Unsung Heroes of the American Industry

Unsung Heroes of the American Industry

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Worm farms, pearl-button making, chicken processing, pornography, and beauty pageantry. These quirky cottage industries hold the potential to make fortunes, though it's more likely that they'll lead to bankruptcy and shattered dreams. Mark Poirier introduces the misfits and visionaries who embody the aspirations - and frequently the lunacy - of the American entrepreneur. Following his highly acclaimed debut collection, NAKED PUEBLO, and first novel, GOATS, Poirier returns to life on the edge in tales that race across the American landscape, finding individualists and their outrageous professions in every region of the United States, from Washington, D.C., to Southern California, New England to Louisiana.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 135 x 216mm | 239g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747561036
  • 9780747561033

About Mark Poirier

Mark Poirier is a graduate of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. He was recently awarded a James Michener fellowship. He is the author of NAKED PUEBLO and GOATS, and lives in Portland, Oregon.
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A series of stories on quirky cottage industries such as worm farms, pornography and beauty pageantry that hold the potential to great fortune though usually end in bankruptcy and shattered dreams. Here are tales of the misfits and visionaries who embody the aspirations and frequently the lunacies of American entrepreneurs. Poirer's debut novel "Goats" sold over 15,000 copies and like Naked Pueblo, his first collection of short stories, was published to great critical praise.
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64 ratings
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