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State by State

A Panoramic Portrait of America
(Book - 2008)
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The editors of The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup collects original writings on all fifty states by leading novelists, journalists, and essayists, in a volume that includes such examples as Anthony Bourdain on New Jersey, Dave Eggers on Illinois, and Louise Erdrich on North Dakota.
Title: State by state
a panoramic portrait of America
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: xxxi, 572 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), map ;,24 cm.
Notes: Map on endpapers.
Contents: Preface / by Matt Weiland
Introduction / by Sean Wilsey
Alabama / by George Packer
Alaska / by Paul Greenberg
Arizona / 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 Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
Tennessee / by Ann Patchett
Texas / by Christina Henríquez
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
Afterword: Washington, D.C. / a conversation with Edward P. Jones
The 50 states in numbers.
Summary: The editors of The Thinking Fan's Guide to the World Cup collects original writings on all fifty states by leading novelists, journalists, and essayists, in a volume that includes such examples as Anthony Bourdain on New Jersey, Dave Eggers on Illinois, and Louise Erdrich on North Dakota.
Additional Contributors: Wilsey, Sean
Weiland, Matt
ISBN: 9780061470905
0061470902
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Matt Weiland & Sean Wilsey
Subject Headings: United States History. U.S. states History.
Topical Term: U.S. states
LCCN: 2008300642
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Nov 13, 2010
  • andro517 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I thought this was one of the best anthologies I've come across. Some collections of essays/short stories might seem to jump around too much, so that in retrospect one might jumble up details or moods from each source. The 50 essays herein (plus one interview and a couple dozen tables), are sufficiently bound together by the theme of describing something(s) unique about each state that each author can go in his or her own direction with it. So there is wide variation in the balance each gives to historical, current-event or personal narrative elements. The authors might have lived in their state all their lives, grown up and moved away, immigrated there, or only visited in order to write the essay. They are a nicely diverse group, some a little more famous than others, and mostly seem to have Gen-X, This American Life-ish writing styles. Despite coming in at over 500 pages, the book never seems to drag.

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