Reborn in the USA: An Englishman's Love Letter to His Chosen Home

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5.7 X 8.8 X 1.3 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Roger Bennett is the co-author of Bar Mitzvah Disco, Camp Camp, And You Shall Know Us By the Trail of Our Vinyl, and, most recently, The ESPN World Cup Companion. He has written about sports, music, and culture for the New York Times, ESPN: The Magazine, and Time, among others. He lives in New York, and ping pong brings out his violent side.

Eli Horowitz designs and edits books for McSweeney's. After a childhood spent consistently losing at ping pong to his father and brother in their Virginia basement, he now lives in San Francisco.


"Fast, funny and often endearing. . . a candid and funny account of growing up in the wrong country and making it right." -- Wall Street Journal

Roger Bennett - a co-host of the "Men in Blazers" show - wrote a memoir filled with silliness, sports, and pop culture. It's good for a laugh, but it's also a thoughtful memoir about his love for the US and how to be a beacon of joy in a divided country. -- Business Insider

"What makes Reborn in the USA so special is the storytelling: Bennett's hilarious, keenly observed, and deeply moving memoir reminds us that dreams can come true--if not always quite in the way we dreamt them. A wonderful book about coming-of-age in the 1980s, dreaming of a different life, and falling in love with an idea of a place--and then with the place itself." -- John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down

What's most compelling about this book is the way it shifts the view of how we're supposed to think about the United States. It's a British projection of late 20th century America that's now rejected by most Americans and assumed to be false. Yet what people in American have been conditioned to view as an illusion was wholly genuine to Roger Bennett, and this memoir is a remarkable reminder that perception is not merely a form of historical reality. Perception is all that we have. -- Chuck Klosterman, bestselling author of But What If We're Wrong? and Chuck Klosterman X

Reborn in the USA is about a kid who grows up in the North of England, yearning to be an American in all its terrible glory. But it's really about so much more. Hilariously written from Roger Bennett's wry and thoughtful perspective, this book is a universal story of growing up and trying to figure out who you are in the world. A time capsule but also a timeless coming of age tale. -- Nick Kroll, co-creator of Big Mouth, Netflix

Bennett might be the only writer alive who can weave childhood obsessions with both the Super Bowl-winning Chicago Bears and Tracy Chapman into a singular coming of age story. Reborn in the USA is a poignant, rollicking read, reminding us not only of what it means to pursue the American dream, but what that dream should--and still can--represent. -- Mina Kimes, NFL Analyst and Senior Writer, ESPN

"How many worlds can one bloke conquer? When that bloke is a warm hearted, funny, smart and hilarious storyteller named Roger Bennett, the answer seems to be: as many as he wants. This book, part memoir part love letter to his adopted home country of the United States, Reborn in the USA captivated me from first page to last." -- Brian Koppelman, co-creator and showrunner, Billions

"It may not have been your teenage fever dream to leave your dull, rainy hometown in England to move to the land of neon, MTV, and the NFL. But it was Roger Bennett's, and lucky for us, we get to read about it in hilarious, excruciating, and ultimately uplifting detail in (Re)Born in the USA. A book that celebrates growing up, popular culture, and, the universality of needing to become the person you're meant to be." -- Nora McInerny, bestselling author of It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too) and creator of the Terrible, Thanks for Asking podcast

Entertaining... Bennett is good-natured, self-deprecating, and wryly observant throughout... A three-cheers homage to an America that, Bennett suggests, is returning to its open-arms promise of days past. -- Kirkus Reviews