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City Limits: Memories of a Small-Town Boy Paperback – 2 Sep 2002

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5.0 out of 5 stars His experiences will be easy to relate to if the reader has any interest ... 14 Feb. 2015
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This is not, in any way, an average book. It is more than a "coming of age" book, and more than a memoir. Teachout's account of his childhood and early adult life has much to offer to anyone who is thoughtful about life in America. His experiences will be easy to relate to if the reader has any interest in the arts, and his style is fluid, funny, and without cliche. I've enjoyed his biographies and critical writing. It's impressive to see him so well in this genre. This is a very good book. Period. Get a copy and read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars City Limits Touches the Heart and Opens the Eyes 2 Jan. 2011
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This book is one that many of us can relate to. Many of us have removed ourselves far from our small town roots, and even though we have relocated our lives to bigger and better things, we are constantly reminded that we are, indeed, small town folk. You can take the boy out of the country, but you can never take the country out of the boy. Terry raises goosebumps in almost every chapter, recounting with great detail his experiences of becoming a successful writer in New York City, and more importantly his emotional trips back to his home town.

He does a wonderful tribute to Harry Jenks, an understated jazz legend in Kansas City, who, without Teachout's memories may have been overlooked by most Kansas City jazz historians.

If mashed potatoes and fried chicken are the "comfort foods", then City Limits by Terry Teachout is definitely one of the Great Comfort Books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Autobiographical Look at An Important American Critic 14 Sept. 2005
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I enjoyed Terry Teachout's book of autobiographical essays "City Limits". There is nothing terribly important in the book, but its tone and pace are leisurely & enjoyable and his stories reveal interesting details about an important cultural critic whose influence is rising each year through his books and articles in "Commentary", "The Wall Street Journal" and other influential conservative journals of opinion. Teachout's writing reminds me of my favorite writer, Joseph Epstein (it is probably no coincidence that you often find their pieces in the same issues of publications). Both writers are extremely culturally fluent with a lot of interesting things to say. Their writing is also very accessable to the average, educated person who is looking to learn more about literature, music, theater, art, and the good life in general.
1.0 out of 5 stars Sketchy navel gazing 15 Feb. 2013
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Nostalgia run rampant, without connective tissue or narrative propulsion, this is perhaps something that the author's kin might find worth perusing at some later date, but hardly more than that. I'd recommend something by one of the Wolff brothers if you want to see how it's truly done.
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