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The author, Jeffrey Eugenides, won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with this novel. It tells the story of Calliope Stephanides, or rather, she/he ...more
Oct 2014
Oct 11, 2014
The Big Rock Candy Mountain
Stegner never disappoints. Although this book didn't impact me like "Crossing to Safety," it was brilliant in its own way. The story follows the pligh ...more
Oct 2013
Oct 09, 2013
Becoming Mr. Henry: One Man's Path from Learning to Teaching
I know this author personally and enjoyed hearing his thoughts on the American education system after he spent years as a high school teacher in Minne ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 20, 2012
The Art of Fielding
This is the story of a prodigal shortstop (Henry) for the Westish College Harpooners in Wisconsin who uncorks a wild throw and everything changes (ech ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 17, 2012
The Year We Left Home
This is a (fictional) story of a family in Iowa, laid out over time (1973 - 2003) with each chapter moving the timeline forward and usually focused on ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 03, 2012
The Round House
Captivating story, I thought Erdrich (author) did a superb job of adding layers to the central plot and developing the characters, plus the sense of p ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 07, 2013
The Beet Queen
Character development really stood out to me in this novel. Louise's creation of Karl Adare in particular drove the book, and Karl's sister Mary and d ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 17, 2010
Forty Chances : Finding Hope in a Hungry World
The author is Howard Buffett, son of Warren Buffett. In his words, the book is a collection of forty stories about how his early life, the last fiftee ...more
Feb 2014
Feb 23, 2014
Main Street
Published in 1920, this novel about small-town Minnesota (the fictional town of Gopher Prairie) was written by a Minnesotan from Sauk Centre. Sinclair ...more
Mar 2011
Jul 05, 2010
A Long Way from Home: Growing Up in the American Heartland
Mildly interesting memoir of Tom Brokaw's childhood in South Dakota. I only read it because my father-in-law left the book for me to read. I'd be much ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 05, 2010
The Facades
Mar 2014
Mar 02, 2014
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