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The American College Town


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A former reporter for the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers, BLAKE GUMPRECHT is an assistant professor of geography and American studies at the University of New Hampshire. His previous book, The Los Angeles River: Its Life, Death, and Possible Rebirth, won the J. B. Jackson Prize from the Association of American Geographers.


"With a keen eye for telling details and examples and an easy writing style, both products of an earlier career as a journalist, Blake Gumprecht identifies, explains, and vividly conveys the characteristics that make American college towns distinctive places." -- David Wishart
"The American College Town is expansive, comprehensive, and coherent. It builds on a remarkable and detailed mix of field and archival work, and it offers an original and highly personal interpretation. Gumprecht has emerged fully as an important scholar of the American cultural landscape." -- Joseph S. Wood
"This book is well written, well documented, and thoroughly engaging. Gumprecht adeptly partners individual college towns with different themes relevant to all college towns. As someone who appreciates case studies and well-crafted vignettes, I find this work both fascinating and profoundly effective." -- Corey Dolgon
"The American College Town demonstrates Gumprecht's knack for recognizing a great untold story. It also proves that it is actually possible to articulate that most elusive of geographical concepts, the sense of place, when the writer is a master of landscape observation, as Gumprecht unquestionably is. This book teaches readers how to see the meaning embedded in places we take for granted. Gumprecht's exhaustive, multi-dimensional research enables him to read landscapes better than any historical geographer writing today." -- Anne Kelly Knowles

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