Whiskey Breakfast: My Swedish Family, My American Life

Whiskey Breakfast My Swedish Family My American Life Chicago in the s Clark Street was the city s last Swedetown a narrow corridor of weather beaten storefronts coal yards and taverns running along the north side of the city and the locus of Swed

  • Title: Whiskey Breakfast: My Swedish Family, My American Life
  • Author: Richard C. Lindberg
  • ISBN: 9780816646845
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chicago in the 1920s Clark Street was the city s last Swedetown, a narrow corridor of weather beaten storefronts, coal yards, and taverns running along the north side of the city and the locus of Swedish community life in Chicago during the first half of the twentieth century It represented a way station for a generation of working class immigrants escaping the hardshipsChicago in the 1920s Clark Street was the city s last Swedetown, a narrow corridor of weather beaten storefronts, coal yards, and taverns running along the north side of the city and the locus of Swedish community life in Chicago during the first half of the twentieth century It represented a way station for a generation of working class immigrants escaping the hardships of the old country for the promise of a brighter new day in a halfway house of sorts, perched between the old and new lands For Richard C Lindberg, whose Swedish immigrant parents and grandparents settled there, it was also the staging ground for an intensely personal, multigenerational, coming of age drama based on the struggles of two disparate families their dreams and their depravities, their victories and their failures.Whiskey Breakfast is Lindberg s captivating tale of life as a first generation baby boomer Swedish American, caught between the customs of a land he had never been to and the desire to conform and fit into a troubled existence, tragically scarred by alcoholism, divorce, and peer abuse But it is also a powerful and intimate portrait of his immigrant ancestors, and especially of his father, Oscar a contractor and master builder who helped develop Chicago s post World War II suburbs A paradoxical man, known to some as a socialist, an anarchist, and a serious drinker, Oscar would carry with him to the grave a sixty two year old family secret, a secret that for Lindberg lies at the very heart of the great Swedish unrest that drove his father and countless other men and women out of Sweden and onward to America.Masterfully blending autobiography with immigrant history, Whiskey Breakfast surrounds Lindberg s family story with Swedish cultural history and politics, as well as remarkable Chicago history and how Clark Street and Swedetown became, and in many ways remain, a center of Swedish immigrants social and cultural life Far from a eulogy for an idealized past, Lindberg has crafted a moving and sobering memoir of a young man s struggle to come to terms with his father and himself, his immigrant heritage, and his native home.

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    • Well, I'm not a non-fiction reader, but sometimes a memior or biography calls out to me. This is about the author's Swedish family and growing up in and around Chicago beginning in the 1920's with his father's and grandfather's stories. Being from Chicago originally and having a Swedish family made me want to give it a try. I thought the book was well written and even though there were some sad tough times (mostly self-inflicted by the father and grandfather), it had me thinking about alot of Ch [...]


    • Lately I’ve taken an interest in finding out more about my Swedish American ancestors. I’ve been looking at my family tree from Ancestry, looking at family photos and other artifacts from the past, and conducting research into the way of life for the first-generation immigrants that traveled to America looking for a better life. During this research, I became aware of this memoir of life in a Swedish-American family in Chicago. Based on the description of this book, it looked like it could p [...]


    • I like memoirs--and biographies in general--more than fiction, particularly if I can identify in some way with the memoirist.In this case, the author is the son of a Swedish immigrant, an immigrant not much older than my own dad. Both men left Sweden in the 1920s as young men looking for adventure and a better life. The author has a complicated, formal relationship with his dad and suffered from emotional neglect as a child. The book centers on the actions and philosophy of the dad, who was a wo [...]


    • From a historical standpoint, this was an interesting book of the Swedish immigration into Chicago. However, I found the book rather depressing. I'm sure it was written as a therapeutic exercise, but what a sad, tragic life the author had. So bad, he never wanted to have children because he was afraid he would be a poor father.


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