Item description for Tour of Homes by Micheal Elliott...
At last, Elliott combines his keen sense of observation and unmatched knowledge of the politics of securing services for the homeless and weaves them into a tale of intrigue set in Savannah, Georgia.
The page-turner marks the first novel by this prolific author of essays and inspirational nonfiction. It takes the reader on a fascinating journey across the political landscape of a town trying to deal with the economic reality of too many sick people, too few services for them, and health care struggling for survival while trying to meet the community's health needs. Based on his own experience as a non-profit executive, Elliott exposes the administrative travails of health-care management.
This book is clever, witty, and insightful, and is fun reading; but once you have finished reading it, you will never look at health care the same way. This book is Elliott's most provocative.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.5" Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Publisher Frederic C. Beil Publisher
ISBN 1929490216 ISBN13 9781929490219
Reviews - What do customers think about Tour of Homes?
On the road to Tour of Homes Jan 2, 2005
I picked up an autographed copy of this first novel by the author of various other books. It's been quite a while since I read a whole adult book, fiction or nonfiction. I'm an elementary school librarian and deal with challenging material daily in a brave new world for young people, esp. in a public school setting. I've had to wait for a trip out of town to have the time to read this captivating work by Savannah's guru of the homeless. I keep reading and rereading the first few chapters, so my review and rating is based on only a portion of this book. But Elliott's writing makes me smile even as I write this. As a resident of Savannah for the past 15 years, and an activist parent against the political lunacy exhibited by various members of the public school and library boards, the outgoing county commission chair and a former mayor, I love this book. It is the first real taste in book form of the Savannah I have to come to love and hate and is bound to be a hit movie, if handled properly. The racial, religious and economic class systems, the drug culture, and the altruistic rebels that are all a part of Savannah's worst and best of every year are here to savor, digest and forever be stuck in your mind and heart. If it sounds like a wonderful meal, well, The Breakfast Club, on the author's Tybee Island, 17 miles east of downtown Savannah, is forever a sensory memory associated with this pageturner. It's where I bought and began reading my first copy as I consumed an indescribably delicious Mediterranean omelet and pecan waffle. I'll let you know later this year if the rest of the book holds up to the beginning. I can tell you the bottom line mentality in healthcare delivery that the author so vividly describes was something I was all too familiar with well before I moved to Savannah, GA.