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message 1: by mstan (last edited Dec 08, 2012 08:51PM) (new)

mstan | 130 comments I studied in the U.S. many years ago but no longer live there, so this is my way of re-visiting all the places I miss, or 'seeing' places I never had the opportunity to visit!

Alabama - Alaska - Arizona - Arkansas - California - Colorado - Connecticut - Delaware - Florida - Georgia - Hawaii - Idaho - Illinois - Indiana - Iowa - Kansas - Kentucky - Louisiana - Maine - Maryland - Massachusetts - Michigan - Minnesota - Mississippi - Missouri - Montana - Nebraska - Nevada - New Hampshire - New Jersey - New Mexico - New York - North Carolina - North Dakota - Ohio - Oklahoma - Oregon - Pennsylvania - Rhode Island - South Carolina - South Dakota - Tennessee - Texas - Utah - Vermont - Virginia - Washington - West Virginia - Wisconsin - Wyoming

bonus-Washington D.C.

41 states visited


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mstan | 130 comments Some backdated reporting:

Illinois - Dandelion Wine (completed on 6 Nov)

Montana - Hattie Big Sky (completed on 5 Nov)

New York - Go Tell It on the Mountain (completed on 1 Nov)

Oregon - The River Why (completed on 30 Oct)

Texas - Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team and a Dream (completed on 30 Oct)

Wisconsin - Stupid Fast (completed on 30 Oct)

New Mexico - The Last Summer Of The Death Warriors (completed on 26 Oct)

Massachussetts - Fade (completed on 23 Oct)

Nebraska - The Red Umbrella (completed on 15 Oct)

Georgia - The End of Molasses Classes: 101 Extraordinary Ways for Parents and Teachers to Get Kids Unstuck (completed on 9 Oct)

Alabama - Looking for Alaska (completed on 7 Oct)


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mstan | 130 comments Kansas - In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences (completed on 10 Nov)

Really well-written!


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mstan | 130 comments California - The Postman Always Rings Twice (completed on 10 Nov)

Second book in a row about dispassionate killers...


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mstan | 130 comments New Hampshire - String Too Short to Be Saved (completed on 19 Nov)

Loved this memoir about a boy's/young man's summers on a New Hampshire farm in the early 20th century.


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mstan | 130 comments Vermont - Crossing to Safety (completed on 9 Dec)

A wonderful paean to friendship between married couples.


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mstan | 130 comments Virginia - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (completed on 10 Dec)

A very interesting look into how to live and eat ethically for a year - something close to my heart, but which I have been putting off doing - but Kingsolver's voice is rather patronising and her message, a little 'one-note' in most of the book, so I took a long time to finish it.


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mstan | 130 comments Louisiana - Dead Man Walking (completed on 19 Dec)

This started off powerfully but I thought Sister Helen Prejean's multiple accounts of similar murder cases in Louisiana was quite repetitive and made her argument lose steam.


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mstan | 130 comments Mississippi - Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (completed on 24 Dec)

I came to this with little idea what it was about, and found it a beautifully crafted and engaging read about crime, race relations and growing up pains in Mississippi.


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mstan | 130 comments Arizona - Everybody Sees the Ants (completed on 1 Jan)

Lucky Linderman is a 15-year-old boy whose grandfather went missing during the Vietnam War. Having to deal with bullying issues and parents who can't seem to stick up for him, Lucky escapes to the jungles of Vietnam to meet his grandfather. In real life, his mother takes him to Arizona, where they stay with his Uncle Dave and Aunt Jodi.

A sensitive look into how the average adolescent male thinks, and what shape good parenting should take.


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mstan | 130 comments North Carolina - Shine (completed on 14 Jan)

Quite a solid YA novel about prejudice and other forms of messed up mindsets.


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mstan | 130 comments Hawaii - Moloka'i (completed on 14 Jan)

Enlightening, but not particularly engaging for me (felt really long and factual/dry).


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mstan | 130 comments Connecticut - Revolutionary Road (completed on 15 Jan)

Really liked the beautiful writing; I'd seen the movie before and liked it too.


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mstan | 130 comments Missouri (the Ozarks) - Winter's Bone (completed on 28 Jan)

Lovely writing, but it was all too bleak for me, and I felt like I'd seen this style before...


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mstan | 130 comments Ohio - Walk Two Moons (completed on 24 Jan - forgot to update this page till now)

A beautiful YA book involving a roadtrip with grandparents (from Ohio to Idaho) and coming to terms with one's parents.


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mstan | 130 comments Arkansas - Where Things Come Back (completed on 25 Mar)

An unexpectedly wonderful book about sibling love and the downbeat craziness of adults...


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mstan | 130 comments Maine - The Ghost Trap (completed on 25 Mar)

Highly recommended; this story about a lobsterman and his brain-damaged girlfriend will break your heart.


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mstan | 130 comments Washington - Five Flavors of Dumb (completed on 1 Apr)

Quite an entertaining YA novel about a deaf manager of a rock band.


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mstan | 130 comments Florida - Tangerine (completed on 28 Apr)

A YA novel about soccer and weird families. It was all right.


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mstan | 130 comments Pennsylvania - Quaking (completed on 30 Apr)

What one would call a 'topical' YA novel about the US deployment of troops in the Middle East and a girl's personal struggle with a history of abuse.


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mstan | 130 comments Iowa - Shoeless Joe (completed on 19 May)

While this book is quite nicely written, I was quite bored for most of it as I know nothing about baseball. This book is really meant for the avid fan.


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mstan | 130 comments New Jersey - Election (completed on 2 June)

Can a book be both fun to read and slightly depressing at the same time?


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mstan | 130 comments Tennessee - Catching Jordan (completed on 3 June)

Didn't like this one.


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mstan | 130 comments Utah - Desert Solitaire (completed on 6 June)

Poetically written, but rather all over the place.


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mstan | 130 comments Michigan - Night Shift (completed on 25 June)

Same comment as for message 24, surprisingly!


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mstan | 130 comments West Virginia - The Summer of the Swans (completed on 1 Jul)

A sweet children's book.


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mstan | 130 comments South Dakota - The Long Winter (completed on 5 Aug)

One of my old favourites!


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mstan | 130 comments Alaska - My Name is Not Easy (completed on 3 Sep)

This was not well written, unfortunately, especially considering how interesting the subject matter was.


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mstan | 130 comments Maryland - Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls (completed on 10 Sep)

Nice sense of time and place.


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mstan | 130 comments Minnesota - Breadcrumbs (completed on 17 Nov)


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mstan | 130 comments Oklahoma - Out of the Dust (completed on 25 Nov)


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