State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America

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From the editors of The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup comes an American road trip in book form: original writing on all 50 states by 50 of our finest novelists, journalists, and essayists.

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Inspired by the example of the legendary WPA American Guide series of the 1930s and '40s, now 50 of our foremost writers have produced original pieces of reportage and memoir that capture the 50 states in our time, creating a fresh portrait of America as it lives and breathes today. At turns poignant and funny, and always insightful, these 50 writers tell us something lasting and revealing about each state through personal memory or contemporary reporting that captures the essential qualities that make each state its own. With an array of revealing facts and figures comparing the 50 states in a range of surprising measures (toothlessness, military enlistment, suicide), State by State is more than an anthology: It is a classic American road movie in book form. Featuring original writing on all fifty states: - Alabama by George Packer - Alaska by Paul Greenberg - Arizona by Lydia Millet - Arkansas by Kevin Brockmeier - California by William T. Vollmann - Colorado by Benjamin Kunkel - Connecticut by Rick Moody - Delaware by Craig Taylor - Florida by Joshua Ferris - Georgia by Ha Jin - Hawaii by Tara Bray Smith - Idaho by Anthony Doerr - Illinois by Dave Eggers - Indiana by Susan Choi - Iowa by Dagoberto Gilb - Kansas by Jim Lewis - Kentucky by John Jeremiah Sullivan - Louisiana by Joshua Clark - Maine by Heidi Julavits - Maryland by Myla Goldberg - Massachusetts by John Hodgman - Michigan by Mohammed Naseehu Ali - Minnesota by Philip Connors - Mississippi by Barry Hannah - Missouri by Jacki Lyden - Montana by Sarah Vowell - Nebraska by Alexander Payne - Nevada by Charles Bock - New Hampshire by Will Blythe - New Jersey by Anthony Bourdain - New Mexico by Ellery Washington - New York by Jonathan Franzen - North Carolina by Randall Kenan - North Dakota by Louise Erdrich - Ohio by Susan Orlean - Oklahoma by S.E. Hinton - Oregon by Joe Sacco - Pennsylvania by Andrea Lee - Rhode Island by Jhumpa Lahiri - South Carolina by Jack Hitt - South Dakota by Said Sayrafiezadeh - Tennessee by Ann Patchett - Texas by Cristina HenrÌquez - Utah by David Rakoff - Vermont by Alison Bechdel - Virginia by Tony Horwitz - Washington by Carrie Brownstein - West Virginia by Jayne Anne Phillips - Wisconsin by Daphne Beal - Wyoming by Alexandra Fuller

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Author Matt Weiland / Sean Wilsey (editors)
Publisher Ecco
Page Count 567pp
Publication Size 6 x 9
Publication Notes Softcover
Publication Date September 29, 2009
ISBN 978-0061470912

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