James and Deborah Fallows In the Press

Featured in The Roanoke Times

Posted on December 9th, 2018 at 4:12 PM

The Roanoke TimesThe Roanoke Times Editorial, How we stack up

The Roanoke Times' Sunday, December 9, 2018 editorial measures Roanoke's progress against the first of the Fallowses' signs of civic success: civic governance. The Times editors score Roanoke and the Roanoke Valley region high in the stability of city councils allowing more cooperation among local governments. This has allowed numerous long-range projects to move forward.


Travel Book of the Week on

Posted on December 9th, 2018 at 3:49 PM Travel Book of the Week

Our Towns is Johnny Jet's December 4, 2018 Travel Book of the Week.

If you're looking for a good book to take on your Christmas vacation, he recommends simply, "Grab it."

Reviewed in USA Today Network - Wisconsin

Posted on December 9th, 2018 at 3:25 PM

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In the December 7, 2018 book review for the USA Today Network - Wisconsin, the Green Bay Press Gazette describes James and Deborah Fallowses' collaborative writing of Our Towns as a, "seamless and lively narrative of small-town America."

The review concludes, "This fascinating view of the so-called 'flyover country' is riveting and a must-read."

Featured in Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal

Posted on December 6th, 2018 at 7:23 PM

Northeast Business JournalNortheast Business Journal 10 Principals

In his December 5, 2018 column, Howard Grossman touts the Fallowses' ten principles from Our Towns, which he feels can be utilized in the region to look at new ways to improve community life throughout the Pocono-Northeast.

Featured in Digital Insider

Posted on November 28th, 2018 at 7:31 PM

Digital InsiderDigital Insider, Success of Smaller Cities

Howard Blumenthal finds himself drawn, not to megalopolises, but to smaller cities around the world. Along the way he found the same signs of civic success as James and Deborah Fallows did in Our Towns

Reviewed in Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted on November 26th, 2018 at 10:00 PM

Philadelphia InquirerPhiladelphia Inquirer, Our Towns Review

In John Reinan's November 26, 2018 review, he describes the Fallowses' level of immersion as the reason they could accurately author a road map for cities seeking direction. He concludes, "Superbly reported, cleanly and briskly written, brimming with real-life solutions, this is a book for anyone who cares about the life of American communities."

Featured in The New Republic

Posted on November 21st, 2018 at 7:05 PM

The New RepublicThe New Republic, A Dutiful Citizen

In his November 21, 2018 article, Win McCormack, Editor in Chief of The New Republic, discusses Gary Hart's 30 years of contributions to American government and American political discourse -- made after the events covered in the recent film The Front Runner. Hart's mantra became, he told McCormack, "we must protect and secure our rights by the performance of our duties -- meaning participation in self-government." 

McCormack closes the article by paralleling Hart's view with those of James and Deborah Fallows in Our Towns. Local level solutions from engaged citizens working across ideological lines is the way cities are accomplishing projects that benefit the entire community.


WITF Pick of the Month - November

Posted on November 21st, 2018 at 4:46 PM

WITF Pick of the MonthWITF Nov Pick of the Month

WITF, a broadcast and media services organization serving central Pennsylvania, in partnership with Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg, selected Our Towns as their November 2018 pick of the month.

In their recommendation they report, "This positive and provacative view of America was compiled over five years as the husband and wife authors travelled across the country in a single engine prop airplane."

Featured in Ky Forward

Posted on November 21st, 2018 at 4:25 PM

Ky Forward LogoKy Forward, Exploring history

In her November 20, 2018 column, Constance Alexander provides local examples that support Deborah Fallows' assertion in Our Towns that, in a library, "You see the people, programs, problems, and answers that offer a genuine look into the heart and soul of a town." This includes the local Calloway County Library, which is currently discussing enlargement and enhancement plans.

Included in Curbed list of 101 Books About Where and How We Live

Posted on November 19th, 2018 at 7:52 PM

Curbed, 101 BooksCurbed, 101 Books About Where and How We Live

Just in time for your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, 101 books recommended by urban experts and Curbed contributors -- including James and Deborah Fallowses' Our Towns.

They exhort, "We hope that by exploring this list, and sharing these titles with others, you'll learn we share more than common ground."