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States of Mind: A Personal Journey Through the Mid-Atlantic Jonathan Yardley

States of Mind: A Personal Journey Through the Mid-Atlantic

Jonathan Yardley

Published March 16th 1993
ISBN : 9780394589114
289 pages
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 About the Book 

Alone among the principal regions of the United States, the Mid-Atlantic suffers from an identity problem. Think of the South and you think at once of grits, the Civil War, and magnolias. The same applies to the Northeast (Boston baked beans, town meetings), the Midwest (the Mississippi River, corn as high as an elephants eye), and West (John Wayne, hot tubs). But think of the Mid-Atlantic and youre likely to draw a blank. Is that fair? Does the Mid-Atlantic really possess no singular qualities? After all, its the site of the nations capital and of seven substantial states, each of which has its own history, geography, and culture. Doesnt this region have its own characteristics and quirks, ones that are distinctly and uniquely Mid-Atlantic in flavor? Thats the question Jonathan Yardley, Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic, columnist, and native of the Mid-Atlantic, sets out to answer. In States of Mind he paints a new and surprising portrait of this previously unrecognized region, bringing out the true colors of these states in the middle, revealing their charms, their flaws, and their personalities. Starting in his adopted hometown of Baltimore, Yardley drives his high-performance all-American automobile to and through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., a journey that enables him to capture - in the distinctive style that has made him one of the most respected newspaper writers in the country today - the essence of the Mid-Atlantic, a microcosm of the nation itself. During his travels he says farewell to Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and hello to its celebrated successor, Oriole Park at Camden Yards- visits Frank Lloyd Wrights house, Fallingwater, in the Laurel Mountains of Pennsylvania- attends a reunion at his beloved alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill- gives a comparison test to the regions most famous mountain resorts, the Homestead Inn in Virginia, a