PositiveThe Associated Press... riveting ... The technique of letting the witnesses tell the story does a remarkable job of bringing to life the horrific day in a way that a writer’s narrative would have a hard time matching ... a gripping read — and a reminder of the country at its best while under attack.
Salena Zito, Brad Todd
RaveSt. Louis Post-Dispatch\"People struggling to understand what is happening in American politics would do well to read this fascinating book co-written by one of the first journalists to see what was happening to a key slice of the electorate — the white working class in the upper Midwest. And Salena Zito, who was based in Pittsburgh, had a clear view of what was happening well before the stunning election of 2016. ... The former blue-collar Democrats have gone through some of the most radical change in recent years due to technology, global wage competition and cultural changes.\
PositiveThe Associated PressAnyone who has tried to \'read\' a cookbook will understand that a memoir full of recipes and frequent digressions on topics like the perfect tomato, the benefits of pokeweed and the value of a well-cooked possum will take some patience ... Readers may occasionally be tempted to skip over a recipe to more storytelling about his family and their adventures. But be sure to mark the pages on recipes of interest.The concept of a food memoir can be challenging and probably would not work in the hands of a less skilled storyteller. Those who thumb through cookbooks at length will probably sail through the recipe sections. And Bragg often uses the recipes to launch into another yarn. What he does best is present the memorable characters of his youth in a continuing narrative from one of his books to the next.