A History of Collective Joy
Barbara Ehrenreich
Read by Pam Ward

When fans do a wave at the ballpark, they’re acting out of communal joy, an ancient human impulse that, according to social critic Barbara Ehrenreich, doesn’t get its due in Western culture. Ehrenreich traces joy from ancient celebrations to modern sporting events and rock concerts. Her writing switches between analysis and wry commentary and calls for more joy in everyday lives. Pam Ward shifts gears ably and brings out all of these qualities, making listening a joyous experience that holds listeners’ attention. While the author does suggest that more sharing of joy can be beneficial, Ehrenreich’s book mostly shines light on the history of celebration and society’s attitudes toward festivities. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 07]

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