Narratives  

The nuts and bolts of a furniture book

Beth Macy reviews the process of writing her just-released book, Factory Man, including the two weeks she she spent in the "corn crib:" "My goal had been to write a business book that did not read like a business book — something that my octogenarian mom could read in order to finally understand why so many of the once-thriving factory towns she grew up in, and near, now look like ghost towns, with soaring rates of disability, food insecurity and underemployment."