Angels in America is the story of WASP lawyer Prior Walter and those surrounding his life. Prior has just been diagnosed with AIDS, and his life crumbles over the course of the play while various subplots handle themes as diverse as McCarthyism, the Rosenberg trials, and religious prophecy. The play is a seminal work of the state of gay culture and closeted culture in middle-class America, as well as a unique look at San Franciscos's history.
Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America is a 1989 book by David Hackett Fischer about four groups of people that emigrated from England to the United states and how, he believes, these groups remain relevant socially, culturally and politically in the contemporary United States. The book examines the Pilgrims from East Anglia to Massachusetts, the indentured servants from Southern England to Virginia, the farmers from North Britain to the South, and the Quakers from the North Midlands to the Mid-Atlantic region.
Democracy in America is an examination of American society by the French political philosopher, Alexis de Tocqueville. The two-volume work examines the continual progress of democracy and equality over the past seven hundred years and attempts to explain why the republican form of government in the US has lasted so long. Tocqueville discusses equality, the middle class, national sovereignty, both the constraints and relative freedom of American women, the separation of church and state and threats to American democracy.
Nickel and Dimed is a work of investigative journalism. In the book, author Barbara Ehrenheich takes a series of jobs that pay minimum wage to discover how people who earn a low income make ends meet. She learns that surviving on minimum wage is so difficult that most workers can't afford to rent apartments or live on their own. She also learns that the work is degrading and that the people who are meant to provide assistance to the poor aren't always helpful.