The Boys in the Bunkhouse:
Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland
With this Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives.
Early rave reviews…
“Dan Barry gives dignity even to the darkest corners of the American experience. He is the closest thing we have to a contemporary Steinbeck.” – Colum McCann, author of the National Book Award-winning Let the Great World Spin
“Expose of a moral catastrophe” and “a vital piece of reporting. A powerful story.” – The New York Times
“Dan Barry has achieved the remarkable. He has written an unforgettable story of degradation, suffering, and eventual triumph rendered in a velvet style that blends poetry with colloquialism.” – The Providence Journal
“The prose itself is at times luminous; hard-hitting journalism shot through with flourishes of the best literary nonfiction…” –Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Gently, empathetically, and indelibly, Barry conveys a tale of unthinkable brutality” – Kirkus (starred review)
“Eloquently and lamentably laid out…clearly and engagingly explains the problems and constructs the arc of evolving public understanding of mental disabilities over that 30-year period.” – Kansas City Star
“Dan Barry represents the magic that is possible in journalism when there is a convergence between a great story and great talent.” – Gay Talese
Listen to Dan Barry and Colum McCann discuss The Boys in the Bunkhouse in this Times Insider Podcast
Dan Barry in conversation with National Book Award Winner Colum McCann about the power of storytelling and The Boys in the Bunkhouse at NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House on June 2nd.
In a Newsweek feature about Dan Barry and The Boys in the Bunkhouse, Alexander Nazaryan calls the book “a pleasure to read. The Boys in the Bunkhouse is not just a book about the victims but also a book that turns those victims into real men.” Here’s the full story.
Check out this ProPublica podcast, Horror on the Prairie: Hard Labor and Harsh Treatment for Group of Disabled Men in Iowa. Joaquin Sapien talks with Dan Barry about the The Boys in the Bunkhouse.
For A Step In The Write Direction website, Dan shares an early story he wrote about a man with intellectual disability. The supposed connection between a custodian in his college dorm and a Hollywood goddess sent him on a path that opened his eyes to the “otherness” that society imposes on people with intellectual disability, a la “The Boys in the Bunkhouse.”
In this Texas Public Radio interview, Dan Barry discusses the writing of The Boys in the Bunkhouse. Hear the interview.
The New York Times reporter and columnist Dan Barry won the 2015 Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest top prize for “The Boys in the Bunkhouse,” published in the Times in March 2014. Full Story
Dan Barry’s powerful essay “Just One Last Swirl Around the Bowl” takes us on a deep emotional journey. The essay is narrated by Jason Alexander.
Dan Barry introduces the 1934 film “It Happened One Night” at the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC on Friday, June 24th. Find out more…
Dan Barry will speak at an Amos Fortune Forum in Jaffrey, New Hampshire on Friday, July 22 at 8 pm. For more information…
Check out Dan Barry Delivering the Commencement Address at St. Bonaventure University
The Lost Art of Duckpin Bowling
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The world’s best female duckpin bowler holds so many bowling records that she has lost count, but her game-day shirt features a star for each of her tournament wins — a sartorial requirement of the Women’s National Duckpin Association. With 19 stars so far, her polyester constellation is running out of sky.