Reading the States: Missouri

Friday, June 29, 2012


- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn* by Mark Twain
- Finn by Jon Clinch
- Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher by Lenore Hart    
- Sharp Objects* by Gillian Flynn
- This is Graceanne’s Book by P.L. Whitney
- Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
- Little Farm in the Ozarks by Roger Lea Macbride
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer* by Mark Twain
- Stoner by John Williams
- Gone Girl* by Gillian Flynn

- Missouri, a Bicentennial History by Paul C. Nagel
- Jesse James, Last Rebel of the Civil War* by T. J. Stiles
- Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain
- Truman by David McCullough
- On Her Own Ground by A'Lelia Bundle  

Authors Known for Writing in or about the State:
- Mark Twain
- Rett MacPherson

Authors Who Lived Here:
- Maya Angelou
- William S. Burroughs
- Langston Hughes
- Kate Chopin
- Jonathan Franzen
- A. E. Hotchner
- T.S. Eliot

Great Bookstores:
*Books I've Read
Photo by moi.


Sandy Nawrot said...

There is definitely a certain FEEL coming out of this state. But ick, Franzen.

Jeanne said...

I grew up in Southern Missouri, on a cape in the Mississippi just before the "boot heel" that sticks down into Arkansas, and it always puzzled me that Tom and Huck could swim in the river. Just this year I finally made it to Hannibal and saw the river up there!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Sandy - Ugh, I know!

Jeanne - I didn't know you grew up there! There's always something special about the state we grew up in.

Kelly Robinson said...

I just can't support Lenore Hart because of the plagiarism issue. The fact that St. Martin's Press chose to ignore it is a slap in the face to writers who do their own hard work.

Care said...

I would recommend TRUMAN by David McCullough for a fabulous nonfic MO read. I love Missouri.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Kelly - Interesting, I hadn't heard anything about that, but I also haven't read that book.

Care - Thanks! I'll add it to the list.