. . . to try to figure out what the heck is wrong with those people. Big business has destroyed their health and crushed their dreams, and the federal government just wants to help, but they are Tea Partiers and don't support expanded government. What the hell?!
Here are two reviews of the book she has recently published.
A friendly review: "What a liberal sociologist learned from spending five years in Trump's America".
A critical review (in the Washington Post): "A Berkeley sociologist made some tea party friends — and wrote a condescending book about them".
I haven't read the book, but the review in the Post sounds right.