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Subject: Just a friendly recommendation
Date Posted: 3/8/2010 11:37 AM ET
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I just learned that one of the most interesting books I've read in the past two years is being released shortly as a movie. That's all well and good, but perhaps the best thing about the novel is the beauty and power of the writing. So here's my personal rec for Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone

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http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780316066419-Winters+Bone

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780316057554-Winters+Bone

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 11:46 PM ET
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Thanks for the recommendation -- I'm surprised I haven't heard of it before. 

Date Posted: 3/9/2010 10:21 AM ET
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It sounds really good, Greg.  Thanks for the rec.

Date Posted: 3/9/2010 2:00 PM ET
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Thanks for the recommendation.

Date Posted: 6/19/2010 3:27 PM ET
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OK the movie's out now and getting terrific reviews -- I still recommend y'all get the book first. Not available at PBS as far as I can tell but Amazon has new hardcovers for $5.60.

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 11:10 AM ET
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Thanks for the recommendation.  My library has a couple of copies, and I'm the only one wishlisting it there.

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 1:36 PM ET
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Well, PBS members must have zipped right over to Amazon after reading your recommendation because now the least expensive new hardcover is $23! (Greg, I think you should ask for a kickback.)

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 3:44 PM ET
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The paperback is avaliable for $10.07

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 8:21 PM ET
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Thanks! It's on my e-book WL now.

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 8:21 PM ET
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Double post; sorry.



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Date Posted: 6/20/2010 10:20 PM ET
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Our local film critic gave the movie four stars...the highest rating!  Something he rarely does.  He wrote "The main character is as memorable and vivid a heroine as you are likely to see on screen this season."  this film was also a Sundance favorite.  Looking forward to seeing the movie!  But will  read the novel first.



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Date Posted: 6/21/2010 10:58 PM ET
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Another one added to my list! Thanks!

Date Posted: 6/23/2010 12:09 AM ET
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Looks good. Thanks!

Date Posted: 6/23/2010 10:01 PM ET
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I saw the movie trailer for this recently & thought it looked really good. Didn't know it was a book. I'll be looking for it at the library so I can go see the movie asap.

Date Posted: 8/7/2010 2:39 AM ET
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So have any of you read Winter's Bone yet? What did you think?

Date Posted: 8/7/2010 12:51 PM ET
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I read WINTER BONE.  This is not a 'feel good, beach book' read.  It is a heavy and very depressing story. Having stated that, I have to add that it is one of the most different,  yet best books I have read in a long time.  It is written in a 'old-fashioned vernacular of the backwoods.'  The words have a storytelling rhythm.  I could almost feel the atmosphere and hear the sounds of the Ozarks.  The characters in this story live in a impoverished and violent world.  If you plan on reading the book or seeing the movie, be warned, it is story you will  not easily forget!

PS I have a "Make Me Think' Book List, (you can get to it from my profile page) and am surprised that WINTER BONE has not received any votes.



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Date Posted: 8/7/2010 1:26 PM ET
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Yes, Greg -- read it based on your recommendation -- one of the best books I've read -- the writing is sublime -- thank you for highlighting it -- am eager to see the movie.

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 5:28 PM ET
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I really liked it despite the fact it is somewhat depressing. I didn't think I would enjoy a story so full of poverty and backwoods drug dealers; however, it was so well written, and such a fine window into a world that is seldom the focus of any intense scrutiny, that it held my interest. I really look forward to seeing how the film compares.   I've also read Woodrell's 'Woe to Live On' . That was also excellent, and was the basis of the Toby McGuire film, 'Ride With the Devil'.  I loved that film even though it didn't do boffo boxoffice business. It was a great depiction of a little known side of the Civil War, i.e., the Missouri guerrilla warfare.

Date Posted: 8/9/2010 9:59 PM ET
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Looks good! 

Adding it to my never-ending list of TBR books.