Patrick J. Carr is associate professor of sociology at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and the author of Clean Streets. Maria J. Kefalas is a professor of sociology at Saint Joseph's University, the author of Working-Class Heroes, and coauthor of Promises I Can Keep. The authors live outside Philadelphia.
"Written in an easily accessible style for the lay reader, this
volume is filled with their observations of life in a rural
community that is just "hanging on," and stories from the young
adults they met."-Journal of Rural Social Sciences
"An intriguing new book . . . [They] argue that it will take more than just free land initiatives to reverse rural America's brain drain."-Christina Gillham, Newsweek
"A fascinating study that brilliantly describes and analyzes the problems of rural towns in America that are emptying out."-William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University
"The authors present a brave and daunting examination of why the most talented, the most productive young people leave our small towns. . . . This book is so generative, so fiercely compelling . . . I urge you to read it."-Mildred Armstrong Kalish, author of Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
"The undoing of Middle America is the great secret tragedy of our times. For shining a bright, unwavering light on the unfolding disaster, Carr and Kefalas deserve enormous credit." -Thomas Frank, author of What's the Matter with Kansas?
"Deft and detailed case studies bring the population to life. . . . The authors alert readers to this major change with clarity and compassion."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A worthy contribution to a conversation we desperately need to have."-Bill Kauffman, Wall Street Journal
"Deftly researched and written, this book is highly recommended for sociologists, educators, policymakers, and anyone concerned about the future of this country."-Library Journal, starred review