Townie

Townie

A Memoir

Book - 2011
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The author of"House of Sand and Fog" describes his childhood in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime and his weekly visits with his father, an eminent author who taught on a college campus.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393064667
0393064662
Branch Call Number: B DUBUS
Characteristics: 387 p

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makeroom
Jul 22, 2017

An excellent, masculine memoir. It is endlessly readable, engaging, and most of all readable.

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pugterranian
Sep 02, 2014

Be forewarned: this is a brutal and bleak memoir, full of violence, loneliness and heartbreak. Yet it is also a thing of beauty, a straightforward and unadorned memoir in which the young Dubus, violently bullied as a child, transforms himself into a fighter, protector and, ultimately, a bully himself. Dubus is searlingly honest in the telling of his story, and in the process creates a very moving portrait of male vulnerability. If you enjoyed his great House of Sand and Fog, you will appreciate going deeper into Dubus’ world.

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wongsokguan
Jun 15, 2014

Good reading.

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JasonATait
Mar 03, 2014

It's a book you'll think about for weeks after reading it. I highly recommend it for newish fathers like me. Overall theme from my view: dads, make good choices.

debwalker Apr 02, 2011

REVIEWED BY ERIC LIEBETRAU

"In his powerful debut memoir, novelist Dubus charts the violent arc of his early manhood. Following his parents' divorce, he grappled with the challenges and temptations on the streets of a series of blue-collar Massachusetts towns. Well into his 20s, he found the visceral allure of street fighting and general violence irresistible, but he eventually channeled his energies into boxing and, finally, a successful writing career. Dubus' novelistic storytelling combines with insightful introspection and striking, blunt prose, and the author's father, also a writer, stands out as a complex influence on his son's life, alternately distant, compassionate and vexing."
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thanschman Mar 23, 2011

One of the absolute most incredible, gifted, and "real" writers I have ever read. Amazing. This guy is a true inspiration to all aspiring writers out there. I can't wait to read his earlier work since I started with his most recent work and will now work backwards.

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