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Everyday People: Profiles from the Garden State

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"In this time of ever-shorter news stories telling us everything that's wrong with the world, it's a nice change of pace to read about someone like Felix Addeo, who takes time out of his busy schedule to teach middle school kids what it's like to be an accountant. Or biomedical engineer Lois Ross, who twice a year leads a group of volunteers to clean up a local pond. Through richly detailed stories - a kind of writing that has all but disappeared from our local newspapers - about small-town people in extraordinary situations, Sullivan depicts the ...
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Overview

"In this time of ever-shorter news stories telling us everything that's wrong with the world, it's a nice change of pace to read about someone like Felix Addeo, who takes time out of his busy schedule to teach middle school kids what it's like to be an accountant. Or biomedical engineer Lois Ross, who twice a year leads a group of volunteers to clean up a local pond. Through richly detailed stories - a kind of writing that has all but disappeared from our local newspapers - about small-town people in extraordinary situations, Sullivan depicts the characters that enliven life in the Garden State."--BOOK JACKET.
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Hudson Reporter

Sullivan characterizes his book as a brand of ænew journalismæ blending newspaper and novel writing, which he affirms is the dream projector any weekly newspaper reporter. Sullivanæs profiles are categorically grouped, and the first third of the book contains numerous profiles of elderly people, nostalgically recollecting their departed way of life, like the story of an aging honeybee keeper slowly forced to surrender his pastime.

Jersey City Reporter

Everyday People features 70 profiles of individuals Sullivan has encountered during his years as a beat reporter for the Hudson Reporter Associates and the Worrall Community Newspapers in Bloomfield. . . . æA lot of the stories in the book are with older people who represent a way of life that is no longer around,æ [Sullivan says].

Weehawken Reporter

Like the personalities portrayed in his book, SullivanÆs life is the stuff that provocative profiles are made of.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813529509
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Helping Our Own 3
Walking in the Name of Jesus 7
They Call Him Mr. Sam 10
A Man of Spirit 12
One Hundred and Four Years Young 16
Not Just a Caregiver 19
Ten Velde's World 24
An Amazing Moment in Time 26
A Letter from the Past 29
A Big Part of Secaucus 31
What a Lucky Man 34
A Model World 36
Toy Soldiers March On 40
High-Seas Romance 43
A Taste of Ireland 47
A Brief Stopover 49
Call It Kismet 51
Sweeping Hudson's Chimneys 53
Haunted No More 56
A Sense of Style 60
Listen to the Music 65
On Call 71
Protecting the Protectors 74
Saying Good-Bye 76
Three Faces of a Cop 78
A Sense of Integrity 80
Facing the Outside 84
Down and Out in Hoboken 88
Hero in the Emergency Room 91
Mistress of Modern Gothic 93
Images of Lisa 96
The Seduction of Howard Stern 101
A Summit of Hope 105
Buzzing about Bees 108
In Search of Skunk 110
A Little Tender, Loving Care 114
See Ya Later, Alligator 117
Beeping 121
One for the Record Books 123
A Natural Haven in the Heart of Bloomfield 125
The Hackensack Gets a Keeper 128
An Organized Man 132
From Out of Obscurity 137
A Matter Bigger Than Books 142
Not a Taxing Job 147
The Human Side of Legislation 151
Blast from the Past 157
Stretching Out the Walls of Education 158
Rocket Man 162
More Than Numbers 164
A Twist of Fate 167
Moving On 170
A Global Perspective 176
The End of a Double Life 180
Metaphors of Life 183
Building Community 187
A Walk through Hell 191
A Breakfast to Remember 194
Shooting for the Moon 197
Granting a Wish 200
A Drive through Secaucus's Past 203
Not Just Luck 207
Behind the Veil 209
A Dual Identity 212
All the World Loves Ollie 214
A Familiar Setting 218
Chapter and Verse 221
Poetry in the Woods 225
Final Chapter 229
By the Time I Got to Woodstock ... 233
Index 239
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    Trying to capture real people's feelings

    When I wrote these pieces, I wanted readers to meet the people as I saw and heard them. They were part of my everyday work life yet also very important to me. Each of them seemed to have a secret part of themselves they were willing to share. That's what I tried to capture in these stories.

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