In Colin Quinn's new book, OVERSTATED: A COAST-TO-COAST ROAST OF THE 50 STATES (St. Martin’s), the comedian, social commentator, and creator and star of the one-man Broadway show, Red State Blue State, and the Netflix special, Unconstitutional, tackles the condition of our union today. The United States is in a 50-states-wide couples’ counseling session, thinking about filing for divorce. But is that really what we want? Can a nation composed of states that are so different possibly hang together? Quinn identifies the hypocrisies inherent in what we claim to believe and what we actually do. Within a framework of big-picture thinking about systems of government — after all, how would you put this country together if you started from scratch today? — to dead-on observations about the quirks and vibes of the citizens in each region, OVERSTATED skewers us all: red, blue, and purple. Quinn’s book is ultimately infused with the same blend of optimism and practicality that sparked the U.S. into being.