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Welcome to Utopia: Notes from a Small Town (Paperback)

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This nonfiction will feel familiar to anybody who’s spent time in a small town or a close-knit community, and it’s full of charm and humor. Its focus on young people, though, gives an urgency to the long, slow days in Utopia, Texas, as its graduating class looks for their paths within, or maybe out of, their little hometown. — From WELCOME TO UTOPIA: NOTES FROM A SMALL TOWN (Karen Valby)


In Welcome to Utopia, quintessential American stories--the mom anxiously sending her sons to Iraq and Afghanistan, teens longing to escape the familiar, old-timers trying to hold onto their roots while the world around them changes--come to life on every page. Karen Valby's extraordinary capacity to observe and empathize helps us understand that whether we live in a small town like Utopia, Texas, or a large city, we confront the same fears and dream the same dreams. Welcome to Utopia celebrates the bonds that connect us, while proving that the only things that are small about small towns are our preconceptions of them.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780292738751
ISBN-10: 0292738757
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2012
Pages: 256
Language: English