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JULIE WHITESEL WESTON. The Good Times Are All Gone Now: Life, Death and Rebirth in an Idaho Mining Town

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JULIE WHITESEL WESTON. The Good Times Are All Gone Now:  Life, Death and Rebirth in an Idaho Mining Town. University of Oklahoma Press. Trade paperback, 231 pages, $19.95, oupress.com.

Julie Whitesel Weston left her hometown of Kellogg, Idaho, but eventually it pulled her back. Only when she returned to this mining community did she see the paradoxes of the place where she grew up.  Her book takes a fond but hard look at life in Kellogg during the “good times.” It begins the day the smokestacks came down and reaches far back into collective and personal memory to understand a way of life now gone.