“Really a good read, I highly recommend it.”
—Joe Bickett, Good Day, Austin Fox-7

Reviews for 'The Stories of How Our States Were Named'

"It reads beautifully. [Guyton's] style is so fluid, and [her] enthusiasm comes through. Nice, too, that one can browse. Almost like reading very short stories."

—Robert Klitgaard, Author of "Tropical Gangsters"

“It is just FASCINATING! I love [her] sense of humor and the amazing facts included in the histories.

“It is just FASCINATING! I love [her] sense of humor and the amazing facts included in the histories. I say that if history class had been like this, I would have paid a lot more attention.”

— Jacquie Manning, Small Potatoes

“Kathy Guyton does more than follow in the footsteps of George R. Stewart's classic "Names on the Land: A Historical Account of Place-naming in the United States;" state by state, she stretches name origins into concise, fascinating history lessons about each state. And when the question can't be easily answered -- Oregon: from the French for "storm," Spanish for "ear" or (natch) the spice oregano? -- each chapter still makes for fascinating reading. The kind of fun book you can pick up and poke through or read straight through.”

—Clay Evans, Boulder Daily Camera

"Whether you have a specific state in mind or want to know a little bit about all of them, this is a fun book to read. Even the states you think are fairly obvious (like Virginia) there's more to the story than you thought. My target states were Arizona and California (and both were interesting to read!) but I have enjoyed randomly reading other chapters."

—Liza Weissler

“... intensely researched, vastly informative and generously illustrated historical epic of names.”

—Barbara Lawlor, Nederland Mountain Ear

“Really a good read, I highly recommend it.”

—Joe Bickett, Good Day, Austin Fox-7

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