White Town Drowsing

White Town Drowsing

by Ron Powers

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Library Journal - Library Journal
The title is from Mark Twain's recollection of Hannibal, Missouri, which he left at 17, Powers's age when he left there in 1959. Powers's quite different memories of Hannibal haunted him until, in 1985, he began returning from his New York world of television news to see if the town still generated the same values and assumptions it had in his childhood. It was the Twain sesquicentennial year, and Powers chronicles both the failed attempts by ``outside'' promoters to develop a seven-month celebration and the more modest success mounted by the townspeople themselves. This is a beautifully written account of examining one's roots; of an aging, shrinking river town; of memories versus ongoing experience; of peopleand especially of the author and the town's coming to grips with the past and moving on. Highly recommended. Roland Person, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale

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