Best Summer Read and it’s not even summer yet.

There are very few journalists who understand that the ONLY way to get a story right is go out and meet the people you’re writing about. Salena Zito gets it right.

Salena refers to herself as a Yinzer, a term used to describe locals from Pittsburgh, her home town. She uses the term proudly, but I’ve heard others use it derogatorily.

Salena and her co-author have written what I would call the DEFINITIVE book on the coalition that brought Trump across as the finish line in 2016. She hit the roads across small town USA to see what people were thinking and what people were saying.

It’s not a political book per se but because it deals with the results of the 2016 election, and the people across America who made that happen, it’s political in that sense. Salena’s personal political opinions are not made known in these pages, all the better IMHO, as her goal is to get the reader to understand how real folks made decisions on how to vote.

She is on a book publicity tour now and you might see her on TV. Stop and listen because she has her ear on the pulse of America. Her take on the most recent midterms, West Virginia specifically, is spot on. The media was OBSESSED with Blankenship. She, and the sane among us, understood the score.

I polished the book off in two days. I give it an A+, even if politics isn’t your thing. This is more a book about people.

Gorgeous sunny day, albeit a bit brisk. Looks like rain for the weekend and Mother’s Day. We have a casual BBQ planned. Could be an indoor gathering if Mother Nature has her way.

Happy Friday.

10 thoughts on “Best Summer Read and it’s not even summer yet.

  1. Yinzers are from more than Western PA, but that is their traditional home. It kills me to hear my Harrisburg cousins, who are all school teachers, say “yinz”

    1. I was hoping you’d respond because I know that’s your neck of the woods and I figured you’d heard the term yinz and yinzer. It was new to me until I started following Salena on Twitter, way before her book even. She often made reference to that word.

  2. I’ve read excerpts from this book, and now that you’ve recommended it I’m going to buy it.

    Ya know, it’s interesting. I grew up in Rye and have lived what I suppose most would think is a pretty privileged life. Yet I’ve always, always felt emotionally aligned with middle America. Everyday folks. What I’ve honestly come to consider, “real” Americans.

    I do not understand and cannot abide the elitism that has surrounded me wherever I’ve lived (NY, Boston, CT).

    Maybe I was a coal miner in a past life. For sure I am a fish out of water in liberal CTland.

    And fwiw, I love Trump even more now than when I voted for him 🇺🇸

    1. Now that cements things- you are my sister. I grew up privileged too but when I’d spend time with my grandparents in Cleveland, I felt right at home. Their Polish neighbors. The Italian summer festivals. The regular everyday folk. To this day when I’m in Cleveland, and equally in Iowa with my dear friends there, I feel truly at home. I know exactly what you are saying.

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