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Ptown - Peter Manso

Paperback Published: 6th May 2003
ISBN: 9780743243117
Number Of Pages: 368

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When you look back at its history, you can see a progression in Provincetown, things getting wilder and wilder, the outlaw element becoming the norm....

Provincetown, Cape Cod: This small Massachusetts enclave has long been home to pirates, commune-dwellers, artists, and other noble countrymen who value liberty over law -- from Norman Mailer and Tennessee Williams to John Waters, Robert Motherwell, and former congressman Gerry Studds. With one of the largest homosexual populations per capita of any town or city in the United States, and some of the highest beachfront real estate prices in the Northeast, Provincetown is a thriving tourist spot that attracts more than one million visitors each year. Here, acclaimed writer and longtime Ptown resident Peter Manso brings together all the celebrities and townsfolk, history and happenstance, and politics and gossip to offer an unparalleled account of this unconventional seaside society -- a place, in the words of Henry David Thoreau, where "one may stand...and put all of America behind him."

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The Provincetown Banner There are some terrific stories here, the ones we love to hear and to tell. Boston Herald A provocative look at cultural history and contemporary lifestyles. Nicholas von Hoffman Columnist, New York Observer Social history and analysis...nicely concealed in hypnotically fascinating reading. Ptown's got everything: drama, love, crime, humor, real estate, nostalgia, art, celebrities, you name it. Alex Beam The Boston Globe Provocative...eloquently written [and] in-your-face.

The House Partyp. 1
On the Edgep. 12
The Fourth of Julyp. 16
Provincetown's Geography: Fact and Metaphorp. 19
Walking Tourp. 23
A Brief Art Historyp. 27
Forum 49p. 33
The Auctionp. 37
Ciro & Sal'sp. 41
Carnivalp. 51
If Not Us, Who?p. 59
Tony Jackett: The Smuggling Storyp. 71
Warm Nightsp. 81
The Barsp. 88
Regina Binder: City Plannerp. 106
The Drop-In Centerp. 115
Jay Critchleyp. 124
Ciro Lets the Good Times Rollp. 134
Outlawsp. 139
Tony and the Colombiansp. 158
Coming Outp. 178
Preservationp. 195
Tony's Familyp. 209
The Swim for Lifep. 233
AIDSp. 257
Ciro's No Morep. 263
Weekend Encountersp. 267
Trouble in Provincetownp. 274
Life in the Theme Parkp. 287
An Afterwordp. 300
Acknowledgmentsp. 309
Notesp. 313
Bibliographyp. 315
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9780743243117
ISBN-10: 0743243110
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 6th May 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 13.97  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.35

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