The following is taken directly from an email from Ryan Bernsten to NFLS:
"My name is Ryan Bernsten and I'm a Midwest-based writer. My upcoming book 50 States of Mind: A Journey to Rediscover American Democracy, which I wrote as a grad student at University of Oxford, is being released by the London-based publisher Bite-Sized Books on June 20th (US Hardcover) and March 28th in the UK. This book is a nonfiction account of my travels across all 50 states to meet people from different walks of life/political persuasions and is a modern take on Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. I grew up in Madison – I visited Racine, Marinette, Appleton, and Green Bay on my journey and would love to return to Wisconsin for an event with your library in 2023.
Here's some information about the book, a press release, and a press kit is (available below):
Full title: 50 States of Mind: A Journey to Rediscover American Democracy
Author name: Ryan Bernsten
Publisher/Imprint: Bite-Sized Books Ltd, UK
Pub date: June 20th, American Hardcover Edition; March 28th, UK Trade Paperback
Page count: 246
Price: $25.99 / £11.99
Bite-Sized Books Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-7393107-6-9
Bite-Sized Books Paperback ISBN: 978-1-7393107-4-5
eBook ISBN: 978-1-7393107-0-7
Audiobook ISBN: 978-1-7393107-5-2
Here's a more thorough description of the book and author bio:
Is America as divided as it seems? Oxford University graduate student Ryan Bernsten takes a 23,000-mile journey through all 50 states of his home country to answer that question.
50 States of Mind: A Journey to Rediscover American Democracy is a work of travel nonfiction in the style of Alexis de Tocqueville that takes readers on a long and winding journey through all 50 states to explore the complexities of today’s America. Leading with the desire to listen and overcome preconceived notions, Bernsten ultimately offers a hopeful vision for the future of America as he embarks on a search for meaning and reflects on what it means to be American. The companion podcast 50 States of Mind, featured in Condé Nast Traveler, showcases live interviews from the journey and is available on all podcast platforms.
Advanced praise for 50 States of Mind:
“If you are sadly convinced that our country is hopelessly divided along political and cultural lines, then I strongly urge you to read the book that is guaranteed to give you hope. Ryan Bernsten takes us on a journey to listen to the voices of Americans you are unlikely to have met. For his Graduate Thesis from Oxford University, Ryan chose to set off on a journey to fifty states and have real conversations about life and politics with real people. He shares these in his surprising book, ‘50 States of Mind: A Journey to Rediscover American Democracy’. While talking to folks in big, medium, and tiny towns, he quickly dumped all preconceptions and stereotypes. Ryan says he is ‘no Mr. Rogers’, but he has been in enough neighborhoods to see ‘the goodness of people.’ He thinks it would be wise to broaden your travel choices. Get some hints from his book.” - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
Bio: Ryan Bernsten is a graduate of Northwestern University and Oxford's Creative Writing Master's program. He has written for The Oxford Political Review, USA Today, The Infatuation, and The Trevor Project, where he is the Senior Managing Editor. Ryan is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been performed across the US and UK. ryanbernsten.com
If you'd like to hear me talk about the project, I've appeared on Kansas City NPR, Sanity, Two Broads Talking Politics and I have my own 50 States of Mind podcast. I will also be doing a launch event with American Public Square in April of 2023. I already have a tour planned in late July through New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts, and would love to add Wisconsin to the calendar.
Let me know if we can discuss this further!
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