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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (July 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813529506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813529509
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,050,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sullivan characterizes his book as a brand of ænew journalismæ blending newspaper and novel writing, which he affirms is the dream projector any weekly newspaper reporter. Sullivanæs profiles are categorically grouped, and the first third of the book contains numerous profiles of elderly people, nostalgically recollecting their departed way of life, like the story of an aging honeybee keeper slowly forced to surrender his pastime.
(Hudson Reporter )

Everyday People features 70 profiles of individuals Sullivan has encountered during his years as a beat reporter for the Hudson Reporter Associates and the Worrall Community Newspapers in Bloomfield. . . . æA lot of the stories in the book are with older people who represent a way of life that is no longer around,æ [Sullivan says].
(Jersey City Reporter )

Like the personalities portrayed in his book, SullivanÆs life is the stuff that provocative profiles are made of.
(Weehawken Reporter )

Praise for Everyday PeopleSkunk hunters, tax assessors, riverkeepers and social workers: Al Sullivan tells the stories of his æordinaryæ people extraordinarily well.
(Peter Genovese author of Jersey Diners and The Great American Road Trip: U.S. 1, Maine to Flori )

Sullivan has lived every journalistÆs dream: find real people and tell their stories. As a reporter and writer, he explores the human side, which is, after all, the only side that matters.
(Mark Di Ionno author of New Jersey�s Coastal Heritage and A Guide to New Jersey's Revolutionar )

From the Back Cover

You don't have to live in New Jersey to recognize the people in Sullivan's stories. They are the librarians and tax assessors, attorneys and hot-dog vendors, poets and politicians that make every American town special.

In this time of ever-shorter news stories telling us everything that's wrong with the world, it's a nice change of pace to read about someone like Felix Addeo, who takes time out of his busy schedule to teach middle school kids what it's like to be an accountant. Or biomedical engineer Lois Ross, who twice a year leads a group of volunteers to clean up a local pond. Through richly detailed stories-a kind of writing that has all but disappeared from our local newspapers-about small-town people in extraordinary situations, Sullivan depicts the characters that enliven life in the Garden State.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "gongie82" on July 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
This review is long overdue. I picked up Al's book almost a year ago at a local book sale. I'm not a big reader, but having met Al in person led me to buy the book. I began skimming the book later on that night. Eventually, I stopped skimming and began reading. The profiles in this book are interesting. Yes, these are 'everyday people', but Al's insightful writing sheds electricity onto their lives. It was really like a breath of fresh air to read about the lives ordinary people lead. It's not everyday, in this fast-paced world of ours, when you take the time out to sit down and learn about the strangers who come and go. I highly recommend this pleasurable read.
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By Jean Jazz on October 8, 2011
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I enjoy reading about real people, but am having a hard time with this book because of the samll type. For this reason, I have not read very many stories. I have impaired vision and need to use a magnifyer to read this particular book, which takes away some of the enjoyment. I do enjoy this author's writings very much, and encourage him to choose larger type in the future, as I want to read more of his books.
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I am the author of this book
When I put together the pieces for this book, I wanted to share with readers the sight and sounds of those people I interviewed. Each person, each story is special to me because they seem to capture the person as I felt. Each person I talked to seemed to want to share their secret lives with me. It was fun.
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If you ever met Al Sullivan, the last thing you'd do is picture him as a dashing young soldier long ago at the height of the Vietnam war - much less baby sitting a bunch of freaky rockers outside his helicopter at a place called Woodstock. Yet, that's one of the duties he 'volunteered' for.
In his essay "By The Time I Got To Woodstock" Sullivan briefly notes his 1st visit to the upstate refuge - and his overwhelming fear of helicopters. It is one of the rare times in Everyday People that he uses "I". It's to be forgiven him because he immediately uses his modern day visit to Woodstock as a newspeg to compare that town with Secaucus - his current tour of duty.
Sullivan worked for me for a few months in 96-97, and though the months were few, the impact has been long-lasting. He covered the mundane meetings, sure, but there was always something else lurking behind the touseld hair and the distant stare. He had the ragtag Tandy laptop blinking on one desk, the company terminal blinking there, a notepad in front of him - all while he was on the phone talking to another source. Sullivan was always on the go, always three steps ahead of the sunshine, so to speak. It is a pleasure to read him again.
It was there, in those other stories that Al set himself apart. If he workd for me now, he'd be a 'special writer' - that's someone who does his beat, and also turns in outstanding stories from left field, Clark's Pond, the emergency room and just about anywhere else fate takes him.
"Down and Out in Hoboken" relays the chance meeting with a panhandler at St. Mary's Hospital. The panhandler - whose name Sullivan never learns - says "People give me money to make me go away...
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