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State by State

A Panoramic Portrait of America

by Sean Wilsey, Matt Weiland

State by State
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    Sep 2008, 608 pages
    Oct 2009, 608 pages

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50 writers on 50 states - a quirky, literary road trip through the USA

18 members reviewed State by State, all of them rating it 4 or 5 stars! It's clear this one is a winner, and reader Darra W. tells us why:

E Pluribus Unum...and How!
If you've ever wondered about the 21st-century relevance of our national motto - Out of Many, One - wonder no more. This fascinating collection of 50 essays, one per state, each penned by a different writer, is a tour de force of letters and lore, affirming both the rugged individuality and the common threads that personify the American Experience. Each narrative opens with a mini-almanac of state facts; the compendium is enhanced with appendices of relevant tables and a signature of photos, the latter provided by the individual authors.

The essays are eclectic in content and style. The iconic Merritt Parkway surfaces as central metaphor in the mini-memoir penned by Connecticut native son, Rick Moody. John Hodgman's...

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