Keeping Private Idaho

Coyote never seems to learn Yet, he never fails to teach, mostly through the error of his ways He taught the Nez Perce that they came from the Heart of the Monster Now, he is teaching modern day Idahoans, they have a monster in their heart This is Private Idaho, a place that exists in the minds of accidental natives and territorial pranksters who take out their resentmCoyote never seems to learn Yet, he never fails to teach, mostly through the error of his ways He taught the Nez Perce that they came from the Heart of the Monster Now, he is teaching modern day Idahoans, they have a monster in their heart This is Private Idaho, a place that exists in the minds of accidental natives and territorial pranksters who take out their resentments on tourists and real estate speculators They are anonymous and deadly In this tale of the New West, where the cowboys are women and the Indians wear Rollerblades, be alert for exploding potatoes, the allure of mineshafts and the terrible finesse of chainsaws.
Keeping Private Idaho Coyote never seems to learn Yet he never fails to teach mostly through the error of his ways He taught the Nez Perce that they came from the Heart of the Monster Now he is teaching modern day Idaho

  • Title: Keeping Private Idaho
  • Author: Rick Just
  • ISBN: 9780965353984
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Keeping Private Idaho”

    1. I’m a sometimes Idahoan with roots in the state going back several generations. About twenty years ago I was living elsewhere and suggested to a co-worker, another expat-Idahoan, that beyond the obvious differences between rural and more populous areas common in most states, that Idaho was actually three states (maybe I should have said regions to be less divisive) with their own distinct cultural norms. The first of these is The Panhandle (which is a cross between their close neighbors of Eas [...]

    2. This book takes a wry look at xenophobia from many different angles, it also applies to many other states or even countries. Idaho just happens to be the home state for Mr. Just and he is knowledgeable about many aspects that were explored in this book. The fact that the B-52's had a song titled Private Idaho is just icing on the cake. Yes, I had to Google it and then got caught up in all sorts of other 80s music. Really, I don't want to talk about it don't judge me!So what we have here is a s [...]

    3. Keeping Private Idaho revolves around several themes encountered in less populated areas of the country, including environment versus development and the challenges of tourism and newcomers. The reader encounters a variety of characters along the way, some of them inhabiting a shared story, others more distantly connected to the shared themes. An out-of-work miner working as a cook. A state park ranger. The staff of the state's tourism agency. A real estate agent. A chainsaw artist. Unsuspecting [...]

    4. I really liked this book and I'm not even entirely sure why. Initially the short chapters and frequent point-of-view changes felt choppy and awkward. The many sometimes similar characters forced me to backtrack often to sort out confusion. I'm really glad I took the extra time to get (and keep) the characters straight, as this was a cathartic story.Although I was REALLY saddened by the character who dies in the end, this was MOSTLY a satiric and humorous book for me. I think that I will have to [...]

    5. (I received my copy of this book free in exchange for a fair review, which is posted elsewhere.)

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