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Mountain City By GregoryMartin Mountain City By the end of Gregory Martin s unsentimental but affecting memoir only thirty one people live in remote Mountain City Nevada and none of them are children The town s abandoned mines are testimony t
  • Title: Mountain City
  • Author: GregoryMartin
  • ISBN: 9780865476165
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mountain City By GregoryMartin By the end of Gregory Martin s unsentimental but affecting memoir, only thirty one people live in remote Mountain City, Nevada, and none of them are children The town s abandoned mines are testimony to the cycle of promise, exploitation, abandonment, and attrition that has been the repeated story of the West Yet the comings and goings at Tremewan s, the general store MarBy the end of Gregory Martin s unsentimental but affecting memoir, only thirty one people live in remote Mountain City, Nevada, and none of them are children The town s abandoned mines are testimony to the cycle of promise, exploitation, abandonment, and attrition that has been the repeated story of the West Yet the comings and goings at Tremewan s, the general store Martin s family has run for than forty years, reveal a remarkably vibrant community that includes salty widows, Native Americans from a nearby reservation, and a number of Martin s deeply idiosyncratic Basque descended relatives Martin observes them as they persist in a difficult but rewarding existence and celebrates, with neither pity nor regret, the large and small dramas of their lives and their stubborn attachment to a place that seems likely to disappear in his lifetime.
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    1. GregoryMartin

      Gregory Martin is the author of MOUNTAIN CITY, a memoir of the life of a town of thirty three people in remote northeastern Nevada, which received a Washington State Book Award, was named a New York Times Notable Book, one of ten Larger than Life Memoirs by NPR s Morning Edition, and is referred to by some people in Mountain City as the book Martin s second book, a memoir STORIES FOR BOYS, is forthcoming from Hawthorne Books in Fall 2012 and is a Barnes Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection for Holiday 2012 Martin s work has appeared in The Sun, The Kenyon Review, Creative Nonfiction, Storyquarterly, The Writer, Witness, and elsewhere For his teaching, Martin has received the University of New Mexico Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award Martin is an Associate Professor of English and serves as Director of UNM s Combined BA MD Degree Program.

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    1. creative nonfiction autobio, i think he studied in u of arizona then taught teaches at u of nm but about a very very small town in northern neveada, southern idaho, and what it was like to visit there at his grandparents store town, and live there too as a grownup perhaps one of the most out of the way towns in lower 48, and uniguqe history of basques in usa, and ranching and indians etc was a groundbreaking book in creative nonfiction when written, but now sort of old hat.


    2. i met martin when i was going to go study with him at UNM, and bought his book, then decided not to go independent of him , and then never read the book till now i felt kind of ambivalent as i read it, but as soon as i d put it down and move on to other things, these stark, understated scenes and characters would follow me around really quite beautiful and haunting.


    3. If you liked James Galvin s The Meadow, you will like this one Down to earth, full of stories within stories, vignettes, beautiful, stripped language, infused with intimacy and yet relevant to all small, fading boom to bust towns and histories, wonderful book.


    4. This is a lovely small town memoir of Martin s Basque heritage in Nevada His clean, spare prose with wry revelations of funny members draws the reader into their grocery store A warm, uplifting way to start the New Year to remember the deep value of family irksome as some family members may be.


    5. The book has a very personal feel to the narrative as it revolves around the family grocery store that has been in Mountain City for decades The store provides a view to all of the residents, but it ultimately sticks with his family, grandparents, cousin, aunt uncle, who all work in the store The book has sorrow attached to it, as the town is the diminishing, the aging residents, and it leaves you asking what will happen to this very small town and others like it throughout rural Nevada over the [...]


    6. Simply put, this book does an amazing job of personalizing the people characters in the book When you live in a town of 30 40 people, you can t help but get to know everyone on a very intimate level I often thought of my father s mother and father, how much they meant to me, and how, as a family, we always worked towards a collective goal I found the book to be slow at first, but as I got to know he cast, I was often smiling and reminiscing on my own life Quick easy read, especially if you read [...]


    7. Not a knock out punch, maybe, but skillful and sustaining I often feel this way about memoirs Story is great, and it s often tied to larger themes and histories, but there is still something strange about trying to fit lived experience into the rough shape of a novel Something strange about the rhythm In this case, though, it came along at the right time, and timing is everything I m so glad this experience exists in book form, honestly and expertly rendered.


    8. I originally read this book in 2003 for an english lit class I picked it up again today 6 6 09 as I was going to lend it to a friend I wanted to flip thru it just to make sure there were no forgotten scraps of paper hidden away in there I ended up racing through it, enjoying every word all over again a testament to the author s writing style.I am spending a month out in Elko currently, so the landscape and people resonate with me right now.Highly recommend this book.


    9. Fond description of a remote town in the hills of Nevada population 33 when the book begins 31 when it ends A good portrait of the people the writer s family, mostly who hang on in a town that is slowly disappearing.Never knew that Basque immigrants found their way to Nevada to herd sheep.


    10. Gregory Martin lives in a small town in Nevada where there are hardly any people an individuals look at his hometown, family, and environment Some interesting characters that we may soemtimes miss if we are not paying attention An interesting look at Native Americans that live on a nearby reservation A quick read that is very homey.


    11. This is a beautifully written memoir about a town that s all but vanished Martin has a way of diving deep into local and familial history in a compelling way Martin is both raw and nostalgic, without any cheesy sentimentality often found in memoirs This book touched me deeply.


    12. There is something that feels very homey about this book What I found the most interesting is that this author wrote this novel by writing thoughts and small stories on scraps of paper When he had enough he wrote this book A nice testament to his family.


    13. Funny and sad tale about a small town in Nevada, where the author s family is from and where he feels a strong connection The place defines Martin and place is what this book is all about I like how Martin takes chances with this book and how it is a segmented book.


    14. Conveys the time slowed feeling of a place like a possibly soon to be ghost town surely evokes You know it when you drive through these places in nevada and you feel sympathy for people who live there Reading this makes me realize the joke may be on me, or at least it s all relative.


    15. An ok story Nothing much happened, however the author really drew out the characters I connected with all of them and or less, enjoyed this little novella I give it 3 stars.


    16. Sometimes feels like an essay stretched thinly into a book, but for the most part this was a good read No narrative arc to speak of, but thematically cohesive and at times strongly emotional.



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