Nanabozho. Paul Bunyan. Joe Magerac. Rosie the Riveter. A history of the region as told through its folklore, music, and legends, this is a book every Midwestern family should own.

“Folktales and Legends of the Middle West,” Out June 15

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“How To Speak Midwestern is a fascinating read, whether you hail from WOWOland, the UP, Cereal City, or Baja Minnesota.”


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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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    The Christian Right’s shocking conquest

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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, How to Speak Midwestern, is a guide to the speech and sayings of Middle America, which The New York Times called “a dictionary wrapped in some serious dialectology inside a gift book trailing a serious whiff of Relevance.”

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