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State by State : A Panoramic Portrait of America - Matt Weiland

State by State

A Panoramic Portrait of America

By: Matt Weiland (Editor), Sean Wilsey (Editor)

eBook | 15 December 2023

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Inspired by Depression-era travel guides, an anthology of essays on each of the fifty states, plus Washington, D.C., by some of America's finest writers.

State by State is a panoramic portrait of America and an appreciation of all fifty states (and Washington, D.C.) by fifty-one of the most acclaimed writers in the nation.

  • Anthony Bourdain chases the fumigation truck in Bergen County, New Jersey
  • Dave Eggers tells it straight: Illinois is Number 1
  • Louise Erdrich loses her bikini top in North Dakota
  • Jonathan Franzen gets waylaid by New York's publicist . . . and personal attorney . . . and historian . . . and geologist
  • John Hodgman explains why there is no such thing as a "Massachusettsean"
  • Edward P. Jones makes the case: D.C. should be a state!
  • Jhumpa Lahiri declares her reckless love for the Rhode Island coast
  • Rich Moody explores the dark heart of Connecticut's Merritt Parkway, exit by exit
  • Ann Patchett makes a pilgrimage to the Civil War site at Shiloh, Tennessee
  • William T. Vollman visits a San Francisco S&M club
  • And many more

Praise for State by State

An NPR Best Book of the Year

"The full plumage of American life, in all its riotous glory." —The New Yorker

"Odds are, you'll fall for every state a little." —Los Angeles Times

Industry Reviews
"[State by State] is a funny, moving, rousing collection, greater than the sum of its excellent parts, a convention of literary superdelegates, each one boisterously nominating his or her piece of the Republic."
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