Hidden America

  • by Jeanne Marie Laskas
  • Narrated by Jamie Heinlein
  • 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Five hundred feet underground, Jeanne Marie Laskas asked a coal miner named Smitty, “Do you think it’s weird that people know so little about you?” He replied, “I don’t think people know too much about the way the whole damn country works.”
Hidden America intends to fix that. Like John McPhee and Susan Orlean, Laskas dives deep into her subjects and emerges with character-driven narratives that are gripping, funny, and revelatory. In Hidden America, the stories are about the people who make our lives run every day—and yet we barely think of them.
Laskas spent weeks in an Ohio coal mine and on an Alaskan oil rig; in a Maine migrant labor camp, a Texas beef ranch, the air traffic control tower at New York’s LaGuardia Airport,a California landfill, an Arizona gun shop, the cab of a long-haul truck in Iowa, and the stadium of the Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleaders. Cheerleaders? Yes. They, too, are part of hidden America, and you will be amazed by what Laskas tells you about them: hidden no longer.


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Customer Reviews

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Love it... Love her... Check out everything!!!

Would you listen to Hidden America again? Why?

Yes, already have listened to it twice now.

What other book might you compare Hidden America to and why?

50 acres and a poodle.

What does Jamie Heinlein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Intonation and personalization.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved when she worked at the gun store, and in seeing how her view points changed. I loved how she described it so much that I actually stopped and wrote it down... Shooting a gun is like one big gorgeous sneeze. I love it. So true.

Any additional comments?

I want to see more by this author. I read 50 acres and a poodle in college and have been looking for it on audio ever since. JML is a great and fantastic author who puts heart and mind and soul (and a healthy, healthy dose of humor) into her stories and writings. You simply cannot have too many of her books to offer.

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- Kari Homan

The elegance of everyday people

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hidden America?

Loved it all--particularly moving to hear the end of the Alaska story

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

The author does a wonderful job of honestly telling the stories of regular people doing extraordinary job

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-13-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio