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Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in…

Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio

by Lisa Watts (Editor), Jill Bialosky (Contributor), Dan Cryer (Contributor), Michael Dirda (Contributor), Elizabeth Dodd (Contributor)15 more, Anthony Doerr (Contributor), Rita Dove (Contributor), Ian Frazier (Contributor), Dale Keiger (Contributor), Andrea Louie (Contributor), Kathleen Dean Moore (Contributor), P. J. O'Rourke (Contributor), Mary Oliver (Contributor), Susan Orlean (Contributor), Julie Salamon (Contributor), Scott Russell Sanders (Contributor), Alix Kates Shulman (Contributor), Jeffery Smith (Contributor), James Toedtman (Contributor), Mark Winegardner (Contributor)

Other authors: R. L. Stine (Foreword), Mark Winegardner (Afterword)

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Essays on Ohio by writers who grew up in Ohio, including a forward by R.L. Stine and contributions by Jill Bialosky, Michael Dirda, Rita Dove, Susan Orlean, P.J. O'Rourke, Alix Kates Shulman, Dan Cryer, Ian Frazier, Dale Krieger, Julie Salamon, James Toedtman, Mark Winegardner, Elizabeth Dodd, Anthony Doerr, Andrea Louie, Kathleen Dean Moore, Mary Oliver, Scott Russell Sanders, and Jeffrey Smith. I had not heard of many of these authors/poets before reading this book, but have been inspired to check a few out based on their pieces. Some of the essays are humorous, others more serious, but overall a nice mix of the two. I especially enjoyed the pieces by Dirda, O'Rourke and Winegardner. I think everyone would enjoy the reflections on growing up in the Ohio, even non-Ohians. A great read! ( )
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Stine, R. L.Forewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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“Agood place to be from.” That’s how some people might characterize the Buckeye State. The writings in Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio, are testimony to the truth of that statement. By prominent writers such as P. J. O’Rourke, Susan Orlean, and Alix Kates Shulman, these contributions are alternately nostalgic, irreverent, and sincere, and offer us a personal sense of place. Their childhoods are as varied as their work. Some were raised in urban Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati, others in the small Ohio towns that typify the Midwest, and still others in the countryside. Yet what they have to tell us about their roots resonates with a shared heritage, a sense of what is universal and enduring about growing up in the heartland. Their collective résumé reads like a literary Who’s Who, including four Pulitzer Prizes, several National Book Awards, and many prestigious fellowships. Good Roots is also plain good reading from some of our country’s most accomplished contemporary writers.

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