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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Edward McClelland  

Pen Name: Ted McClelland

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1967 in Lansing, Michigan

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Illinois Connection

McClelland lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Edward McClelland grew up in Lansing, Michigan. After getting his start in journalism at the ''Lansing State Journal'', he later worked as a staff writer for the ''Chicago Reader''. His writing has appeared in ''The New York Times'', ''Los Angeles Times'', ''Columbia Journalism Review'', ''Salon'', ''Slate'' and ''The Nation''.

Published Works

    Written under the name Ted McClelland:
  • Horseplay: Life At the Track, Chicago Review Press, 2007
  • The Third Coast, Chicago Review Press, 2008Written under the name Edward McClelland:
  • Young Mr. Obama, Bloomsbury Press, 2010
  • Nothin' But Blue Skies, Bloomsbury Press, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

Horseplayers :
ISBN: 155652675X. OCLC Number:

Chicago Review Pr,. Chicago, Illinois :. 2007.

The third coast :
ISBN: 1556527217. OCLC Number:

Chicago Review Press,. Chicago, Ill. :. ©2008.

Chronicling the author's 10,000-mile "Great Lakes Circle Tour," this travel memoir seeks to answer a burning question: Is there a Great Lakes culture, and if so, what is it? Largely associated with the Midwest, the Great Lakes region actually has a culture that transcends the border between the United States and Canada. United by a love of encased meats, hockey, beer, snowmobiling, deer hunting, and classic-rock power ballads, the folks in Detroit have more in common with citizens in Windsor, Ontario, than those in Wichita, Kansas-while Toronto residents have more in common with Chicagoans tha.

Young Mr. Obama :
ISBN: 1608190609. OCLC Number:

Bloomsbury Press,. New York :. 2010.

The author details the start of Barack Obama's career in Chicago through his eventual victory for Senator, exploring the city's south side history, the key players in Obama's path to the U.S. Senate, and Chicago's political style.

Nothin' but blue skies :
ISBN: 1608195295. OCLC Number:

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"The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region became the "arsenal of democracy"--The greatest manufacturing center in the world-in the years during and after World War II, thanks to natural advantages and a welcoming culture. Decades of unprecedented prosperity followed, memorably punctuated by riots, strikes, burning rivers, and oil embargoes. A vibrant, quintessentially American character bloomed in the region's cities, suburbs, and backwaters. But the innovation and industry that defined the Rust Belt also helped to hasten its demise. An air conditioner invented in Upstate New York transformed the South from a sweaty backwoods to a non-unionized industrial competitor. Japan and Germany recovered from their defeat to build fuel-efficient cars in the stagnant 1970s. The tentpole factories that paid workers so well also filled the air with soot, and poisoned waters and soil. The jobs drifted elsewhere, and many of the people soon followed suit. Nothin' but Blue Skies tells the story of how the country's industrial heartland grew, boomed, bottomed, and hopes to be reborn. Through a propulsive blend of storytelling and reportage, celebrated writer Edward McClelland delivers the rise, fall, and revival of the Rust Belt and its people."--Publisher's website.


  • 2008 Great Lakes Book Award in General Nonfiction ,
  • The Third Coast

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