The Pittsburgh toilet. Squeaky cheese. City chicken. Shampoo Banana. Chevy in the Hole. Find out what they mean in author Edward McClelland’s upcoming book on Midwestern speech and sayings.

“How To Speak Midwestern,” Out December 1

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“Engagingly written….McClelland's book reminds us of what has transpired in the heart of the country over the past 30 years and of the battering endured by hundreds of thousands of working-class families as global corporatism and federal trade policies gutted the American middle class.”

Los Angeles Times

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“Captures a slice of North Americana with the precision of a Walker Evans photograph, and sentences worthy of John McPhee.”

Neal Pollack, author, Alternadad

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“With Young Mr. Obama, Edward McClelland finishes what The Bridge started, showing how Obama navigated Chicago political life, which can be as rough as a Blackhawks game … Young Mr. Obama makes for insightful, enlightening reading.”

Christian Science Monitor

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"Immensely readable account, by a brutally honest writer ... a gambler’s book that is well worth a punt."

The Racing Post

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    Published Articles


    Inequality leads to authoritarianism

    Why Trump is acting like “a generalissimo with a giant brass eagle on his hat”

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    My day with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton

    Two Iowa rallies explain why Hillary may be about to blow a sure thing

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    Here’s what your foreign cars have done to Michigan

    It matters to all of us what happens to the economy of the upper Midwest

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    Undercover Advocates

    One couple’s pursuit of humane treatment of horses

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    Reader’s Corner: Malcolm X St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing, Michigan

    Streets named for black leaders reflect Lansing’s tradition of integration

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    The Christian Right’s shocking conquest

    Why religious moderates have disappeared from America

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    Edward McClelland

    Edward McClelland is a native of Lansing, Mich., which is also the birthplace of Burt Reynolds and the Oldsmobile.

    Ted’s most recent book, Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland, released in 2013 by Bloomsbury Press, is a history of the Rust Belt, inspired by seeing the Fisher Body plant across the street from his old high school torn down.

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