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Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America

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Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America


James and Deborah Fallows, authors of the bestseller Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America, join Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor in Chief of The Atlantic, in conversation.

For five years, James and Deborah Fallows travelled across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, the America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems—from economic dislocation to the opioid scourge—but it is also crafting solutions, with a practical-minded determination at dramatic odds with the bitter paralysis of national politics. At times of dysfunction on a national level, reform possibilities have often arisen from the local level. The Fallowses describe America in the middle of one of these creative waves. Their view of the country is as complex and contradictory as America itself, but it also reflects the energy, the generosity and compassion, the dreams, and the determination of many who are in the midst of making things better. Our Towns is the story of their journey—and an account of a country busy remaking itself.

James Fallows has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic for more than thirty-five years, reporting from China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe, and across the United States. He is the author of eleven previous books.

Deborah Fallows is a linguist and writer who holds a PhD in theoretical linguistics and is the author of two previous books. She has written for The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, and The New York Times.

Jeffrey Goldberg is Editor in Chief of The Atlantic, named to the position in October 2016 after nine years as a national correspondent for the magazine. A former Middle East correspondent and Washington correspondent for The New Yorker, he spent several years as a writer for The New York Times Magazine and began his career as a police reporter for The Washington Post.

East City Bookshop will be selling books. A book signing will follow the discussion.

Scholarship tickets are available. Please call Hill Center weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to request a scholarship ticket.



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