The Hard Way on Purpose

Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt

By David Giffels
(Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781451692747, 256pp.)

Publication Date: March 18, 2014

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In "The Hard Way on Purpose," David Giffels takes us on an insider's journey through the wreckage and resurgence of America's Rust Belt. A native who never knew the good times, yet never abandoned his hometown of Akron, Giffels plumbs the touchstones and idiosyncrasies of a region where industry has fallen, bowling is a legitimate profession, bizarre weather is the norm, rock 'n' roll is desperate, thrift store culture thrives, and sports is heartbreak. Intelligent, humorous, and warm, Giffels's linked essays are about coming of age in the Midwest and about the stubborn, optimistic, and resourceful people who prevail there.



About the Author
David Giffels is an assistant professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction. Formerly an award-winning columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal and a contributing commentator on NPR, his writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and many other publications. He lives in Akron, Ohio, with his wife and two children.


NPR
Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014

David Giffels spent his whole life watching people � friends, colleagues, LeBron James � leave his hometown. In a new book, he reflects on the effects of those departures. More at NPR.org

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