Unsung Heroes of American Industry

Unsung Heroes of 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 128 x 188 x 14mm | 199.58g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747568081
  • 9780747568087
  • 1,389,237

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, Goats and Modern Ranch Living, and lives in Portland, Oregon.show more

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'Unsentimental, deeply moving and glittering with invention' Sunday Times 'The author ... continues to build a reputation as a true heir to the spirit of Terry Southern and other cult iconoclastic writers ... Poirier bridges fiction and fact with an acute sense of dry humour and an eye for the allure of the outsider' Scotsmanshow more

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