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Methland by Nick Reding
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Apr 10, 12

Read in March, 2012

I chose to read "Methland" by Nick Reding at first because I knew that it was a well-known book and I was curious about how significant drugs are in small towns. However, as I started to read the book, I realized that the majority of the content was simply Reding describing his travels and how run-down the drug-torn communities were and how impoverished the people in the small towns were. Although it is a nonfiction book, I feel like the book lacked any sort of plot.
The descriptions that Reding used were able to paint a picture in my mind of just how separated the communities he visited had become due to meth addiction. He wrote that in Oelwein, Iowa, he could smell the stench of cooking meth in the air, he could see the damage that the drug had caused to the residents, and he could "hear" the silence that had fallen on the town as depression came with the drug.

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Ehren Schultz Good review bro!

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