Winner of the Ohioana Library’s 2008 Ohio Legacy Citation
2014-2015 Choose to Read Ohio selection
“A good 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.
Contributors include: Jill Bialosky, Dan Cryer, Michael Dirda, Elizabeth Dodd, Anthony Doerr, Rita Dove, Ian Frazier, Dale Keiger, Andrea Louie, Kathleen Dean Moore, Mary Oliver, Susan Orlean, P. J. O’Rourke, Julie Salamon, Scott Russell Sanders, Alix Kates Shulman, Jeffery Smith, James Toedtman, and Mark Winegardner.
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About the Author
Ohio native Lisa Watts is an editor and writer who raised her family in a small Ohio town for ten years.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Goofy Ohio Stories and Other Sweet Things R. L. Stine xi
Introduction: Looking for Roots Lisa Watts xv
Fathers in the Snow, and Other Selected Poems 3
Sweet Lorain 13
Grace Notes 21
Pool Buddy 31
Why It's Good to Come from Nowhere 37
The Known to Which I Return 47
Preacher's Kid 57
Out of Ohio 69
Two Towns, Arguing 85
This Is the Place 93
Heroes and Tree Huts 105
In Fields and Woods
In Such a Homecoming 127
We Are Mapmakers 143
The Mere Breath of Sheep 149
Geese and Crows 161
After the Flood 177
Salamanders and Sycamores: A Natural History 189
Afterword: Toward a Literature of the Midwest Mark Winegardner 197