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The Good City

Writers Explore 21st-century Boston

Coeditors: Emily Hiestand, Ande Zellman

Full of established writers and fresh voices, a rich collection of essays celebrates Boston's past, present, and future

The Good City presents a vivid new profile of Boston through the work of fifteen of the city's finest writers.

  • Robert Campbell and Jane Holtz Kay on Boston's embrace of lively urban density
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  • James Miller on the city's intellectual history
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  • Jack Beatty on Boston's colorful political past and present
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  • Patricia Powell on the literary landscape and the immigrant experience
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  • Susan Orlean on the city she left and now loves
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  • John Hanson Mitchell on how nature revives the metropolis
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  • Anita Diamant on Boston as a spiritual home
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  • Scott Kirsner on Boston as a powerhouse of scientific and technological innovation
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  • Alan Chong on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the arts in Boston
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  • Lynda Morgenroth on the city's neighborhoods
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  • Michael Patrick MacDonald on gentrification and what it means to old neighborhoods like Southie
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  • Derrick Jackson on Boston as a laboratory for advancing race relations
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  • Howard Bryant on the city's obsession with sports
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  • Irene Smalls on seeing the city through the eyes of a child.
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"Boston has persevered through the bad old days to thrive, and more, to make a kind of statement about the good city. The good city is innovative and fun, it is prosperous, it strives for justice and sustainability, but above all, it is alive."
-From the Introduction by Paul Grogan


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The Good City

ISBN: 978-080707143-4
Publication Date: 7/30/2004
Pages: 184
Size: x Inches (US)
Price:  $18.00
Format: Paperback
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