THE HAPPINESS MACHINE.

TheHappinessMachine[Book: Jay Ducharme – 2013 – 22x28cm – 64 Pages – Many colour photos]. In 1988, Holyoke (Massachusetts) was a once thriving city coping with recession. Making it worse was the loss of Mountain Park, the city’s beloved amusement park. From these seemingly grim circumstances, a resident named John Hickey decided it was time to turn those circumstances around by saving the park’s vintage merry-go-round. This is the inspiring true story of a community’s unprecedented effort to rescue the carousel and move it into the city’s downtown – thus saving a part of their history. Chapter Points: Prelude; The Stranger on the Midway; The Brass Ring; Gearing Up; Out of the Gate; Rounding the Turn; The Home Stretch; The Rose Garland; Postlude. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.