Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn Booktalk

Join Behind the Book for an urgent and timely conversation with Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn discussing their latest book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope.

*All registrants will receive a signed, paperback copy of Tightrope in the mail. Event link will be emailed prior to the event.

About the book: The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of the acclaimed, best-selling Half the Sky now issue a plea–deeply personal and told through the lives of real Americans–to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure.

With stark poignancy and political dispassion, Tightrope draws us deep into an “other America.” The authors tell this story, in part, through the lives of some of the children with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon, an area that prospered for much of the twentieth century but has been devastated in the last few decades as blue-collar jobs disappeared. About one-quarter of the children on Kristof’s old school bus died in adulthood from drugs, alcohol, suicide, or reckless accidents. And while these particular stories unfolded in one corner of the country, they are representative of many places the authors write about, ranging from the Dakotas and Oklahoma to New York and Virginia.

About the authors: Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are the first married couple to win a Pulitizer Prize in journalism. They received the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement and many other prizes for groundbreaking work.