The Soul of Central New York
Syracuse Stories by Sean Kirst
With a Foreword by Eric Carle
Nationally celebrated columnist Sean Kirst offers a deeply moving collection
of stories about the struggles and triumphs of the everyday men and
women who define Syracuse.
"Kirst not only shares with readers his love
and passion for the people, places, and
voices of his hometown, but captures the
essence of what it is to be a community."—Jason Emerson, author of Giant in the Shadows:
The Life of Robert T. Lincoln
"Kirst demonstrates an extraordinary connection with his readers
and subjects. How wonderful it would be for any community to
have such an artful chronicler of its poignant moments."—Janice Bullard Pieterse, author of Our Work Is But Begun: A History of the University of Rochester, 1850–2005
Sean Kirst is a longtime Upstate journalist, writer, and storyteller who spent nearly 25 years as a columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard. Winner of the 2008 Ernie Pyle Award for human interest writing, Kirst is also the author of The Ashes of Lou Gehrig and Other Baseball Essays, and co-author of Moonfixer: The Basketball Journey of Earl Lloyd. He lives in Syracuse with his wife, Nora, and their three children.
Book Description »[Close »]
A group of strangers risk death along the New York State Thruway to save a soldier
from a burning truck. The true story, as told by football legend Jim Brown,
of how the number 44 rose to prominence at Syracuse University. The beautiful
yet tragic connection between Vice President Joseph Biden and Syracuse.
The impossible account of how Eric Carle, one of the world’s great children’s
authors, found his way to a childhood friend through a photograph taken in
Syracuse more than eighty years ago.
All these tales can be found in The Soul of Central New York, a collection of
columns by Sean Kirst that spans almost a quarter-century. During his long career
as a writer for the Syracuse Post-Standard, Kirst won some of the most prestigious
honors in journalism, including the Ernie Pyle Award, given annually to one American
writer who best captures the hopes and dreams of everyday Americans.
For Kirst, his canvas is Syracuse, an upstate city of staggering beauty and
profound struggle. In this book, readers will find a nuanced explanation of
how Syracuse is intertwined with the spiritual roots of the Six Nations, as well
as a soliloquy from a grieving father whose son was lost to violence on the
streets. In these emotional contradictions—in the resilience, love, and heartbreak
of its people—Kirst offers a vivid portrait of his city and, in the end, gives
6 x 9, 352 pages, 45 black-and-white photographs