Rust Belt Boy

Stories of an American Childhood

Paul Hertneky

Tales of a largely unknown and recurrent Promised Land, revealing the soul of industrial life, and a yearning for broader horizons
Date Published :
May 2016
Publisher :
Bauhan Publishing
Format Available    QuantityPrice
ISBN : 9780872332225
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 8.5 X 5.5 inches
In stock


Paul Hertneky is one of millions of baby boomers who fled the industrial north upon fulfilling his parents’ dreams of a college education. He returns to his roots in Ambridge, Pennsylvania in this collection of stories specific to one legendary riverfront plateau and one boy’s journey, but emblematic of immigrant life and blue-collar aspirations during the heyday of American industry and its crash, foreshadowing one of the largest internal migrations in U.S. history.

About The Author

Over 25 years Paul Hertneky has published in every medium. His work centers on culture, food, industry, the environment, and travel, winning him a Solas Award, and two James Beard Award nominations. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, he serves on the faculty of Chatham University and lives in Hancock, NH.


A Turning Tide
Horns in the Hollow
Rust and Restlessness
Milk and Honey
Where Stories Went to Die
The Front Pew
The Nation's First Economy
The Prurient Power of Pierogi
Life as They Found It
Rough and Ready, Tough and Tender
Moms Who Put Out
A Flame That Water Fed
Popularity, Politics, and Patronage
Humility and Its Opposite
Sure But Not At All Certain
Curiosity as Curse
Light and Nature
More Snoop Than Solicitor
Of Heroes and Helpers
Dodging a Bullet
Itching All Over
Like Ambridge with a C
Rust: The Patina of Possibility
Rescue Amid the Ruins

More from this publisher