Bobos in Paradise by David Brooks

Bobos in ParadiseI’ve been in Eugene almost four years now and am so grateful to Brooks for explaining to me what it means to live in a latte city. REI, vineyard tours, jeans at all events, save-the-bees, gardens in people’s front yards (that was hard for me to get used to), Whole-Paycheck markets: it all fits. Such a witty book.

And then there’s the last chapter, on politics. The book came out in 2000, and I smile today to read Brooks’s optimistic description of the new political world to come, in which Bobo politicians and their constituents “are more interested in consensus than conquest, civility than strife.” Amazing to think this is what we dreamed of. Lesson: forecasts have a short shelf life.

Reviewed by sarav

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