Through the lively, heartwarming, and often funny interviews with residents, old and young, the nostalgic archival photographs, the author's insightful essays and poetry, and his own impressionistic snapshots, the sad but ultimately uplifting story of the rebirth of North Adams comes to life.
But this book is also about the author's spiritual journey in this haunting and strangely beautiful city. Since visiting North Adams for the first time in 1996, Joe Manning has found a renewed sense of purpose in his middle years and a second career as an important writer, photographer, and community activist. "God has blessed me," he says, "with the people of this city; people who possess a disarming spirit of trust, graciousness, decency, and optimism." Like the author, readers of this marvelous new book will find themselves Disappearing Into North Adams.
Inside the Berkshires
by David McLaughlin
Inside the Berkshires is a result of three years of research and travel begining in 2005. During this period David visited the area dozens of times for extended periods. He can capture the essences of a place by establishing warm connections with the long-time residents of a region and drawing out their personal histories and esoteric knowledge of the area. He has also contributed many of the photographs in the book.