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Chuck Thompson—dubbed "savagely funny" by The New York Times and "wickedly entertaining" by the San Francisco Chronicle—spent two years traveling the American South to determine whether, as he’d long suspected but not yet proven, the whole country might be better off letting Dixieland make good on its two-hundred-years-old threat to secede. The result is a long overdue and serious inquiry into national divides that is deliberately provocative and uproariously funny while making a compelling case for "a kind of no-fault divorce for nation-states: no hard feelings, just two adults who can’t quite make the relationship work, shaking hands and walking away" (The Oxford American).

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Totally worth a weekend on the couch
July 14th, 2013
It may offend some of you, of that I have no doubt. Oddly enough, the author sets up his argument, but fails to draw a conclusion (or maybe thats just the lawyer in me who loves a closing argument). Notwithstanding, what makes it worth reading is the author's mastery of prose. I think like he does. My internal monologue is one and the same. Just wish I could write like him.
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