Well, it was never going to be about coffee milk.

The Sunday NYT’s Book Review has a very favorable review (“funny, moving … greater than the sum of its excellent parts…”) of State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America, a compilation of 50 essays.  I immediately scanned the piece to see if Rhode Island got mentioned and in what way. Who did we get?  What is the angle? Jhumpa Lahiri! Wow! Well, this ain’t gonna be about clamcakes and license plates.  So, what is it about?

Jhumpa Lahiri, in her reminiscence about Rhode Island, relates a sad episode in which her mother received a series of anonymous, hateful letters.


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