Midnights, a Year with the Wellfleet Police

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Ruminator Books, 1982 - Biography & Autobiography - 200 pages
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When I was twenty-three years old, five months out of college, with a degree in music, and without any idea of what to do with myself, I took a job as a policeman in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and resolved to stay with it for a year because I thought it would do me good. I was lonely much of the time, as well as scared, surprised, excited, embarrassed, self-righteous, and many other things, too. I spent hours at a stretch hoping nothing serious would happen when I was working alone; I never quite shook the feeling that I was a fraud; and on several occasions, when it all seemed to be too much, I meant to quit, but I never did. -Alec Wilkinson

About the Author

Alec Wilkinson has been a staff writer at the "New Yorker" for many years, and also contributes to such magazines as "DoubleTake, Esquire," and "Rolling Stone," He is the author of five books, including "Moonshine: A Life in Pursuit of White Liquor,"

"His reporter's eye for detail is omnivorous...ear for voices is fine and precise and his perceptions of and compassion for his fellow officers are profound. Never patronizing, never amused at their expense; he portrays them as they are: underpaid, underappreciated rural Americans struggling to make it from day to day."-"New York Times Book Review"

""Midnights" portrays the voices and routines of believable men... he conveys his experiences with wisdom and sophistication."-"Chicago Tribune"

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

This is a biographical story of the year the author spent working as a police officer on Cape Cod. He had no training or related experience, and he details his adventures in a humourous way. He also ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeff Randall - Goodreads

A great quick read about an area I know quite well. Recommend for the beach or vacation, rather light read. Read full review


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About the author (1982)

Alec Wilkinson is the author of A Violent Act, Moonshine Midnights, and Big Sugar. A recipient of a Lyndhurst Prize, a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship, he is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Esquire, and other magazines. He lives in New York City.

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