Friday, April 25, 2014

Celebrate Little Victories - Books!



Aloha!  I fly tomorrow morning to Milwaukee for Barbara Vey's Reader Appreciation Luncheon (link). I am sitting with Eileen Dreyer ... and Debby Macomber is the guest speaker. I'll post pictures on Monday.

Dear Author posted this link for "the most famous book set in each state."   I hail from Florida and I have not read Ernest Hemingway's TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT.   Likewise, I have not read James Michener's HAWAII.   The blog suggests Anne Tyler's DINNER AT THE HOMESICK RESTAURANT is most famous from Maryland ... a title I don't recognize.   So I strke out three out of three.

What are your thoughts on this list - have you read the book for your state?  Can you offer a substitution?  For our international readers, can you offer a book from your region/country?

One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, May 3, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 4.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City







22 comments:

  1. Have a safe trip, and enjoy yourself. Looking forward to seeing all the pics.

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  2. I'm from Kansas and the most famous book here is "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum which is no surprise there. I have not read the book but I've seen the movie like, a million times. It's like a state mandate that every citizen watch the movie LOL!

    Here is a link to the list if anyone would like to look up their state: http://mentalfloss.com/article/56377/most-famous-book-set-each-state

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    1. Mahalo, Elizabeth, for posting the link (which I failed to do but have corrected). Interesting list ...

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  3. Have a safe trip and take oodles of pictures!
    Huh the books they have for Ohio and West Virginia I never heard Ohio - "THE BROOM OF THE SYSTEM" By David Foster Wallace
    West Virginia - "SHILOH" by Phillis Reynolds Naylor

    Shame they did not mention "FOLLOW THE RIVER" by James Alexander Thom. When I was a teen, and starved for new books, my uncle (mom's side) handed me a book and said "Read this, it takes in the Mid-Ohio valley" where we live (and even where I live now is included)

    By the way... I have been feverishly working on my WIP, and once I get this scene written, I have one chapter left to go and I'd be done!

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  4. I've read my state's book - The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. You really would love Hawaii!! I"ve probably read about 20 1/2 - I've tried to read The Sound and the Fury twice but just do not care for that book.

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  5. How fun, have a good weekend, thanks
    Kimh

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  6. Have fun at the luncheon, Kim!

    I haven't read my state's book (Michigan - The Virgin Suicides).

    Marcy Shuler

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  7. I'm sure there are thousands upon thousands of books set in QLD and Australia that I have not read.

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  8. I've not read the Indiana 'Magnificant Ambersons' by Booth Tarkington... But I've read a number of other states'..
    Have a wonderful time!!

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  9. Chevy Stevens, Linwood Barclay, Joy Fielding, great authors from Canada whose books I have enjoyed.
    Have a wonderful time, lucky you.

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  10. Wish I didn't have to cancel..

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  11. Have a wonderful time at the luncheon, Kim! Wish I could be there.

    I've lived in four states and have read two of the books listed for them: "A Walk to Remember" (NC) and "The Secret Life of Bees" (SC). For any of you who haven't read it yet, "The Secret Life of Bees" is a wonderful story! I have also read Michener's "Hawaii." Loved it!

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  12. I've not read Anne Rice's Interview With a Vampire (La) or Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men (Texas). I'm pretty good with some other Southern states, though--Gone With the Wind (Ga,) To Kill a Mockingbird (Ala,) Uncle Tom's Cabin (Ky,) and The Firm and The Client (Tenn.) Fun list!

    For a Louisiana substitute, I honestly thought the choice would be John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces or Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, both Pulitzer Prize winners.

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  13. Have fun! Haven't read it

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  14. Have a great time!!! I couldn't get the link to work so I don't know if I have or not :(

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    1. Aloha, Erin. I fixed the link (for a second time). The list is worth a look.

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  15. I haven't read Steinbeck's East of Eden (CA) or Hemingway's To Have and Have Not (FL), so I'm striking out. :D

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  16. I don't think I've read my state's book since I'm not sure what it is. Sounds like you'll have a great time.

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  17. Hope you had fun. Thanks for the contest.
    Patoct

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  18. I've read or seen the movies for several of the books on the list, but not the one for my home state of NJ - never even heard of it.

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  19. I cannot think of a movie or book in my home state and there must be tons of them.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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