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About the Author

Eric D. Lehman teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Bridgeport and is the president of the Bridgeport chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. His essays, reviews, poems and stories have been published in dozens of journals and magazines, and his previous book, Bridgeport: Tales from the Park City, was released in 2009 by The History Press. Travel writing is his passion, whether he is hiking the Inca Trail in Peru or fly-fishing the rivers of Connecticut. He lives in Hamden with his wife and two cats.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159629616X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596296169
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric D. Lehman is a travel and history writer, and director of creative writing at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He writes fiction, travel stories, reviews, history shorts, and essays, which have been published in a wide variety of journals and magazines, from the International Henry Miller Journal to Gastronomica. His books Bridgeport: Tales From the Park City, Hamden: Tales from the Sleeping Giant, A History of Connecticut Wine, Literary Connecticut and A History of Connecticut Food are available from the History Press. His comprehensive travel manual, The Insiders Guide to Connecticut, was published by Globe Pequot Press. A memoir/natural history, Afoot in Connecticut, was published in May 2013 by Homebound Publications, and Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity was published in autumn 2013 by Wesleyan University Press. He has four books forthcoming in 2015, including Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London and The Foundation of Summer.

He is interested in exploring the relationship between people and places, something he focuses on in his travel writing, histories, and fiction.

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When I was in the fourth grade, the day I received my textbooks, I curled up on my bed and read my history book all the way through. I was not necessarily a history buff. I just liked a good story. Lehman has written a book full of good stories. He writes in an animated style that gives the reader a hint of the excitement he must have felt as he unearthed each tidbit about what I had always considered a blah city. He combines human interest stories with the dates, statistics and geography of traditional history books. One can imagine a young Catherine Moore going about her duties as unofficial lighthouse keeper, growing old in the job. Yet, at the same time, the importance of the merchant business in that time and place is not lost on the reader.

The beauty of reading this book is that I can open it up to a random chapter and step into a time long ago that foreshadows the Bridgeport of today. I can see beyond the abandoned factories and mansions turned multi-family dwellings and rooming houses to catch a glimpse of a city both genteel and earthy, bucolic and vibrant.

It's not your father's history book. It is the biography of a city. Lehman pieces together the squares of events to create a quilt of Bridgeport history that warms the heart of anyone familiar with the city.
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What I love about Eric Lehman's book, Bridgeport, is the chance to step back in time and see an old, ugly, hard-bitten city the way it was in its early days and in its glory days, and to meet the people who shaped her and much of the nation with their inventive spirits and actual inventions.

Eric weaves the history of the past with the biographies of the rich and famous who created Bridgeport, taking the reader inside the city as first a colonial town, then a pillar and supporter of the union, then as an industrialization mecca, a thriving seaport, a town that housed a circus, and home to inventors who changed not only their hometown, but the face of a nation.

The city that we know today still retains certain elements of Eric's lovely vision. However, the romance of the beach as seen from Barnum's lovely home, the feeling of sea air - those things have been swept away by decaying neighborhoods that surround the sea. Even the beauty of Seaside Park can't erase the fact that much of Bridgeport is desperate for a makeover.

So thank you Eric Lehman for writing about the city in such a way that people might want to rekindle her, make her over, change her enough to make her a place that can once again play an important part in the history of our state and our country.
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I heard about this book on a fan of Bridgeport Facebook page. I am very happy I purchased it. It was well written and contained lots of obscure facts about the city I grew up in. If you are from Bridgeport - get this book you won't be disappointed. It would also make a nice gift for someone from Bridgeport. A quick read.
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I'm not from CT, but this book had me routing for the people that helped make Bridgeport what it is today.
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