New Jersey Fan Club: Artists and Writers Celebrate the Garden State (Paperback)
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Despite the many jokes and stereotypes about New Jersey and its residents, in reality the state is a wildly diverse place, home to a vast variety of landscapes, cultures, and people. There is no singular New Jersey experience, and the stories that its residents have to share about the state will surprise you.
New Jersey Fan Club: Artists and Writers Celebrate the Garden State is an eclectic anthology featuring personal essays, interviews, and comics from a broad group of established and emerging writers and artists who have something to say about New Jersey. It offers a multifaceted look at the state’s history and significance, told through narrative nonfiction, photographs, and illustrations.
New Jersey Fan Club is edited by Kerri Sullivan, founder of the popular Instagram account Jersey Collective (@jerseycollective), which features weekly takeovers by different New Jerseyans. This book functions the same way: it gives dozens of different contributors the chance to share what New Jersey looks like to them. The book is an exploration of how the same locale can shape people in different ways, and it will inspire readers to look at the Garden State with fresh eyes and appreciate its bounty of beautiful places and vibrant spaces.
About the Author
KERRI SULLIVAN is the founder of Jersey Collective (@jerseycollective), one of New Jersey's most popular Instagram accounts, with over 30,000 followers. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney's, Podcast Review, The Billfold, and elsewhere. She is from Monmouth County but currently lives in North Jersey.
"I love this book! A diverse range of voices and evocative photos add up to a memorable portrait of the real New Jersey."
— Pete Genovese
"Kerri Sullivan knows New Jersey, and she's passionate about showing all the great things about living here. If you ever thought NJ was a drive-thru state or an obnoxious stereotype, be sure to read this book."
— Cyd Katz
"NJ Fan Club is as eclectic, vibrant, and inviting as the Garden State itself. It's less a book than it is a sensory experience, its pages overflowing with imagery and voices representative of Jersey's diversity, its history, and its heart."
— Joe Vallese
"New Jersey Fans Wax Lyrical," by Shelby Vittek
— New Jersey Monthly
"New Jersey pride runs deep. So does our desire to share it with anybody who will listen—sometimes even more so when they would rather not hear it. Monmouth County native Kerri Sullivan understands this unique state pride is just part of the Jersey experience. It’s something she wanted to capture in her new anthology, New Jersey Fan Club, out June 17."
— Shelby Vittek