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City Limits

The Wall Street Journal drama critic and Missouri native remembers growing up in small-town America, paying tribute to the memories he developed and people he met while revealing the reasons he finally left for New York City.

In this collection of anecdotes and memories, Terry Teachout sings of the pride of regional America. City Limits is the story of Teachout’s as he grew up in small town of Silkeston, Missouri, filled with countless adventures and embarrassments.

Beginning with his life as a young boy and progressing to eventual his decision to leave the only place he knew for New York City, Teachout gives readers a glance into the mind of small-town boy that grew into a big-city man.

Terry Teachout is the drama critic at The Wall Street Journal, the critic-at-large of Commentary, and the author of Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, as well as other titles. His play, Satchmo at the Waldorf, was produced by several theatres, including Shakespeare and Company of Lenox, Mass. Prior to becoming a writer, Teachout was a professional bassist.