Elsewhere

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Vintage Books, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 246 pages
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A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction
An NPR Best Book of 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo turns to memoir in this hilarious and bittersweet account of his lifelong bond with his high-strung, spirited mother--and the small town she spent her life trying to escape. Anyone familiar with Russo's novels will recognize Gloversville--once famous for producing nine out of ten dress gloves in the United States. By the time Rick was born, ladies had stopped wearing gloves and Gloversville was on its way out. Jean Russo instilled in her son her dream of a better life elsewhere, a dream that prompted her to follow him across the country when he went to college. Their adventures and tribulations on that road trip were a preview of the hold his mother would continue to have on him as she kept trying desperately to change her life. Recounted with a clear-eyed mix of regret, nostalgia, and love, Elsewhere is a stirring tribute to the tenacious grip of the past.

 

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

I am a fan of Richard Russo and read his first five novels. He's written four others since then, so I know I've slipped some. ELSEWHERE, a 'kind-of-a-memoir,' is a totally different animal from his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Booktrovert - LibraryThing

this was such an interesting read. russo did a good job sharing his life, and his mother's life, with readers in a way that was insightful and sensitive…but not full of blame and anger. (and there ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
14
Section 3
39
Section 4
71
Section 5
109
Section 6
167
Section 7
189
Section 8
206
Section 9
245
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About the author (2013)

Richard Russo is the author of eight novels; two collections of stories; and Elsewhere, a memoir. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody s Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries.

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