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‘My Suffolk Downs,’ A Look At Life On The Backside

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Photo courtesy of Melissa Shook, from her collection of poems and photographs titled "My Suffolk Downs"Photo courtesy of Melissa Shook, from her collection of poems and photographs titled "My Suffolk Downs"Photo courtesy of Melissa Shook, from her collection of poems and photographs titled "My Suffolk Downs"Photo courtesy of Melissa Shook, from her collection of poems and photographs titled "My Suffolk Downs"Photo courtesy of Melissa Shook, from her collection of poems and photographs titled "My Suffolk Downs"

Writer and photographer Melissa Shook has been hanging around Suffolk Downs since she moved to Boston in the 1970s. The thoroughbred race track in East Boston first opened in 1935 and is staffed by hundreds of migrant workers whose lives are largely hidden on the “backside” — the stables and barns that lie behind the track.

Shook’s new book of photographs and poems, “My Suffolk Downs,” offers an intimate look at life on the backside and the people who keep the horses at Suffolk Downs running.

Guest:

  • Melissa Shook, author and photographer

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