Tom and Huck Don't Live Here Anymore: Childhood and Murder in the Heart of America
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Tom and Huck Don't Live Here Anymore: Childhood and Murder in the Heart of America

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Ron Powers' hometown is Hannibal, Missouri, home of Mark Twain, and therefore birthplace of our image of boyhood itself. Powers returns to Hannibal to chronicle the horrific story of two killings, both committed by minors, and the trials that followed. Seamlessly weaving the narrative of the events in Hannibal with the national withering of the very concept of childhood, P...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 14th 2002 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2001)
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Kristal Cooper
Mark Twain spent thirteen of his formative young years in Hannibal, Missouri and wrote his Tom & Huck tales with the town in mind. The sociologist/historian Ron Powers also grew up in Hannibal and – after learning there had been two murders committed by teens within six weeks in “America’s Home Town” – went back to see what had changed.

The answer is: Everything has changed, many times over.

Ron Powers is a prolific author with many non-fiction books to his credit, including two biographies o...more
An interesting contemplation on the state of youth and the dissolution of a sense of community in America. Focuses on murders committed in Hannibal, Missouri. Ties in his thoughts with autobiographical detail and memories from his childhood in 50's Hannibal and the writing of the city's mostnotable historical figure (Mark Twain). There were some really good insights, but I felt the book was poorly edited.
Phil Overeem
Sobering, but certainly not surprising if you are a teacher and/or a Missourian. I love the way Powers weaves Twain's perceptions of childhood, Hannibal, and society with what all three have come down to at the end of the 20th century, while at the same time weaving the fate of his pro/antagonists with a personal tragedy of his own.
Harrowing and sad.
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Ron Powers (born 1941) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, novelist, and non-fiction writer. His face include White Town Drowsing: Journeys to Hannibal, Dangerous Water: A Biography of the Boy Who Became Mark Twain, and Mark Twain: A Life. With James Bradley, he co-wrote the 2000 #1 New York Times Bestseller Flags of Our Fathers.

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