How to Speak Midwestern


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$16.95  $15.59
Belt Publishing
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4.9 X 0.6 X 7.2 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Edward McClelland is a journalist. His writing has appeared in publications such as the Columbia Journalism Review, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Salon. He is the author of Nothin' But Blue Skies and Young Mr. Obama. He lives in Chicago.


"A dictionary wrapped in some serious dialectology inside a gift book trailing a serious whiff of Relevance." --The New York Times
"An amusing glossary to the lingo of the [Midwest's] more industrial states." --Washington Post
"McClelland leavens his writing with pop-culture references ... and touches of humor." --Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"There is scholarship [in How to Speak Midwestern], a deep understanding of grammar and ethnic history, as he traces certain speech patterns down to a single city. But McClelland, a Michigan native, also has a voice, opinions and a few punchlines." --Star Tribune
"How to Speak Midwestern is a fascinating read, whether you hail from WOWOland, the UP, Cereal City, or Baja Minnesota." --Chicagoist
"A delightful romp through the dialects and vocabulary of the region." --Lansing City Pulse
"In his delightful new book, Edward McClelland argues that the dialect of the Midwest is one of the country's most linguistically significant ... [How to Speak Midwestern is] a long-overdue study of the middle-American vernacular, and how that vernacular informs our identity. At its heaviest, the book is a socio-economic treatise worthy of a university library; at its lightest, it's a regionally specific Urban Dictionary." --Inside Hook