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Our Boston: Writers Celebrate the City They Love Paperback – October 15, 2013
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While the terrorist bombings that took place during the Boston Marathon on April 15th, 2013, had nowhere near the impact on the national psyche that 9/11 did, the attacks were nonetheless devastating. As a charitable tribute to the victims, with proceeds going to the many wounded survivors and the families of those slain, literary agent and editor Blauner has assembled a collection of nonfiction pieces by an impressive array of writers, including Susan Orlean, Pico Iyer, and George Plimpton, paying homage to the Massachusetts capital affectionately known as Beantown. Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen reports on the courageous response from police, firemen, and bystanders on that fateful day. Several writers, such as Mike Barnicle, celebrate the city’s multicultural neighborhoods, like Brookline and Dorchester. Some recount their attraction to Boston as outsiders; one mulls over the “missing R” of the Bostonian accent; others fondly remember their Beantown upbringings or winning sports teams. A must-read for everyone who already cares about Boston and anyone looking beyond the tourist guides for a more intimate view of this iconic American city. --Carl Hays
"Our Boston gives us skilled, knowing, warm, observant writers who embrace the city personally, pointedly, suggestively, and in so doing, tell us so very much about our country, ourselves. Their Boston is a telling reminder of a nation's story." — Robert Coles, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Children of Crisis and The Call of Service
"Read this book if you have ever lived in Boston and want to remember the unique pull of the place; if you've never lived in Boston and want to understand its unusual charm; if you currently live in Boston and want to see reflected in these pages a metropolis that thrums with innovation and warmth at the same time." — Lauren Slater, author of Opening Skinner’s Box
"This book is for anyone who remembers the Combat Zone and Filene's Basement and the old, un-air-conditioned Garden, who knows where they were in the summer of '67 and the winter of '78 and the fall of '04, who waited in line for Steve's Smoosh-ins in Somerville and still goes to the original Dunkin' Donuts in Quincy. It's also for anyone who loves great writing and learning about the lives of great writers. It's an absolute gem of a book — as perfect as a Legal lobster dinner or a Toscanini's sundae." — Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus and the New York Times bestseller Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top
"A distinguished, eloquent, and deeply felt testimony evoking not only the shadow on our hearts, but also the resolve and vitality of this great American city." — Alec Wilkinson, author of The Ice Balloon
"Our Boston is a stellar anthology, a love letter to a resilient city penned by an all-star team of writers, from Lehane to Updike to Orlean, among others. This book is as full of history and surprises as the city itself." — Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers
"A collection of nonfiction pieces by an impressive array of writers...A mustread for everyone who already cares about Boston and anyone looking beyond the tourist guides for a more intimate view of this iconic American city."--Booklist"The quality of the writing is uniformly high...worthy and moving."--Kirkus Reviews
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The essays are so well written that the book is a wonderful piece of literature. Please read it.