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Driving Backwards
by Jessica Lander

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“This is a book about small town life in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. For example, one of the best chapters is about the author learning about milking cows. Two famous people were born there: Herman Webster Mudgett and Grace Metalious. HERMAN WEBSTER MUDGETT: Herman Webster Mudgett adopted the alias H. H. Holmes and moved to Chicago where he became a well-to-do doctor. During the course of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, he became America's first serial killer. He never returned to Gilmanton and was executed in Pennsylvania. Read Erik Larson's Devil in the White City to find out more. GRACE METALIOUS: She collected stories she heard around town and added some of her own imagination to write Peyton Place. In the 1950s it was a blockbuster novel considered scandalous. Gilmanton does not brag about the book, but the town in Maine where it was filmed still pushes it. The library hid the book. The librarian is afraid it might be stolen and burned. ”

—Jimmy

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Driving Backwards

ISBN 978-0-9914523-1-6 24.95
2014 • 208 pages

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