What I Found in a Thousand Towns by Dar Williams
A Traveling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities—One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time

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During a time of political, economic, and social upheaval across the United States, Williams’ grounded optimism is a refreshing corrective.
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A beloved folk singer presents an impassioned account of the fall and rise of the small American towns she cherishes

Dubbed by the New Yorker as "one of America's very best singer-songwriters," Dar Williams has made her career not in stadiums, but touring America's small towns. She has played their venues, composed in their coffee shops, and drunk in their bars. She has seen these communities struggle, but also seen them thrive in the face of postindustrial identity crises.

Here, Williams muses on why some towns flourish while others fail, examining elements from the significance of history and nature to the uniting power of public spaces and food. Drawing on her own travels and the work of urban theorists, Williams offers real solutions to rebuild declining communities.

What I Found in a Thousand Towns is more than a love letter to America's small towns, it's a deeply personal and hopeful message about the potential of America's lively and resilient communities.


 

About Dar Williams

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Dar Williams is one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of her generation. Her albums include My Better Self, The Beauty of the Rain, Out There Live, The Green World, End of the Summer, Mortal City, and The Honesty Room. She lives in New York City. Amalee is her first novel.
 
Published September 5, 2017 by Basic Books. 276 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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During a time of political, economic, and social upheaval across the United States, Williams’ grounded optimism is a refreshing corrective.

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