Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Probing beneath Northampton's friendly exterior, Pulitzer-winning author Tracy Kidder uncovers the town's many layers, from the lowest to the highest rungs of society, and renders a portrait of Northampton by introducing those who know it best. Kidder relies most heavily on native Tommy O'Connor, a 33-year-old police sergeant who has never left his beloved hometown. Tommy's optimism and gentle humor make him an appealing guide, as he shows both the darkest and most charming streets of his town and wrestles with a future that may forever alter his relationship to Northampton. Kidder also introduces readers to Laura Baumeister, a young working mother and Ada Comstock scholar at Smith College who is struggling to care for her son and keep up with the rigorous school curriculum; Alan Scheinman, a real estate lawyer who made a fortune in the 1980s, now plagued by a crippling case of obsessive-compulsive disorder; and Samson Rodriguez, a former loom operator who may have been one of the first people to bring crack cocaine to Northampton. --Kera Bolonik --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fascinating city--and a fascinating book about Northampton, MA. After all, how many U.S. cities were chartered by Oliver Cromwell?Published 8 months ago by R. Bienz
My mother gave me this book for Christmas one year because she raised me in the town in the book, Northampton, Mass. Read morePublished 11 months ago by EricJT
I was expecting more perspectives - this is mostly from the perspective of a police officer and local, though not all about policing. Read morePublished 18 months ago by DRex357
as I grew up here in Northampton this book was another look at things that I wasn't aware of (as only kids can be) and the book added the depth that was needed to understand... Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I live relatively near Northampton and went to school there many years ago, but this book captures the human side and cultural flavor of the place in a wonderful way. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Edith L. hunsberger
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. Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by Daniel Mittleman
If I wanted a travelogue describing the life and history of Northampton, MA, this would fit the bill. But this is the only sense in which this book makes sense. Read morePublished on January 12, 2011 by jjrw
Few writers can take a slice of daily life in an "ordinary" town and make it as engrossing and interesting as Kidder. Northhampton, Mass. Read morePublished on April 3, 2010 by J. Carroll