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The Resource Elsewhere, Richard Russo, (overdrive ebook)

Elsewhere, Richard Russo, (overdrive ebook)

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Elsewhere
Title
Elsewhere
Statement of responsibility
Richard Russo
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Language
eng
Summary
This work is the author's memoir of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape. Anyone familiar with the author's fiction will recognize Gloversville, New York, once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a good-time, second-fiddle father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon. A world elsewhere was the dream his mother instilled in Rick, and strived for herself, and their subsequent adventures and tribulations, recounted here, only to prove lifelong, as would Gloversville's fearsome grasp on them both
Title
Elsewhere
Creator
Summary
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls presents an upbeat personal account of his youth, his parents and the 1950s upstate New York town they struggled to escape, recounting the encroaching poverty and illness that challenged everyday life and the dreams his mother instilled that inspired his career
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Review
  • The Gloversville, N.Y., native and Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist (Empire Falls) fashions a gracious memoir about his tenacious mother, a fiercely independent GE employee who nonetheless relied on her only son to manage her long life. Separated from her gambler husband, Russo’s mother, Jean, resolved that she and her son were a “team,” occupying the top floor of Russo’s grandparents’ modest house in a once-thriving factory town where “nine out of ten dress gloves in the United States were manufactured,” the author notes proudly. Yet its heyday had long passed, cheap-made goods had invaded, and the town by the late 1960s was depressed and hollowed out; Russo’s intrepid, if erratic mother encouraged Russo to break out of the “dimwitted ethos of the ugly little mill town” and attend college at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. Except she came, too, on a hilariously delineated road trip in the 1960 Ford Galaxie Russo purchased and nicknamed the Gray Death. Despite the promise of a new job and new life, however, Jean was never content; many years later when Russo and his wife and increasing family moved from Tucson back to the East Coast as his job as an English professor and writer dictated, his mother had to be resettled nearby, too, in a long era of what Russo eventually saw as enabling her obsessive-compulsive disorder. Russo’s memoir is heavy on logistical detail—people moving around, houses packed and unpacked—and by turns rueful and funny, emotionally opaque and narratively rich. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed October 15, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 42, p)
  • One can imagine the pleasures of reading a memoir by the Pulitzer Prize—winning author of Empire Falls , here recounts his upbringing in fading 1950s Gloversville, NY, much like the locales that make his fiction so memorable. But what should make this work truly arresting is his account of his mother, who wanted something better for herself and her son. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed June 1, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 137, issue 10, p80)
  • The celebrated best-selling novelist recalls his late mother's powerful, often frustrating influence on his life and work. Fans of Russo's fiction (That Old Cape Magic, 2009, etc.) likely know that the model for his novels' working-class Northeast settings is Gloversville, N.Y., a factory town that fell on hard times in the 1960s. The author escaped his hometown when he went to college, but not without some company: His mother joined him as they drove to Arizona, and she'd rarely be far from him in the decades that followed. Russo describes how his life decisions were often limited by the need to accommodate his mother's particular needs and, later, debilitating illness: One of the book's most powerful chapters describes the author's mother as her dementia begins to set in, fussing over a clock as if the device itself had the power to control time. (What his extended family and estranged father called "nerves" was likely a severe case of obsessive-compulsive disorder.) Though she routinely made her son's life more difficult, this book isn't borne out of bitterness, yet he doesn't place his mother in soft focus either. What Russo strives to do is place his mother's life in a social, cultural and personal context. He explores how her options were limited as a single mother in the '60s, as a product of a manufacturing culture that collapsed before her eyes, and as a woman who needed to define herself through other men. That Russo found the time and emotional space to write novels is somewhat miraculous given her demands, but he acknowledges he couldn't have written them without her. He inherited her sense of place as well as her compulsive personality, and this book contains much of the grace and flinty humor of his fiction. An affecting yet never saccharine glimpse of the relationship among place, family and fiction.(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2012)
Biography type
autobiography
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10151395
Cataloging source
ZS3
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Target audience
adult
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Richard Russo
Label
Elsewhere
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"This is a Borzoi book."
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Short Desc
<p><b>A<i> Washington Post</i> Notable Work of Nonfiction<br>An NPR Best Book of 2012<br></b><br>Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo turns to memoir in this hilarious and bittersweet account of his lifelong bond with his high-strung, spirited mother&#8212;and the small town she spent her life trying to escape. Anyone familiar with Russo's novels will recognize Gloversville&#8212;once famous for producing nine out of ten dress gloves in the United States. By the time Rick was born, ladies had stopped wearing gloves and Gloversville was on its way out. Jean Russo instilled in her son her dream of a better life elsewhere, a dream that prompted her to follow him across the country when he went to college. Their adventures and tribulations on that road trip were a preview of the hold his mother would continue to have on him as she kept trying desperately to change her life. Recounted with a clear-eyed mix of regret, nostalgia, and love, <i>Elsewhere</i> is a stirring tribute...
Description
<p><b>A<i> Washington Post</i> Notable Work of Nonfiction<br>An NPR Best Book of 2012<br></b><br>Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo turns to memoir in this hilarious and bittersweet account of his lifelong bond with his high-strung, spirited mother&#8212;and the small town she spent her life trying to escape. Anyone familiar with Russo's novels will recognize Gloversville&#8212;once famous for producing nine out of ten dress gloves in the United States. By the time Rick was born, ladies had stopped wearing gloves and Gloversville was on its way out. Jean Russo instilled in her son her dream of a better life elsewhere, a dream that prompted her to follow him across the country when he went to college. Their adventures and tribulations on that road trip were a preview of the hold his mother would continue to have on him as she kept trying desperately to change her life. Recounted with a clear-eyed mix of regret, nostalgia, and love, <i>Elsewhere</i> is a stirring tribute to the tenacious grip of the past.</p>
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Popularity
1041
Rating
3.7
Media Type
eBook
Contents
Independence -- A good talking-to -- A diagnosis -- Unsettled -- Real time -- Here and there -- High and dry
Control code
ocm819330643
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/crossRefId
912777
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (246 p.)
Form of item
online
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9780307959546
Isbn
9780307959546
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
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True
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (Sirsi) o819330643
  • (OCoLC)819330643

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