(Full disclosure, Mr. Just sent me a copy of his book to read/review.)
Perhaps it's because I'm an Idaho native that I liked this book so much, but I don't really believe that. If you've ever been to Idaho, ever lived in Idaho, ever been curious about our state or have never heard of it, I think you would enjoy this book.
The characters are interesting and flawed, the story unfolds at a good pace and keeps you guessing. And there are gems of wisdom along the way that I certainly appreciated. Will an Idahoan drop you like a hot potato (pun intended), if they witness you littering in the Boise River? Yes. Yes, they will.
I've never heard of an anti-tourist "Private Newsletter" in Idaho but that doesn't mean it didn't exist. I've certainly heard my fair share of Idahoans grumbling about Californians moving into "our" state. I agree with the author's afterward notes in which he is "happy to report the xenophobia depicted in the book...."....."has largely gone away." I agree. Californians move here, Idahoans move away. That's just life.
Here is the review of Keeping Private Idaho from the Idaho Statesman. They liked it too.
So, for those of you who enjoy reading this blog, leave a comment and if you're chosen I'll send one of you a copy of this book. Straight from Amazon probably. I'll leave this open until March 24. Good luck.
And thanks Mr. Just; it's a great read!