Fresh Jersey: Stories from an Altered State

Mike Kelly

$ 14.95

Type Trade paper
Vendor Camino Books
Pages 240
Size 6" x 9"
ISBN 978-0-940159-59-4
Tags Journalism, New Jersey
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Mike Kelly has written a wonderful, touching, funny, perceptive book. I loved Fresh Jersey.
Mary Higgins Clark

Mike Kelly is one very good reason people read newspapers.
Rick Bragg,
The New York Times


For over a decade, ordinary people, doing ordinary things, have given Mike Kelly the opportunity to inform and entertain readers of the New Jersey-based newspaper The Record. To Kelly, the story is in the people—and in the lessons that their experiences can teach the rest of us about living, dying, laughing and loving. In this collection of his columns, Kelly pays tribute to those people as he shares their story with a wider audience.

Kelly charts the rise and fall of local, state and national politicians. He searches for Jimmy Hoffa’s legendary burial place in Giants Stadium, and he recalls an afternoon spent with a three-year-old AIDS victim. All together, these individual stories of hope and sorrow, of hardship and happiness, transcend their local origins and tell a larger story of how Americans live and perceive themselves.


About the Author

Mike Kelly is an award-winning columnist for The Record. This is his second book.

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