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Northern Irish writer Gareth Higgins was ready for a change when he left his homeland to follow the noble Irish tradition of emigrating to America. Unexpected challenges led him to suspect the American Dream may not be all it seems. So Higgins decided to learn more about America—its myths, strengths, and whether popular prejudice against the US is justified. Cinematic States examines the big country through the big screen, exploring iconic films from each of the fifty states as a way to journey through the American dreamlife. In his search for a place to call home, he discovers a surprising gift: the invitation to stop worrying and love America. 

Advance Praise for Cinematic States:

This is really wonderful stuff. Thoughtful and unique and insightful and funny. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read, and it took me back to my childhood. The book creates SO MUCH good will by reminding us why we love movies . . .

—Scott Teems, director of That Evening Sun

Gareth Higgins [has written] a truly original and brilliant book. . . Higgins shows us America in the language we understand best—the movies—with a witty sympathy for his subject that cuts America (and all humans) some forgiving slack. Higgins lets us (as he puts it) “kneel at the altar of the white screen and insist that it answer . . . life’s questions” alongside him.

—Frank Schaeffer, New York Times best-selling author of Crazy for God and Sex, Mom, and God

To paraphrase Tennessee Williams, with Cinematic States Gareth Higgins is the opposite of the autobiographer, who gives you personal history that has the appearance of critical and political analysis. Gareth gives you art and political criticism in the pleasant disguise of autobiography. 

—Monte Hellman, director of Two-Lane Blacktop and Cockfighter

A great book . . . Leaves you wanting to visit or revisit each movie and each place: personal yet universal, funny yet bittersweet. Let's give it that ultimate critical cliche - here, rarely, fully deserved: it'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry.

—Nev Pierce, editor-at-large, Empire Magazine

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 07 August, 2013.