Good Roots

Good Roots

Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio

By Lisa Watts (Editor); R. L. Stine (Foreword by); Mark Winegardner (Afterword by)

Ohio University Press, Paperback, 9780821417294, 201pp.

Publication Date: January 2007

Winner of the Ohioana Library's 2008 Ohio Legacy Citation 2014-2015 Choose to Read Ohio selection

A good place to be from. That's how some people might characterize the Buckeye State. The writings in Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio, are testimony to the truth of that statement. By prominent writers such as P. J. O Rourke, SusanOrlean, and Alix Kates Shulman, these contributions are alternately nostalgic, irreverent, and sincere, and offer us a personal sense of place. Their childhoodsare as varied as their work. Some were raised in urban Cleveland, Akron, and Cincinnati, others in the small Ohio towns that typify the Midwest, and still others in the countryside. Yet what they have to tell us about their roots resonates with a shared heritage, a sense of what is universal and enduring about growing up in the heartland.Their collective resume reads like a literary Who's Who, including four Pulitzer Prizes, several National Book Awards, and many prestigious fellowships.Good Roots is also plain good reading from some of our country's most accomplished contemporary writers.

About the Author

Before R. L. Stine made his name as the Stephen King of children's literature, he was the author of humorous fiction and an editor of "Bananas" magazine. He is the bestselling author of more than three hundred books, including the phenomenally bestselling Goosebumps series. "It's the First Day of School . . . Forever!" was Stine's first book with Feiwel and Friends.

Mark Winegardner received a master of fine arts degree in fiction writing from George Mason University and published his first book at age twenty-six, while still in graduate school. His books have been chosen as among the best of the year by "The New York Times Book Review," "Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today," and the New York Public Library. His work has appeared in various publications including "GQ, Playboy, Family Circle, American Short Fiction, Ladies' Home Journal, Parents," and "The New York Times Magazine," Several of his stories have been chosen as Distinguished Stories of the Year in The Best American Short Stories. He has also served as a board member of the Associated Writing Programs. He is now a professor and director of the creative writing program at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.