Publisher description for Braving home : dispatches from the Lava-Side Inn, the Underwater Town, and other extreme locales / Jake Halpern.
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When Jake Halpern was a cub reporter, he became obsessed with stories about "some outlandish and often hellish place, inhabited by a handful of stalwarts who refused to leave." His fellow reporters joked with him and nicknamed him the Bad Homes Correspondent. But the more he learned about these people, the more he was drawn to them.
Determined to understand their fierce devotion to home, Halpern set off on a journey to five of the most punishing towns in America. In North Carolina, he met a retired mill worker who single-handedly manned his hometown in the wake of a devastating flood. In Alaska, Halpern traveled to an "indoor town" -- a lone snowbound high-rise. At the base of a Hawaiian volcano, he stayed with a hermit whose house was surrounded by molten lava. In Malibu, nestled among the glitterati, a family of hillbillies had been battling wildfires for generations. Finally, on a barrier island off the coast of Louisiana, a legendary storm-rider told of surviving hurricanes -- even if it meant tying one's hair to a tree.
Funny, insightful, and often moving, Braving Home introduces us to modern American pioneers. Throughout his journey, Halpern explores the value of rootedness in an age when our society is more mobile than ever. Along the way, he discovers why no amount of floods, lava, wind, fire, or hurricanes can tug these unforgettable people from their roots.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: United States Description and travel, United States History, Local, Halpern, Jake Journeys United States, United States Biography, Home United States Psychological aspects Case studies