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Our Towns (Digital Audiobook)

A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America

By James Fallows, Deborah Fallows, James Fallows (Narrator), Deborah Fallows (Narrator)

Publication Date: May 7, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (2/5/2019)
Hardcover (5/8/2018)
Library Binding, Large Print (10/17/2018)



A vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media. A realistically positive and provocative view of the country between its coasts.

For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, they have met hundreds of civic leaders, workers, immigrants, educators, environmentalists, artists, public servants, librarians, business people, city planners, students, and entrepreneurs to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaign.

The America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems—from economic dislocation to the opioid scourge—but itis also crafting solutions, with a practical-minded determination at dramatic odds with the bitter paralysis of national politics. At times of dysfunction on a national level, reform possibilities have often arisen from the local level. The Fallowses describe America in the middle of one of these creative waves. Their view of the country is as complex and contradictory as America itself, but it also reflects the energy, the generosity and compassion, the dreams, and the determination of many who are in the midst of making things better. Our Towns is the story of their journey—and an account of a country busy remaking itself.

About the Author

JAMES FALLOWS has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly for more than thirty years. The author of ten previous books, his work has also appeared in Slate, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, and The New Yorker, among other publications. Honors he has received include a National Book Award and a National Magazine Award. He is a former editor of U.S. News & World Report and for two years was President Jimmy Carter's chief speechwriter.

DEBORAH FALLOWS is the author of Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Language, and Love.