Press enter after choosing selection
This item is no longer in AADL's Collection.

The Hard way on Purpose : : Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt

Giffels, David. Book - 2014 None on shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 4 out of 5

Cover image for The hard way on purpose : : essays and dispatches from the Rust Belt

Sign in to request

AADL has no copies of this item

"Award-winning author and journalist David Giffels explores the meaning of identity and place, hamburgers, hard work, and basketball in this collection of wry, irreverent essays reflecting on the many aspects of Midwestern culture and life from an insider's perspective.The Industrial Midwest built modern America, thrived for almost a century, then profoundly collapsed. But for cities like Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Akron, a devoted tract of the population remains in the Rust Belt, committed to celebrating its singular Midwest culture and carrying it forward. David Giffels was born in Akron in the 1960s, as the golden age was ending, and has lived there ever since. Now he plumbs the touchstones and idiosyncrasies of a region where industry has fallen, bowling is a legitimate profession, extreme weather is the norm, thrift store culture dominates, and sports is heartbreak in a rarely told story of a unique American generation whose deep regional pride was born of economic failure and hardship. The Hard Way on Purpose is the story from the inside, written by someone who never left, about the life that goes on there and what it means. Intelligent, humorous, and warm, Giffels's collection of linked essays is about coming of age in the Midwest, and the stubborn, optimistic, proud, and resourceful people who thrive there"-- Provided by publisher.


Booklist Review
Publishers Weekly Review
Summary / Annotation
Table of Contents
Fiction Profile
Author Notes


No community reviews. Write one below!

Cover image for The hard way on purpose : : essays and dispatches from the Rust Belt

New York : Scribner, 2014.
Year Published: 2014
Description: 256 pages ; 22 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book


Middle West -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Middle West -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
Middle West -- Social life and customs -- 21st century.