Home Town

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Simon and Schuster, May 1, 2000 - History - 464 pages
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In this fascinating book, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder takes us inside the everyday workings of Northampton, Massachusetts -- a place that seems to personify the typical American hometown. Kidder unveils the complex drama behind the seemingly ordinary lives of Northampton's residents. And out of these stories he creates a splendid, startling portrait of a town, in a narrative that gracefully travels among past and present, public and private, joy and sorrow.
A host of real people are alive in these pages: a tycoon with a crippling ailment; a criminal whom the place has beguiled, a genial and merciful judge, a single mother struggling to start a new life at Smith College; and, at the center, a policeman who patrols the streets of his beloved hometown with a stern yet endearing brand of morality -- and who is about to discover the peril of spending a whole life in one small place. Their stories take us behind the town's facades and reveal how individuals shape the social conscience of a community. Home Town is an unflinching yet lovingly rendered account of how a traditional American town endures and evolves at the turn of the millenniums.
  

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User Review  - Mckinley - Goodreads

I read this when I lived there so it was fun to connect being there with the book. Read full review

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Too detailed to keep my interest. Read full review

Contents

Townie
3
The Morning Polka
33
A Restraining Order
57
A Moral Place
85
Hands
102
Hunting
124
Sanctuary
148
Too Cold for Crime
167
The Morning Polka 33
33
A Restraining Order 57
57
A Moral Place 85
85
Hands 102
102
Hunting 124
124
Sanctuary 148
148
Too Cold for Crime 167
167
Tearless Eager and Longing Eyes 197
197

Tearless Eager and Longing Eyes
197
Plain Miss Smith
211
Total Mindless Joy
217
The Witness List
246
Public Works
259
Meaning Well
267
The Caretaker
286
The Application
299
The Trial
307
Milton
332
Part V
333
The Farewell Sermon
359
Willoughby Gap
364
Karma
376
Free at Last
384
The Judge
408
Acknowledgments and Bibliography
419
Plain Miss Smith 211
211
Total Mindless Joy 217
217
The Witness List 246
246
Meaning Well 267
267
The Caretaker 286
286
The Application 299
299
The Trial 307
307
Milton 332
332
Part V
333
The Farewell Sermon 359
359
Willoughby Gap 364
364
Karma 376
376
Free at Last 384
384
The Judge 408
408
Acknowledgments and Bibliography 419
419
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About the author (2000)

Tracy Kidder was educated at the University of Iowa and Harvard University. He served in the US Army in Vietnam. Kidder has garnered numerous literary awards including the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction and the National Book Award for General Nonfiction both in 1982. He has also been honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, 1990 and the Christopher Award, 1990. His publications include numerous nonfiction articles and short fiction for The Atlantic and other periodicals. Non-Fiction books include The Road to Yuba City, Doubleday, 1974; The Soul of a New Machine, Atlantic Monthly-Little Brown, 1981 for which he won a Pulitzer and a National Book Award; House, Houghton Mifflin, 1985; Old Friends, Houghton Mifflin, 1993; Home Town, Random House, 1999; Mountains Beyond Mountains, Random House, 2003; My Detachment, Random House, 2005; Strength in What Remains, Random House, 2009.

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