Review: Journal of Rural Social Sciences - July 11, 2011
“Written in an easily accessible style for the lay reader, this volume is filled with their observations of life in a rural community that is just 'hanging on,' and stories from the young adults they met.”
Review: Wired.com - February 1, 2010
“There aren’t a lot of easy answers, but Carr and Kefalas do a great job of digging into some of the causes of the hollowing out. I found the writing easy to read and a good mix of the anecdotal and statistical. I highly recommend Hollowing Out the Middle, particularly for those who live in small-town America, but even for those who don’t. This is not a problem that will be solved without support from the majority of the population that lives in metropolitan areas.”
Review: The Christian Century - January 26, 2010
“Carr and Kefalas raise questions for the church in a narrative sociology that draws us into the lives and values of rural communities and congregations. Never pushy or polemic, the authors suggest what the future may be like if we continue to travel down the road we’ve taken, and they hint at a better direction as well.”
Review: Midwest Book Review - December 16, 2009
An interesting discussion of the fate of small town America and what could truly be the cause, Hollowing Out the Middle is a fascinating and highly recommended read.
Review: Wall Street Journal - November 11, 2009
“Hollowing Out the Middle is a worthy contribution to a conversation we desperately need to have.”
Review: Library Journal, Starred Review - November 10, 2009
“Deftly researched and written, this book is highly recommended for sociologists, educators, policymakers, and anyone concerned about the future of this country.”
Review: Publishers Weekly - September 30, 2009
"With a massive 'youth exodus' from heartland America, small towns face extinction . . . Deft and detailed case studies bring the population to life. . . . [and] the authors alert readers to this major change with clarity and compassion."