In Hoboken (Paperback)

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"A gritty, lyrical ode to Jersey."
—Neal Pollack, author of Never Mind the Pollacks

"Bauman writes with precision, in prose that reverberates...strong, compelling work." -Robert stone

“... a tour de force.” —The Newark Star–Ledger

As the son of a folk singer whose suicide gained him cult status, Thatcher has a leg up on New York's music scene. Instead, he decides to keep his parentage secret and take his guitar across the river to working class Hoboken, New Jersey to form a band. There, amidst the tenements and dive bars and all–night diners, Thatcher and his friends struggle to make meaningful music in a culture turning away from it. A wicked sense of humor turns out to be key for the motley crew: manager Marsh, the beloved, polio–stricken local rock and roll kingpin; lesbian singer/songwriter Lou, to whom Thatcher is deeply attracted; James, guitar virtuoso and daytime World Trade Center employee, not to mention owner of the floor Thatcher is sleeping on; and locals such as Orris, the overweight, half–blind, prophet of Hoboken's west side, and patient at the mental health clinic where Thatcher is a clerk. As in Roddy Doyle's The Commitments and Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, the music is at the heart of it all. But in In Hoboken the place and the people turn out to be just as inspiring.

About the Author

Christian Bauman is author of the novels IN HOBOKEN (Melville House, March 2008) "Voodoo Lounge" (Touchstone, 2005) and "The Ice Beneath You "(Touchstone, 2002), a regular contributor to NPR's All Things Considered, and an editor-at-large for He lives with his wife and daughters in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781933633473
Publisher: Melville House
Publication Date: March 1st, 2008
Pages: 250



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New Hope for American Art

                                               New Hope for American Art is the most comprehensive book ever published on artists from, and surrounding, the New Hope Art Colony (also known as the Pennsylvania Impressionists). This book, with its 612 pages and over 1,000 color plates of artwork include biographies of 165 individual Pennsylvania Impressionists and New Hope Modernists as well as artists from the Philadelphia Ten, a pioneering group of women all educated at Philadelphia art schools. 

In this book, you'll find biographies and artwork from such artists as:

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  • George Sotter
  • Arthur Meltzer
  • Robert Spencer
  • William Langson Lathrop
  • Kenneth Nunamaker
  • John Folinsbee
  • Henry Snell
  • William F. Taylor
  • Fern Coppedge
  • M. Elizabeth Price
  • Clarence Johnson
  • S. George Phillips
  • Rae Sloan Bredin
  • Walter Baum
  • Walter Schofield
  • Morgan Colt
  • Charles Rosen
  • Joseph Meierhans
  • Charles F. Ramsey
  • Louis Stone
  • Charles Evans
  • Josef Zenk

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