Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology 2nd edition

Edited by Jacqueline Marino

"One after another, the writers and artists in this anthology vouch for the burning truth of Youngstown's life, all its filth and hardness and sweetness and soul, until it feels eternal."David Giffels, author of The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt, on the first edition.

When Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology was published in 2015, it sold out its first two printings within months. The essays, poems, and photos in the anthology touched a nerve with Youngstown residents and expats, as well as a national audience fascinated with this paradigmatic Rust Belt city. Five years later—Belt is proud to publish an updated edition of this book, with new essays by Jen Vanderpool, Sherry Lee Linkon, Henry Gomez, and others. 

The Youngstown story often is told with a beginning in iron and steel and ending in decay with a subplot driven by violent mobsters and corrupt politicians. Aiming to provide a more well-rounded examination of Youngstown, this collection of essays provides an authentic look at the city through a diverse set of experiences from the perspectives of those who have lived there. Readers will gain a sense of the past, present, and future of the city. Edited by Jacqueline Marino and Will Miller, the book features contributions by Christopher Barzak, Rochelle Hurt, Eric Murphy, Ed O’Neill, Sarah Sepanek, David Skolnick, Sarah Stankorb, C Lee Tressell, Jay Williams, Andrea Wood & 35 others.


Jacqueline Marino is a professor of journalism at Kent State University. Her articles and essays have been published in Cleveland MagazineBelt Magazine, River Teeth, and The Washington Post. She is the author of White Coats: Three Journeys through an American Medical School (The Kent State University Press, 2012) and the co-editor of Car Bombs to Cookie Tables: The Youngstown Anthology (Belt Publishing, 2015). She was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, and she never misses a wedding or a meal there.

JUNE 30, 2020 | ISBN: 9781947842672 | REGIONAL INTEREST | PAPERBACK | 6 X 9 | 224 PAGES