“Ohio isn’t any more American than any other place, but it is completely so, a unique cross section that maps the persona of the nation in a way that has prompted others to turn here again and again to plumb our collective identity.”
David Giffels’ sixth book Barnstorming Ohio (2020) chronicles his year of traversing the state and meeting with Ohioans to explore our political divisions, as well as our commonalities in the runup to the 2020 presidential election.
Formerly a journalist at the Akron Beacon Journal, Giffels also is the author of the memoirs All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House (2009), The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt (2014), and Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life (2018).
If you enjoyed Barnstorming Ohio, we suggest these Ohio side trips:
- Chuck Klosterman’s Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
- Maggie Smith’s You Could Make this Place Beautiful
- Belt Publishing’s The Akron Anthology