Based on four years of rigorous and intimate reporting, Gigi Georges PhD chronicles the lives of five young women coming of age in Washington County, ME, one of the most challenging and geographically isolated regions on the Eastern seaboard and an illuminating microcosm of the changing rural landscape across America. As they reach adulthood, they discover that despite significant challenges, there is much to celebrate in “the valley of the overlooked.” Their stories remind us of the value of timeless ideals: strength of family and community, reverence for nature’s rule, dignity in cracked hands and muddied shoes and the enduring power of home. A former White House special assistant to the president and communications director for the New York City Department of Education, Georges has taught political science at Boston College and served as program director for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Innovation Strategies Initiative.
Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural AmericaBuy
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