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What's the Matter with California?: Cultural Rumbles from the Golden State and Why the Rest of Us Should Be Shaking

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
There's an unspoken fault line in California. No, not the San Andreas Fault nor any of the geologic ones we all know about. This fault line is cultural -- formed by the waves of ethnic and social groups that have rammed willy-nilly into California and now refuse to get along. Californians today worry about "The Big One," but it's a cultural cataclysm they -- and the rest o ...more
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Threshold Editions (first published 2007)
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Oct 10, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it
A very interesting book with a pretty specific agenda... well-written. Do I agree with everything he concludes? No. OTOH, do I find his analysis of California & the fractured cultures (what he calls "plates") fascinating? Yes - and, as someone who grew up in O.C. and now lives in the Central Valley, I think he's touching on some huge issues. Worth reading, even if you disagree with his viewpoint.
Aug 09, 2013 Ethan rated it it was ok
Ok. Having given my first two-star review, I feel compelled to explain myself. Plus, I need to vent.

This book had so much potential. To deny California's present economic/political turmoil is almost silly, and I was really hoping to find some interesting insight regarding these problems at the hands of this book.

The problem is that as someone who has lived in Northern California most of his life, I found the stereotypes/unbased judgments unbearable. Every few pages, Cashill will describe somethi
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Aug 20, 2012 Therese Gilardi rated it liked it
this book raises a lot of interesting points. however, far too many of "california's" ills are found all around the country, thus proof that there are larger issues at play than just what happens here in the golden state. i liked this but felt that comments like there is nowhere else in america where one's roots (in the state) are more important were just plain wrong - has the author never traveled beyond his kansas home and new jersey birthplace? this book has the same flaw found in "what's the ...more
Mar 23, 2008 Mickay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008
I don't know how to characterize this book.... it has some core weaknesses... how different is California really from the Midwest? It would be a stronger argument if he suggested that California prefigures a community breakdown that may transform other parts of the country, to... that said... it is in an interesting book and a good read
Apr 16, 2008 Anthony rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A little slow in the beginning but definitely picks up steam. I thought it contained very interesting insight as to why California seems to be going down the toilet. A beautiful state, with beautiful people, with hateful, separatist ideas and agendas.
Oct 20, 2009 Natalie marked it as to-read
I may never finish this book and what's the matter with California just seems to keep getting worse?! ;)
Feb 02, 2008 Jeff rated it liked it
Shelves: california
If you're pretty familiar with California, this book is a lot of fun, and provides much food for thought.
Apr 20, 2008 Jamie rated it liked it
Saw it on the new bookshelf at the library and it looked interesting.

Eh, it was okay.
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