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Subject: Off the beaten path
Date Posted: 1/6/2008 4:42 PM ET
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Every once in a while I pick up a book, usually from a small, independent publisher that will just knock my socks off. I love it when that happens. It's almost like finding hidden treasure or something. This is the place to list your favorite, small press gems so that we can all benefit from the wealth of knowledge here. I'll go first. Whenever I can, I recommend "Montana 1948" by Larry Watson. It is a small, quiet book that is just amazing. If you ever come across it, snag it and read it.
Subject: Great suggestion
Date Posted: 1/6/2008 8:50 PM ET
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LeeAnne....thanks for the recommendation. I just had to order it since it sounds like the type of book I enjoy reading. Not too wordy and leaves you with something to think about. A book that I recently picked up because the title caught my attention was Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson. It got my attention from the first page and was an enjoyable read til the end.

 

Date Posted: 1/6/2008 9:21 PM ET
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My pleasure! I'd love to know that you think of it. I read it for the first time when it was first published and was hugely impressed with Watson's writing. He is in the same vein as Kent Haruf, if you are familiar with "Eventide" or "Plainsong"...lovely, lovely prose and a real sense of place. Enjoy!
Date Posted: 1/7/2008 8:04 AM ET
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I have read both Eventide and Plainsong and thoroughly enjoyed them. I will definitely let you know my opinion of it. :)

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 9:31 AM ET
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I read a book called "Windchill Summer" by Norris Church Mailer that was just fantastic!  I loved the time the book was set, the story, the characters, the smaller stories going on within the bigger one, and how they all tied together-just a great story. 

Right now, I'm reading a book called "The Last Of The Duchess" by Caroline Blackwood.  I'm finding it fascinating and would recommend this book highly!  I think it's nonfiction, which makes the story the author is telling even stranger. 

I have "Plainsong" and "Eventide" on my TBR shelf-I've heard nothing but good about them!

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 9:42 AM ET
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Thanks for the recommendations, Bonnie! I will check out both of those!
Date Posted: 1/7/2008 11:33 AM ET
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I LOVE Vermont authors Joe Citro and Howard Frank Mosher.

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 1:53 PM ET
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Stewart O'Nan...I never see his name come up though there are several of his books wishlisted.  I just finished "A Prayer for the Dying" written in the 2nd person which doesn't happen often.  Terrific novel about one man's struggle with a diptheria epidemic following the Civil War.  He also wrote "The Night Country" in a completely different vein about a car accident involving teens.  There is much tension and unpredictability in his writing.  I'll read anything he writes.

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 8:16 PM ET
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Author Daniel Quinn

Subject: Joshilyn Jackson
Date Posted: 1/7/2008 10:48 PM ET
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Luvbooks,

      Be sure and read her second book also--Between Georgia.  She has a third one coming out in March.



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Subject: Joshilyn Jackson
Date Posted: 1/7/2008 10:48 PM ET
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Luvbooks,

 

Subject: Joshilyn Jackson
Date Posted: 1/7/2008 10:48 PM ET
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Luvbooks,

 

Subject: Joshilyn Jackson
Date Posted: 1/7/2008 10:48 PM ET
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Posts: 702
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Luvbooks,

 

Subject: Joshilyn Jackson
Date Posted: 1/7/2008 10:48 PM ET
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Luvbooks,

 

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 10:53 PM ET
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Um, okay, Vivian, we get the picture.  You luv books!  lol !!!

Date Posted: 1/8/2008 6:15 PM ET
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Vivian,

I have Between, Georgia on my wishlist (I'm 9th in line), but it is moving very, very slowly.    :(

Looking forward to reading it!! Thanks!

 

Date Posted: 1/9/2008 5:15 PM ET
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I Who Have Never Known Men by Jacqueline Harpman.  This was a book that lingers with you after reading.

Date Posted: 1/9/2008 10:11 PM ET
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Matthew Reilly is an Australian author i discovered & he had his 1st book published himself; he has written action movies/plays & all he writes is outstanding including superb sci/fi even if it is not your normal cup of tea! Temple, Contest & 7 deadly wonders are just superb. His Scarcrow character & team in the trilogy is outstanding, which by the way is what i read 1st; very hard to pick up a book after his cuz his are so outstanding; also found a new Scottish writer Stuart MacBride, who's book Cold Granite made me laugh & made me cry;

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 9:29 AM ET
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"Population:485" by Michael Perry and also the book that follows "Truck: A Love Story". He's a little known author, but i love his writing style, sense of humor and the way he describes small town life. He's from Wisconsin and visited our small town library........i didn't get to meet him though, i had a previous engagement i couldn't get out of. I was bummed!! He also has a website: www.sneezingcow.com  if anyone is interested.