What We’re Reading…

February 14, 2020
Woman singing while playing guitar.

Dar Williams, author of What I Found In a Thousand Towns, has built her musical career by performing in the small towns of America, which gave her a unique perspective on the fall and rise of these places. She writes about these experiences in her book, and we believe you should read about them!

We had the pleasure of meeting Dar at the 2020 NJ Planning Conference last month where she was a Keynote speaker and gave a wonderfully engaging talk (and musical performance!) about her unique viewpoint.

The following is Dar’s description of the book, which can be found on her website:

A beloved folk singer presents an impassioned account of the fall and rise of the small American towns she cherishes

Dubbed by the New Yorker as “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters,” Dar Williams has made her career not in stadiums, but touring America’s small towns. She has played their venues, composed in their coffee shops, and drunk in their bars. She has seen these communities struggle, but also seen them thrive in the face of postindustrial identity crises.

Here, Williams muses on why some towns flourish while others fail, examining elements from the significance of history and nature to the uniting power of public spaces and food. Drawing on her own travels and the work of urban theorists, Williams offers real solutions to rebuild declining communities.

What I Found in a Thousand Towns is more than a love letter to America’s small towns, it’s a deeply personal and hopeful message about the potential of America’s lively and resilient communities.