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Idaho Snapshots: 09/24/08

Idaho celebrated its centennial in 1990. As part of that celebration, Rick Just put together a radio series called "Idaho Snaphots" and those episodes were later complied to make the book Idaho Snapshots.

The book has about one hundred "snapshots." Each one is one page long and covers some aspect of Idaho. The book is divided into topics: Symbols, Geology, Natural Resources, Wildlife, Mining, Agriculture, History, General Interest, and Biography.

I started reading Idaho Snapshots knowing only a few basics: where the state is, when it became a state, its primary crops and some basic history. I come away from reading the book wanting to hop into my car for a road trip to the state. We got close to crossing into Idaho on our February trip to Oregon. Had we not been suffering from a stomach bug, we probably would have made it.

The books' bright yellow cover with the titled illustration of a radio snapshot reminds me of one of my favorite products of Idaho: BookCrossing. Although it originated in Boston, the heart and soul of the site is run out of Sandpoint Idaho.

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Comment #1:Thursday, September, 25, 2008 at 03:49:35

Natasha @ Maw Books

I have driven through Idaho way to many times to count for as long as I can remember. Grandma's house was always in Idaho. And unless you're up in the northern part of the state, well, you're not missing much of anything. Perhaps some sagebrush.

Comment #2: Thursday, September 26, 2008 at 12:22:53


The same could be said of the north eastern corner of Oregon but we found it beautiful. I still think we would enjoy a family trip to Idaho.

Comment #3: hursday, September, 25, 2008 at 11:03:04

,a href="">Jeane

All I know about Idaho is that I went to junior college there, and they grow lots of potatoes!

Comment #4: Thursday, September 26, 2008 at 12:25:40


According to the book, Idaho grows 1/3 of the nation's potato crop. The state also produce a lot of sugar beets, barley and trout.

Comment #5: Saturday, September, 27, 2008 at 10:59:18


Having lived in Idaho for a bit - I thought that sounded interesting. Thanks for sharing!

Comment #6: Saturday, September, 27, 2008 at 21:33:21


I'm glad you enjoyed the review. Happy reading.

Comment #7: Saturday, September, 27, 2008 at 16:27:02


I've have been looking for a book about Idaho for my Book Around the States reading. This one looks great. Thanks for your review

Comment #8: Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 21:38:20

Pussreboots says:

I'm glad I could help you find a book for your challenge. It's still available new at Amazon if you can't find it in your local book store. Happy reading!