“Entertaining, informative, appealing, charming, and a thoroughly compelling read from first page to last.”

Midwest Book Review

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

Chicagoist

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“Raw and vibrant, Nothin' But Blue Skies sings the Rust Belt blues.”

Richard C. Longworth, author of Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism

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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 of Alternadad

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“A fine survey of how local Chicago politics shaped Obama.”

Midwest Book Review

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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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    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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