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A debut collection of poetic, linked essays investigating the past and present state of California, its conflicting histories and their impact on a writer's family and life. California has been advertised as a destiny manifested for those ready to pull up their bootstraps and head west across to find wealth on the other side of the Sierra Nevada since the 19th century. Acro A debut collection of poetic, linked essays investigating the past and present state of California, its conflicting histories and their impact on a writer's family and life. California has been advertised as a destiny manifested for those ready to pull up their bootstraps and head west across to find wealth on the other side of the Sierra Nevada since the 19th century. Across the seven essays in the debut collection by José Vadi, we hear from the descendants of those not promised that prize. Inter State explores California through many lenses: an aging obsessed skateboarder; a self-appointed dive bar DJ; a laid-off San Francisco tech worker turned rehired contractor; a grandson of Mexican farmworkers pursuing the crops they tilled. Amidst wildfires, high speed rail, housing crises, unprecedented wealth and its underlying decay, Inter State excavates and roots itself inside those necessary stories and places lost in the ever-changing definitions of a selectively golden state.


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A debut collection of poetic, linked essays investigating the past and present state of California, its conflicting histories and their impact on a writer's family and life. California has been advertised as a destiny manifested for those ready to pull up their bootstraps and head west across to find wealth on the other side of the Sierra Nevada since the 19th century. Acro A debut collection of poetic, linked essays investigating the past and present state of California, its conflicting histories and their impact on a writer's family and life. California has been advertised as a destiny manifested for those ready to pull up their bootstraps and head west across to find wealth on the other side of the Sierra Nevada since the 19th century. Across the seven essays in the debut collection by José Vadi, we hear from the descendants of those not promised that prize. Inter State explores California through many lenses: an aging obsessed skateboarder; a self-appointed dive bar DJ; a laid-off San Francisco tech worker turned rehired contractor; a grandson of Mexican farmworkers pursuing the crops they tilled. Amidst wildfires, high speed rail, housing crises, unprecedented wealth and its underlying decay, Inter State excavates and roots itself inside those necessary stories and places lost in the ever-changing definitions of a selectively golden state.

40 review for Inter State: Essays from California

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    INTER STATE: Essays from California by José Vadi is a great collection! I really enjoyed this book and read it in one day! It was interesting to read about a life and place different from my own. He writes about his family and the changing state of California. I enjoyed all of the essays and my fave was Inter State which discusses his grandfather, who was a migrant farm worker, and going back to the farmland. These essays made me reminisce about my own home as I’ve lived in Vancouver my whole li INTER STATE: Essays from California by José Vadi is a great collection! I really enjoyed this book and read it in one day! It was interesting to read about a life and place different from my own. He writes about his family and the changing state of California. I enjoyed all of the essays and my fave was Inter State which discusses his grandfather, who was a migrant farm worker, and going back to the farmland. These essays made me reminisce about my own home as I’ve lived in Vancouver my whole life and how I’ve seen it change over the years. I’d definitely love to visit California one day! . Thank you to Soft Skull Press for my gifted review copy!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ed Kazyanskaya

    A mixed bag of essays, with the elements focusing on the authors family and personal life vastly superior to those requiring a detailed knowledge of California geography or skateboarding techniques. If you're familiar with the latter two, you may appreciate them far more than I could. A mixed bag of essays, with the elements focusing on the authors family and personal life vastly superior to those requiring a detailed knowledge of California geography or skateboarding techniques. If you're familiar with the latter two, you may appreciate them far more than I could.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    An uneven, meandering collection of essays. Which I get is the point, but a bit too much stream of consciousness for my taste. The last essay/afterward, was the strongest for me. I received an arc from the publisher but all opinions are my own.

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