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Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America (edició 2018)

de James Fallows (Autor)

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"A unique, revelatory portrait of small-town America: the activities, changes, and events that shape this mostly unseen part of our national landscape, and the issues and concerns that matter to the ordinary Americans who make these towns their home. For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-prop airplane, visiting small cities and meeting civic leaders, factory workers, recent immigrants, and young entrepreneurs, seeking to take the pulse and discern the outlook of an America that is unreported and unobserved by the national media. Attending town meetings, breakfasts at local coffee shops, and events at local libraries, they have listened to the challenges and problems that define American lives today. Our Towns is the story of their journey--an account of their visits to twenty-one cities and towns: the individuals they met, the stories they heard, and their portrait of the many different faces of the American future"--… (més)
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Títol:Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America
Autors:James Fallows (Autor)
Informació:Pantheon (2018), Edition: First Edition, 432 pages
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Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America de James Fallows

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Just sad that this book hasn't lived up to my expectations. But it does have some redeeming factors.

First the bad: I agree with other reviewers that it is pretentious and elitist writing from an east-coast standpoint. The authors shouldn't be so surprised to discover things like libraries in these places, or so quick to apply their own definitions to terms that obviously mean different things to different people. For a journalist and a linguist, they really don't write very well....or maybe they just needed a good editor. It was annoying for them to discuss a problem for several paragraphs, then never tell us what the local solution was. I also wonder if maybe organizing the book by "solutions" and making it shorter rather than by "city/trip" would have made it more readable. Finally, these are not "towns." With an average population of over 146,000, the places the Fallows visit are clearly cities. And they really don't focus on much more than economic problems and city revitalization.

The good: city or town planners will probably find some good ideas here that they might be able to apply to their situations. If you are concerned about revitalizing your community or trying to solve some local economic problems, you might find some good suggestions here, but pick one chapter and their final suggestions and skip the rest of the book. ( )
  Jeff.Rosendahl | Sep 21, 2021 |
nonfiction by husband-wife journalist team traveling to small towns across the US in a little private plane.
read to page 48. I think I was hoping this would be more like [a:Studs Terkel|33716|Studs Terkel|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1445205508p2/33716.jpg]'s extensive collections of oral histories, but it was more like two people writing about their hobby, finding places to visit and talking about economic growth with whomever they thought were significant local figures (mayors, major business owners and contributors) as well as the staff they met at the restaurants and inns and odd passersby. Snippets of conversations are paraphrased and reduced into overarching themes for each location. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Having recently moved from a small town (Brunswick, ME, pop. about 20,000) to a really small town (Luck, WI, pop. about 1100), I was interested in this book both for its hopeful attitude and what it might say about small towns. Many of the "small" towns were actually more like small cities (the largest, Columbus, OH, and I think there was only one town under 1000), and their problems and opportunities were different from the places I've been living recently.

There are many thoughtful reviews here, some from residents of the very towns examined in the book. (More than one mentions the ubiquity of visits to craft breweries, which do get a little tedious!) Still, I enjoyed dipping into the book and being reminded that there are a lot of people who like the place they live in and want to see it get better. The Fallowses may have had on rose-colored beer goggles on their odyssey, but I think there is still truth in their vision of America and Americans.
Recommended. ( )
  auntieknickers | Aug 21, 2020 |
If you've read online thinkpieces about rural America in the past few years, you may have come across the authors. The Fallowses are prolific writers and interview subjects, and had a career worth of work reporting on small towns even before this book. Our Towns is their apparent opus, an account of several years flying their private plane to multiple small towns and digging in to the assets and personalities of those places, which can be (but aren't always) different from the large cities that tend to dominate the American experience. I do have a minor gripe, which is an occasional tendency to be too sympathetic to bad choices, when I would expect experienced journalists to tell the situation like it is. Still, if you want to know what small towns and cities are doing other than growing our food, this is a good place to start. ( )
  jonerthon | Jun 5, 2020 |
This book is a result of a four year attempt by James and Deborah Fallows to see the status of smaller America cities and in some cases rural areas. I think this was an impressive by highly personal survey. Some cities do much better than others. At the end of the book, the authors list the ten (and a half) attributes of civic success.
1. People work together on practical local possibilities, rather than allowing bitter disagreements about national politics, to keep them apart.
2. You can pick out the local patriots. (Who makes this town go?)
3. The phrase "public-private partnership" refers to something real.
4. People know the civic story.
5. They have downtowns.
6. They are near a research university.
7. They have, and care about, a community college.
8. They have distinctive, innovative schools.
9. They make themselves open.
10. They have big plans.
>>And the Half: They have a craft brewery. ( )
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The pair drop down into 29 towns across the USA’s length and breadth, soft-landing at the local airport and fanning out to sample the local institutions, industries and attitudes. This proves way more enticing in theory as a vagabond literary conceit than it is in reality as a 400-plus-page revisiting of the towns the couple called on. For all the words and effort they expend to illuminate each town’s innermost essences, the result is too often an extended civics lesson.
afegit per Shortride | editaUSA Today, Barry Singer (May 8, 2018)
 

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"A unique, revelatory portrait of small-town America: the activities, changes, and events that shape this mostly unseen part of our national landscape, and the issues and concerns that matter to the ordinary Americans who make these towns their home. For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-prop airplane, visiting small cities and meeting civic leaders, factory workers, recent immigrants, and young entrepreneurs, seeking to take the pulse and discern the outlook of an America that is unreported and unobserved by the national media. Attending town meetings, breakfasts at local coffee shops, and events at local libraries, they have listened to the challenges and problems that define American lives today. Our Towns is the story of their journey--an account of their visits to twenty-one cities and towns: the individuals they met, the stories they heard, and their portrait of the many different faces of the American future"--

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