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In 1922, The Nation launched a series of forty nine articles by a distinguished group of writersnovelists, journalists, educators, social workers, lawyers, unionists, and maverick intellectualseach of whom was asked to contemplate his or her state of the union Their essays were collected and published in a volume These United States Portrait of America from the 1920s In 2002 Nation Books set out to create a contemporary portrait of America with the critic John Leonard as editor Each contributor was asked to write 2,500 words on his or her state in the union Every state will be represented, as well as New York City, Long Island, and Northern and Southern California The results of this ambitious project are now being published together for the first time Taken as a whole these essays form less a symposium than a remarkably evocative crazy quilt of styles that reveal the many moods, apprehensions, complexities, and contradictions held within these United States Some of the 115 confirmed contributors include Charles Bowden, Arizona Ana Castillo, Illinois Jim Harrison, Michigan Luc Sante, New Jersey Tony Hillerman, New Mexico Sherman Alexie, Washington and Annie Proulx, Wyoming....

Title : These United States: Original Essays by Leading American Writers on Their State Within the Union (Nation Books)
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ISBN : 1560252855
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Nation Books 1st Edition edition October 7, 2003
Number of Pages : 424 pages
File Size : 879 KB
Status : Available For Download
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These United States: Original Essays by Leading American Writers on Their State Within the Union (Nation Books) Reviews

  • Patricia Kramer
    2019-04-27 01:09

    After reading this book, it is clear that each state is truly unique from who settled there and why and how the current populace thinks and works together. Almost every author took a clear eyed view of the problems in the state and most if not all portrayed the continuing issue of racism and wrestled with why it persists. I appreciated the authors' straightforward assessment of the state of their states, and their discussions of what keeps them there or what keeps drawing them back.

  • greg flakus
    2019-04-23 22:05

    If you want to read about what is the pulse of things in all fifty states in 2003, this book is great...fifty writers, each based in the state they write about share a piece about their state...it is agreat read and a very good idea.