From Publishers Weekly
In 1984, as plans for the Mark Twain sesquicentennial were being formed, CBS News commentator Powers returned to his hometown of Hannibal, Mo., and here lovingly compares contemporary Hannibal with the Hannibal of his boyhood and of Mark Twain's early years. "Many readers will rejoice in this book's humor, warmth and poignancy," PW stated.
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From Library Journal
The title is from Mark Twain's recollection of Hannibal, Missouri, which he left at 17, Powers's age when he left there in 1959. Powers's quite different memories of Hannibal haunted him until, in 1985, he began returning from his New York world of television news to see if the town still generated the same values and assumptions it had in his childhood. It was the Twain sesquicentennial year, and Powers chronicles both the failed attempts by "outside" promoters to develop a seven-month celebration and the more modest success mounted by the townspeople themselves. This is a beautifully written account of examining one's roots; of an aging, shrinking river town; of memories versus ongoing experience; of peopleand especially of the author and the town's coming to grips with the past and moving on. Highly recommended. Roland Person, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
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