts and things to think about, whether or not I entirely agree with the thesis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 11/17/2009

    " Intelligent and well-researched, I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in why we are where we are at currently in regards to the 24-hour work cycle, which I personally desperately try to get away from. An excellent book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karenclifford61 | 9/19/2009

    " I enjoy comparing social/culture changes between generations and this book definitely outlines how much faster our world has changed in the last 50 years, and whether or not we can call that progress? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 9/12/2009

    " Thesis was a little all over the place, but a lot of good social commentary on the negative impact of "stuff" and being constantly connected in our society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 6/24/2009

    " Easy read- and interesting read as well about how we live and how the public/private lives we lead are blurred. Didn't know he was also the author of "Honky" which is a book I received about 6 years ago and haven't read yet! Will be digging it out of storage to check it out. "

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About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.