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ISBN: 1568957637
Author: Tracy Kidder
Language: English
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc (September 1, 1999)
Pages: 579
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 400
Size Fb2: 1245 kb
Size ePub: 1746 kb
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As Tracy Kidder reveals how, beneath its amiable surface, a small town is a place of startling complexity, he. .Kidder says yes, although not quite in the form we may imagine.

As Tracy Kidder reveals how, beneath its amiable surface, a small town is a place of startling complexity, he also explores what it takes to make a modern small city a success story. And this book makes you feel you live there.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. In this fascinating book, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder takes us inside the everyday workings of Northampton.

Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, and Home Town. He has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the master of the non-fiction narrative

Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, and Home Town. He has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the master of the non-fiction narrative. This powerful and inspiring new book shows how one person can make a difference, as Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who is in love with the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it. At the center of Mountains Beyond Mountains stands Paul Farmer.

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. Kidder unveils the complex drama behind the seemingl. Among Schoolchildren. Tracy Kidder - the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of a New Machine and the extraordinary national bestseller House - spent nine months in Mrs. Zajac's fifth-grade classroom in the depressed "Flats" of Holyoke, Massachusetts.

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Home Town by Tracy Kidder and Publisher Random House

Home Town by Tracy Kidder and Publisher Random House. Save up to 80% by choosing the eTextbook option for ISBN: 9780307826473, 0307826473. The print version of this textbook is ISBN: 9780679455882, 0679455884. In this splendid book, one of America's masters of nonfiction takes us home-into Hometown, . the town of Northampton, Massachusetts, and into the extraordinary, and the ordinary, lives that people live there. As Tracy Kidder reveals how, beneath its amiable surface, a small town is a place of startling complexity, he also explores what it takes to make a modern small city a success story.

John Tracy Kidder (born November 12, 1945) is an American writer of nonfiction books. He received the Pulitzer Prize for his The Soul of a New Machine (1981), about the creation of a new computer at Data General Corporation

John Tracy Kidder (born November 12, 1945) is an American writer of nonfiction books. He received the Pulitzer Prize for his The Soul of a New Machine (1981), about the creation of a new computer at Data General Corporation. He has received praise and awards for other works, including his biography of Paul Farmer, a doctor and anthropologist, titled Mountains Beyond Mountains (2003).

Explores what life is really like in contemporary small-town America, focusing on the people of Northampton, Massachusetts

Comments:

Shaktiktilar
I read some of the weaker reviews here before writing this, and I just don't see how people who have enjoyed his other books didn't also love this one.

As usual with Kidder, his non-fiction prose read like a novel. And this story is a difficult one in that he had to blend more people and more place settings than he had to do in the other works of his I've read. Nevertheless, most of the internal stories pulled me in to the point I care about the people and what was happening to them.

I suspect Kidder had planned on this work to go in some different directions than never panned out over the course of the year he spent with the principals. For example, he includes a fair amount of foreshadowing about the upcoming Mayoral election, then then "pfft", the election happens as a non-story. I suspect he thought there would be a story line that never panned out--and perhaps there were some election characters he ended up not including.

The story of the police officer's best friend was, to me, the most gripping of the book. I can't imagine Kidder knew going in that this would become an important part of the narrative (I am staying vague here to avoid spoilers for those who have not yet read Home Town.)

My five stars are based on my own reading (albeit three years ago already), and the fact that I find myself buying this book as a gift to every friend who moves to a small New England town.
Phallozs Dwarfs
This book follows the style of many of Tracy Kidder's works, and uses a specific person to help form the supporting structure of the book, which allows the reader to become involved in the text as they would in a novel. Home Town follows the career of a police officer in the small Massachusetts town of Northampton. O'Connor grew up in the town, and now serves the community by helping reduce drug trafficking and other crimes. Each of the people that intersect Tommy O'Connor's life is explored in some detail during the book: Alan, who becomes trapped by his obsessive need to stay clean; Laura, an Ada Comstock Scholar at Smith College who managed to make it even though many would prefer she be kept down; Rick, an old childhood friend & police officer who goes through divorce and jail time for child molestation, and the various drug informants. Mr. Kidder's writing allows you to join each of the characters as they follow a path through life in Northampton. It is highly recommended, as are other works by this author.
MisTereO
I suspect that this is the story of not only a N. England town, but about many small towns in America. I found the reading to be very slow moving and seemingly without direction in some areas. The details are charming if you know something about the geography(and I do). Northampton and the characters within it are well developed and take on a certain reality of there own, kind of like those neighbors we once knew. All small town parameters are amply covered in terms of history, politics, and an occasional buffoon. Smith College, hospitals, other institutions, streets, and surrounding hills paint an unforgettable picture of this Pioneer valley. A wonderfully quiet read full of entertaining information and imagination.
Thetalas
Amazingly good read and so relevant today, almost 20 years later. I truly felt connected to the townspeople and their stories. Even looked to see what Tom O'Connor is doing today and not surprised to find that he is still involved in law enforcement.
HappyLove
Great book - thoroughly enjoyed reading this, felt like I was in the story , visualizing all the scenes and persons! Highly recommend reading this book!
Delagamand
Personal reading choice. Highly recommended
Jwalextell
Kidder does here what he does best: put the reader in the mind and world of the people you pass on the street every day. Nuanced characters exist in real-life situations and work through the same tough decisions that we all face each day. There's real artistry in this simplicity.

I don't imagine that the book is a perfectly accurate depiction of the town or the people in it. Nonetheless, it is an engaging one that perhaps can teach us about the people we pass every day on the sidewalk and in the grocery aisle.

Certainly, this isn't Kidder's top work. It does have its place, though, among Kidder's efforts to help us understand the communities we live in.
Fascinating city--and a fascinating book about Northampton, MA. After all, how many U.S. cities were chartered by Oliver Cromwell?

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