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    By Edward McClelland December 1, 2016 "A dictionary wrapped in some serious dialectology inside a gift book trailing a serious whiff of Relevance." -- New York Times  "A delightful romp through the dialects and vocabulary of the region." --Lansing City Pulse Find out what Midwesterners say as well as how and why they say it. In this book on Midwestern speech and slang. McClelland examines the causes of the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, one of the most significant changes in English pronunciation in a thousand years. It explains why the accents in Fargo miss the nasality that’s a hallmark of Minnesota speech, and why Chicagoans talk more like people from Buffalo than their next-door neighbors in Wisconsin. For outsiders, McClelland includes helpful chapters such as “‘Well, That’s Different’: How to Passive-Aggressively Criticize People, Places and Things.” Includes extensive glossaries of Midwestern sayings. Edward McClelland is the author of Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President and Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland. .
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    “Absolutely one of the best books about Buffalo ever created. …It offers readers the soul of a secretly and exquisitely soulful city and it offers them generously and often brilliantly.”–Jeff Simon, Buffalo News   Buffalo is buzzing. Stroll down Canalside. Count the cranes downtown. Savor the fusion flavors of our restaurants. Hike our hills, jam in our music scene, marvel at our architecture, homes and parks. Our newness is electrifying and sits atop a glorious history of power, disappointment, artistic flair, racial injustice and spicy chicken wings – and we have Niagara Falls in our backyard. Buffalo is a magical place to be and Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology walks you through the decades through the eyes of more than 65 artists, writers and residents and will remind you what you love and loathe about this city and why you call it home. Edited by Jody K. Biehl with essays by Wolf Blitzer, legendary Bills coach Marv Levy, Goo Goo Dolls bass player Robby Takac, novelist Lauren Belfer, 10,000 Maniacs members John Lombardo and Mary Ramsey and many more. Learn more here.    
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    "26 essays on places ranging from Little Italy to Parma, from Slavic Village to Cleveland Heights, from writers who have biked the paths, had a beer in the corner bars, attended the elementary schools or marched in neighborhood parades....A look at Cleveland with a perspective you'll never see in the New York Times or USA today." The Cleveland Plain Dealer The least practical, most literary guide to the city, The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook includes essays by: Greggor Mattson on Kinsman Amy Hanauer on Shaker Heights Lee Chilcote on Detroit-Shoreway Tom Orange on Brooklyn Centre Benno Martens on North Collinwood Mansfield Frazier on Hough Sally Errico on Lakewood And many more! Plus Editors’ Picks for the city’s best hikes, dive bars, restaurants, places to live and more. Read more about the book here    
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    Order a copy of Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology. Edited by Jacqueline Marino and Will Miller, the book features contributions by Christopher Barzak, Rochelle Hurt, Eric Murphy, Ed O'Neill, Sarah Sepanek, David Skolnick, Sarah Stankorb, C Lee Tressell, Jay Williams, Andrea Wood & 35 others! Read the introduction.
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      "Aaron Foley's book is essential reading for anyone who cares about America's cities and the racial and demographic differences that divide us. Foley delivers truths with humor and honesty."--Celeste Headlee "Aaron Foley possesses a preternatural ability to parse issues of race, class, urbanism, and pop culture in a complex and generous way that avoids tired orthodoxies and knee-jerk justifications but is always on the proper side of social justice." --Vanity Fair Written by Detroit native and Belt regular Aaron Foley. Are you moving to Detroit because your rent is too high? Did you read somewhere that the only thing you needed to buy a house was the change in your couch cushions? Are you totally terrified about living in one of the most crime-plagued cities in the United States? Welcome to Detroit, and welcome to your social guidebook for all of you coastal transplants, wary suburbanites, unwitting gentrifiers, curious onlookers, die-hard natives and everyone in between. With advice on everything from buying and rehabbing a house to not sounding like a completely uninformed racist when you talk to a black person, let us help you avoid falling into the “jackass” trap and become the productive, healthy Detroiter you’ve always wanted to be.   For wholesale orders, media requests and other questions, please email orders@beltmag.com.  
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    "Writers like Stuart Dybek, Studs Terkel, Sandra Cisneros, Nelson Algren and Gwendolyn Brooks start to make up the city’s canon. They are required reading for every Chicagoan. But Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology, the neighborhood cookbook taking the pulse of post-industrial Chicago right now seems like required reading as well."— Emma Terhaar, Third Coast Review "A lively grab bag of essays, fiction and poetry that reads at times like who's who of contemporary Chicago writers/residents."  — Chris Borrelli, Chicago Tribune "One of the best books to come across my desk that I can frankly remember."—Rick Kogan, WGN Radio Chicago is built on a foundation of meat and railroads and steel, but its identity long ago stretched past manufacturing. A city of opportunity from the get-go, it continues to lure new residents from around the world, and from across a region rocked by recession and deindustrialization. But the problems that plague the Belt don’t disappear once you get past Gary. In fact, they’re often amplified. Chicago’s glittering downtown towers stand in sharp contrast to the struggling south and west sides. A city defined by movement that’s the anchor of the Midwest, bound to its neighbors by a shared ecosystem and economy, Chicago’s complicated – both of the Belt and beyond it. Which makes it a perfect subject for a book. 2017 Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology shines a light on the common ground Chicago shares with the Rust Belt through essays, memoir, journalism, fiction, and poetry. Includes work by Chloe Taft, Sonya Huber, Britt Julious, Kari Lydersen, Kevin Coval, Mark Guarino, and many more. Edited by Martha Bayne, Senior Editor, Belt Publishing Cover image by Tony Fitzpatrick, design by Sheila Sachs Order now! ISBN: 978-0-9977743-7-5 For publicity and other questions, please email Anne at anne@beltmag.com  
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    Now in its second edition, with a new introduction by Dave Lucas, Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology collects stories by and for residents of the city Belt calls home – including several new essays previously only available in the e-book edition. Read more about the book here. Featuring essays by Connie Schultz, Mansfield Frazier, David Giffels, Alissa Nutting, David C. Barnett, Jim Rokakis, Sean Decatur, and others.  
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    “The collection of 22 essays is a must-read for anyone who cares about this city.” — Bob Dyer, Akron Beacon Journal The Akron Anthology … brings together the many diverse voices of Akron to paint a colorful image of the city that many of us call home.” — Melanie Anderson, The Devil Strip The Akron Anthology is a collection of essays by Akron writers about life in the Rubber City. Edited by Jason Segedy, with an introduction by David Giffels, the book features contributions that span the breadth of Akron experience past, present, and future. In its pages, State Representative Emilia Sykes tells of seeking her somewhere-over-the-rainbow and finding it back home in Akron. Andrew Poulsen explores the guitar nerd’s Wonka World of EarthQuaker Devices. L.S. Quinn leads readers back into the old downtown hobbit hole of Mr. Bilbo’s bar. Kyle Cochrun pulls us up to the tragic midnight rooftop of the abandoned Atlantic Foundry building. Jeff Shearl takes us backstage at E.J. Thomas Hall. And Jason Segedy gives voice to the Generation X experience of growing up in a postindustrial netherworld and seeing not the end of things, but new beginnings.
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    The Pittsburgh Anthology Edited by Eric Boyd
    With contributions by Robert Gibb, David Newman, Bob Qualters, Amy Jo Burns, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Terrance Hayes and dozens of others. See full Table of Contents and read the introduction.
    Praise for The Pittsburgh Anthology “These voices are varied and quirky, some polished and professional sounding, some a little rough around the edges. But they are uniformly interesting and genuine.” — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette What editor Eric Boyd has chosen to do is temper all of the Most Livable City rah rah with essays, stories and poems of a grittier, more complex nature …Ben Gwin’s beautifully wrought story dealing with heroin and recovery is one of the finest pieces of writing I’ve read all year.” — Pittsburgh Magazine “Characterizing a place can be an elusive project, but The Pittsburgh Anthology is a diverse, surprising, eloquent, playful, scrappy, and tenacious effort to capture one city’s “proud contradictions.” — Ploughshares  
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    "What a treat! Flint may have had tough times, but that history makes for tough people: good neighbors, brave physicians, hard workers, selfless earth scientists, and, as we see here, creators of a vibrant cultural life. The voices in this collection reveal the talent and scope of storytelling in and around the city. These pieces — by teachers and students, journalists and poets, recent arrivals and lifetime residents and homesick émigrés — stand as proof of the determination and optimism of a city that just won’t quit." - Thomas C. Foster, author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor “Thank you Scott Atkinson! This anthology touches every corner of this storied city and her inhabitants. The essays are tough and tender, always surprising.” - literary agent Betsy Lerner Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology (Belt Publishing, 2016) is Flint at its funniest, its weirdest, and its saddest. A collection of essays and personal narratives, the book, edited by Flint writer and Belt contributor Scott Atkinson, captures a confounding, contradictory city, proving that Flint is far more than the common narrative of an industrial town picking itself up after the big company that fed it left, or the site of a devastating public health crisis. Happy Anyway delves into the lives and stories within the city — what it was like to be a child on the east side; how it feels to be a parent today, without clean water; who is able to truly lay claim to being "from Flint;" and what it means to finally leave — or to stay, even when bikes or jewelry or love keep disappearing. Including work from Gordon Young, Jan Worth-Nelson, Connor Coyne, Layla Meillier, Andrew Morton, and many others.      
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    free shipping through September 4! Edited by Aaron Foley   Detroiters need to get to know their neighbors better. Wait — maybe that should be, Detroiters should get to know their neighborhoods better. It seems like everybody thinks they know the neighborhoods, but because there are so many, the definitions become too broad, the characteristics become muddled, the stories become lost. Edited by Aaron Foley, the Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook contains essays by Zoe Villegas, Drew Philip, Hakeem Weatherspoon, Marsha Music, Ian Thibodeau, and dozens others. See the Table of Contents here. Order by August 21 and receive a bonus hand-drawn map of Detroit with your book!