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This Is Ohio

The Overdose Crisis and the Front Lines of a New America

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ON SALE: September 8, 2020 | Hardcover | 304 pages | ISBN 9781640093553
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Every overdose is a policy failure. Such is the guiding element of journalist Jack Shuler’s new book, one that explores the current addiction crisis as a human rights problem fostered by poverty and inadequate healthcare.

Tainted drug supplies, inadequate civic responses, and prevailing negative opinions about people who use drugs, the poor, and those struggling with mental health issues lead to thousands of preventable deaths each year while politicians are slow to adopt effective policies. Putting themselves at great personal risk (and often breaking the law to do so), the brave men and women profiled in This is Ohio–a coalition of people who use drugs, mothers, and allies–are mounting a grassroots effort to combat ineffective and often incorrect ideas about addiction and instead focus on saving lives through commonsense harm reduction policies.

Opioids are the current face of addiction, but as Shuler shows, the crisis in our midst is one that has long been fostered by income inequality, the loss of manufacturing jobs across the Rust Belt, and lack of access to healthcare. What is playing out in Ohio today isn’t only about opioids, but rather a decades-long sociological shift in small towns all across America. It’s also about a larger culture of stigma at the heart of how we talk about addiction. What happens in Ohio will have ramifications felt across the nation and for decades to come.

About Jack Shuler

JACK SHULER is the author of three books, including The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose. His writing has appeared in The New Republic, Pacific Standard, Christian Science Monitor, 100 Days in Appalachia, and Los Angeles Times, among others. He is chair of the narrative journalism program at Denison University. He lives in Ohio.

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Praise for Calling out Liberty

"Jack Shuler's Calling Out Liberty: The Stono Slave Rebellion and the Universal Struggle for Human Rights . . . provide[s] important new insights into the struggle for liberty and equality by people of African descent in the eighteenth-century South Carolina Low Country." --Rhondda Thomas, The South Carolina Review

"[A] real contribution to the historiography of the affair by examining it in its larger Atlantic context." --Douglas Egerton, Reviews in American History

"[Shuler's] goal is not simply to understand human rights as they are currently presented, but rather to see them in their potentiality." --Illan rua Wall, Law, Culture and the Humanities

Praise for Blood and Bone

"Shuler makes clear that reconciliation is long and begins with listening and paying attention to each other's stories . . . Shuler's report paints a dark picture with glimmers of light." --Kirkus Reviews

"[P]aint[s] a vivid picture of the racially charged, tinderbox atmosphere in 1960s S.C." --Publishers Weekly

"[Shuler] astutely recognizes that how people remember the 'Orangeburg Massacre' is as important as the facts associated with the shooting...Blood and Bone deepens our understanding of the people and events that have shaped the civil rights history of this southern city." --The Journal of African American History

"[Shuler] deals masterfully with the complicated issues of memory and reconciliation." --Journal of Southern History

"An impressive work of scholarship, written with a narrative flair and regard for historical accuracy, Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern Town is highly recommended reading and a core addition to the growing body of literature on 20th Century race relations in the American South." --Midwest Book Review

"Masterful." --Jack Bass, Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier

"Shuler has a talent for appreciating and describing the characters of the people he interviews, and by the end of the book I felt I had met an interesting cross-section of the citizens, black and white, who lived in Orangeburg in 1968 and live there still...Shuler's book is a local history, but then all history when examined deeply becomes local. The Orangeburg tragedy of 1968 was rooted in two centuries of American racial injustice, and its after-life in the psyches of Orangeburg residents tells us a good deal about where America stands on racial matters, even today." --International Journal of Conflict and Resolution

"Jack Shuler's Blood and Bone is one of the best books ever written on a southern small town. The Orangeburg Massacre had a profound effect on me as it did for so many others living in South Carolina at the time and since. The massacre has blighted the image of Orangeburg like a blister that won't heal. Shuler has written a nuanced story of Orangeburg since that bloody night. He tells all sides of the story with fairness and compassion. The people we meet in these pages are wonderful and the final chapter is spectacular. Shuler gives us a moving love song to his home town." --Pat Conroy

"Jack Shuler's poetic account of the Orangeburg Massacre of 1968 achieves William Blake's command to see a world in a grain of sand--in this case, the grand American agonies of race and violence in an intimate story of a small Southern place." --Marcus Rediker, author of The Slave Ship: A Human History

Praise for The Thirteenth Turn

"The potency of the noose--as device, spectacle and ritual--laid raw and bare...A panoramic, unforgettable rendering of 'the long fade of strangulation.'"--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Richly researched and beautifully written, this is an essential history of our country, as seen through one homely, terrifying object." --The Boston Globe

"The Thirteenth Turn is a finely tuned study of a peculiar tragedy that shadows the triumph of what it means to be an American." --The Washington Post

"The Thirteenth Turn is history that is rendered with the narrative drive of a page-turning novel. Jack Shuler is an immensely talented writer, and he has given a human face to one of America's most disturbing symbols." --Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of The Cove

"[F]ascinating...a book that is as haunting as its subject." --CHOICE (Highly Recommended)

"Shuler's rich and disturbing account of the power of the noose as 'synecdoche, a part that stands for the whole, ' brings together a history that stands as a shameful example of how the law can be twisted and defied where necessary, to enforce a race-based inferior caste alien to the common law." --David Thomas Konig, The Common Reader

"The Thirteenth Turn is a thoughtful, profound book. Jack Shuler has taken an object we are all too familiar with in our history--the noose--and found in its story an urgent lesson on how to live." --Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents

"Shuler's work is an eye-opening, thought-provoking, and complete history of the hangman's knot. For anyone interested in the real story of race and justice in America, The Thirteenth Turn is an essential read." --Will Francome, writer of In Prison My Whole Life

"Jack Shuler has tackled all the big questions posed by Jena and left us with the kind of answers that bear the marks of deep suffering. Shuler's research drew him into dark and forbidding places, but he has emerged with the grotesque beauty we call truth." --Alan Bean, Executive Director of Friends of Justice and author of Taking Out the Trash in Tulia, Texas

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