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Jack Kerouac Reading and Discussion Series: The Books

For information about our Spring 2013 Jack Kerouac Reading and Discussion Series.

The Books

The Town and the City

The Town and the City

Visions of Gerard

Visions of Gerard

Maggie Cassidy

Maggie Cassidy

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The Town and The City

In this compelling first novel, Kerouac draws on his New England mill-town boyhood to create the world of George and Marguerite Martin and their eight children, each endowed with an energy and a vision of life.

Get the book:

  • Check your local library for copies
  • UML have copies for program participants
  • Buy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
 

Visions of Gerard

Unique among Jack Kerouac's novels, Visions of Gerard focuses on the scenes and sensations of childhood—the wisdom, anguish, intensity, innocence, evil, insight, suffering, delight, and shock—as they were revealed in the short tragic-happy life of his saintly brother, Gerard. Set in Kerouac's hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, it is an unsettling, beautiful, and sad exploration of the meaning and precariousness of existence.

Get the book:

  • Check your local library for copies
  • UML has copies for program participants
  • Buy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
 

Maggie Cassidy

One of the dozen books written by Jack Kerouac in the early and mid-1950s, Maggie Cassidy was not published until 1959, after the appearance of On the Road had made its author famous overnight, Long out of print, this touching novel of adolescent love in a New England mill town, with its straight-forward narrative structure, is one of Kerouac's most accesible works. It is a remarkable , bittersweet evocation of the awkwardness and the joy of growing up in America.

Get the book:

  • Check your local library for copies
  • UML has copies for program participants
  • Buy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Free copies

Copies at UML:

UMass Lowell has a number of free copies available of all three books for participants.  To get a copy of the books you must register for the program.  You will only be able to pick up the next book we are reading.  When you come to the next program you will be given a copy of the next book. 

 

Public Libraries:

Many of the public libraries in the towns surrounding UMass Lowell have been given copies of the books for participants to check out.  Please check your local library catalog to see if there is a copy available to you.  If not, ask the librarian about getting a copy.