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.
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.
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.