March 25, Tuesday afternoon -- Reading John Grisham

Enjoying lunch and reading The Innocent Man, by John Grisham.

(I feel sort of as though the man in the background has become that innocent man, or rather, the innocent bystander, not caught reading.)

His favorite book of all time--Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck. It's the only book he's read more than once. Since he was in school, when he read it the first time, he's read it again every couple of years. The draw? It's this sort of lost Americana. He likes the Doc character.

If he were to write his own book, what would it be about? No idea.

What did he read when he was a kid? Probably, he reflected, at around age 9 or 10, the Hardy Boys, Tom Sawyer.


What other good "lost Americana" novels are there?

9 Comments:

ao.roamer said...

Every books I bought will be read over two times,because I realize that in different stage of our lifetime,I would have different feeling about the content,and maybe learn more from it.

Ms. Bassette said...

So many of the books I want to mention, I have already: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Ladies of the Club. How about Cold Sassy Tree? I like books that take me back to a time in history so I can live the way they did. Wonderful!

Sonya said...

Ms. Bassette,
I'd love to read those books! I'm adding them to "the list."

Ao.Roamer,
That's so interesting, and I like to think about that myself...it'd be great to have a book club of peers who, say, read the same books I did in school and then we would reread them again as adults and talk about how they effected us differently. It'd be a great way to connect.

ao.roamer said...
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ao.roamer said...

Sonya,your idea is excellent!I hope I will have the chance to join the club.

Ms. Bassette said...

Sonya, I give myself my email as a reward for getting work done. Yesterday, was it, there you were. I've checked the ability to have comments sent to email--wouldn't want to miss any great thoughts on books. Thanks for taking the time to respond to us. It sure made my day.

A comment on going back and reading, I loved the Little House on the Prairie books as a kid. I think they're the books that 'turned me on' to reading. I was so excited to read them to my first born...and then when I did, they read like a history book. Neither one of us liked them all that much.
Sometimes, going back just isn't the same.

On the flip side, when I was in high school in the '70s, there was a new book called Go Ask Alice. It didn't stay on the library shelves because we passed it around from one girl to the next. Today, it is still as popular with my 8th graders as it was with me. And, it still effects them like it did me.

Thanks for a great way to end my day. I finish out my have-to jobs at night and then I check your blog right before I head to my reading time, give or take, 20 minutes (the time I can keep my eyes open!).

Noor said...

I've read two books for John Grisham: The Rainmaker, and the king of torts. He's a gr8 writer. I have two other books for him to read: The partner, and The runaway jury.

He's a wonderful author ;)

Livetalkradio said...

I love John Grisham books

Anonymous said...

I am the reader in the photograph. I like other Grisham books as well. On the theme of "lost Americana," I particulary liked Grisham's "A Painted House."

This particular book ("The Innocent Man"), is non-fiction, about men in Oklahoma who were wrongly convicted of murder, and the story of how they escape the death penalty. It was excellent.