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Some parts of the USA are different from yours
on October 17, 2015
"The Nine Nations of North America" came out in 1981. Now, thirty-four years later, it's very close to being as timely as when it was written. Over several years, the author criss-crossed the USA, talking to people, doing research, and getting a real feel for how the various regions of the country operate, what they consider important, and how they get along with the rest of the country.
He's used a combination of well-known regional names – Dixie, New England, Mexamerica, Quebec – and some more fanciful, evocative ones – the Empty Quarter (mountains and mining), Ecotopia (the West Coast, where environmentalism is huge), the Breadbasket (vast fields of corn and wheat), the Foundry (the industrial East), and the Islands (Miami and further south). Garreau's lively prose, combined with touches of wicked humor, is aptly described by the Detroit Free Press: "Could serve as a socio-political text book if it weren't so much fun to read." Dave Hickey, in the Texas Observer, wrote, "Home, in the twentieth century, is less where your heart is, than where you understand the sons-of-bitches."
No matter where in America you're from, you'll recognize your family and friends in these chapters. I've re-read this book several times over the years. I purchased this one as a gift for my brother.