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Welcome to Utopia by Karen Valby
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Feb 09, 2011

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Journalist Valby was sent to find a "very" small town to study. She chose Utopia, TX, pop. 1,000. She went beyond interviews. She actually lived there, really becoming a part of the community. If you have lived in a small town or spent much time with others who have, you will see the exceptionally accurate picture she presents. It's almost like getting a wild animal to let you into it's life. She persists and becomes a member of the coffee group (all men)at the hardware store. We learn about their pasts, their problems, and even their tragedies. It's a good read. Especially for Texans!
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