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cath

So interesting to read about your place's history isn't it? I hope you are going to write here about the visit you are planning to make?

Kailana

I find this winter weird. It was really really good and now it is mild and raining... If it stays like this spring is going to start in January.

Danielle

It is fascinating to think of Omaha in that way. I must admit I tend to be a 'the grass is always greener over there' sort of person. I have not had much interest in reading about where I live as it seems so very boring to me, but I have this interest now in reading about it and discovering how little I really know. I do hope I can go see her home--I am sure I would love it--the problem is always that I have no one to go with and as I have no car it makes for visiting these places so very difficult. But maybe I can talk my sister into going with me sometime. If I do I will most certainly share photos!

Danielle

It's been weird here, too. Hardly no snow--for which I am thankful even though I am sure we need the moisture, but so very, very cold. I am tired of it and am ready for spring. Is it not usually very mild there? I thought since you are so close to the ocean it would be fairly temperate?

Penny

I've been on a bit of a Bess Streeter Aldrich kick since Christmastime, Danielle, starting with Journey Into Christmas, a collection of Christmas stories by Aldrich. That led to a library visit and four more books, two of collected short stories. It was "A Lantern in Her Hand" that had me in the library, which I devoured during the polar vortex. It is also set in Nebraska and captures the pioneer spirit, starting with a small frontier town of Chicago and traveling/settling in Nebraska. You might enjoy this one.

Kathy

I'm glad you didn't suffer any frostbite, Danielle. It has certainly been a cold winter in most parts of the US. (It's finally cold here in FL, but nowhere near what it is up north.) This sounds like an interesting read--I had a blonde and lovely friend who was always more popular than I was as a teenager. (She's quite a lovely person, also. We're still friends!)

I like your idea of reading books set in Nebraska and the midwest. One of my goals has been to read Florida books--both fiction and non-fiction. It's fun to recognize place names, and I'd like to know more about the place I live. There's always something of interest about every place. Florida has a lot of weirdness connected with it, so it can be entertaining reading! (Try reading Carl Hiaasen's work, for one!)

iliana

I guess I shouldn't complain too much about Texas weather :) Although I do think this winter has been colder than others. I bet you are going to find out so many more interesting facts and stories about your State. What a great project, Danielle!

Danielle

I have A Lantern in Her Hand actually--I was going to read it, but then decided to read The Lieutenant's Lady instead. I was thinking of giving The Rim of the Prairie a try next, but I am not sure yet--I have some other books to read while I am deciding! :) She is one of those authors who I have been aware of for so long but dismissed as I tend not to want to read Nebraska-related books. I guess it is all a matter of timing--all of a sudden Nebraska/Plains stories appeal to me. How are her short stories? Did you enjoy them? I will have to give them a try since I am also on a short story kick at the moment. I enjoyed this and think I will try and read a biography of her as well.

Danielle

I shouldn't really complain as it could be worse--we could have snow on top of the cold but we've had very little snow this year. There were a couple of days where it was dangerously cold and it seemed silly to risk standing on bus stops. Now we are back to just 'normal' cold.

I am really into my Nebraska reading all of a sudden. I guess I have just not been all that interested in reading about the things I 'think' I already know--always opting for more exotic locales. But if the other books I choose end up being as good as this one, I think I like Nebraska as a reading destination after all. It is fun reading about the city in a different era and imagining what it must have been like. I think Carl Hiaasen is the only Florida author I am familiar with (there are probably more that I just don't realize are from FL). I really must give him a try sometime--he does seem pretty wild--I have one or two of his books.

Danielle

It's all relative, isn't it? Of course in the summer when it is so hot there I think I am not so envious! :) I have lots of books on my pile that are regional reads so it will be fun giving them a go. I tend to like really exotic settings, but I am finding Nebraska/midwest books more interesting than I have given them credit for.

Kathy

If you have it, Skinny Dip is pretty entertaining!

Caroline

I wouldn't do wee with cold like that. No pioneer spirit on that front.
Isn't is strange when a book is set in the city we live in ? I always found it natural when I was in Paris but in a smaller city like Basel? I hardly know books set here - at least not famous ones with the exception of Hesse's Steppenwolf but as far as I remember the city is hard to recognise, no street names are mentioned.

Caroline

Oops - "wee" should have been "well".
I'd be so glad if I finally found out how to turn off the autocorrection.

Penny

I've enjoyed Aldrich's short stories that I have read, Danielle. There are at least two volumes of her stories that were mostly printed in women's magazines throughout much of the 20th century and are varied, with many about other times and places than Nebraska's plains. You've actually been the one to renew my interest in short stories, although it was Nan from Letters from a Hill Farm who introduced me to Bess Aldrich.

Danielle

Isn't it nice when it all comes together--I am very influenced by other readers, too! I'm so glad you have picked up short stories--I love them and now am reading several a week, though I only write about one or two at most. I have had several of Bess Streeter Aldrich's books on my shelves for years now so it was nice to finally give her a try--I will most definitely read more later and will check out her short stories, too!

Danielle

I'm all for entertaining! I don't have that one but have duly added it to my wishlist and will look for a copy at the used bookstore--I bet I will find him there!

Danielle

I can't think of another book--at least that I've read in the near past that is set in Omaha, so it was quite entertaining to get a glimpse of it in this book. It would only happen in regional literature so I am sure I'll come across it again--certainly Willa Cather has written about Nebraska even if not Omaha. It's sort of fun. I love reading about Paris, even though I don't really know it--have visited a few times but that was years and years ago--I only know enough to have some visuals in mind, but with a good writer they can make a place really come alive. And I am not in the least fond of cold--I can handle regular average cold, but this COLD that we have been getting has been really unpleasant and I am ready for spring and nicer weather.

Danielle

My computer is set so that incorrect words get a read line underneath which I can ignore or correct--I hate the autofill and autocorrect features--I don't like it when a computer 'takes control' of things.... :)

Christy (A Good Stopping Point)

I enjoy much of American "regional" fiction - like Ivan Doig for Montana, Lee Smith for Appalachia, Daniel Woodrell for the Ozarks. I'll have to check out some of Aldrich's works for sure. Thanks for the review!

Stefanie

Isn't it fun to read books set in an area you know and recognize? I hope you are able to get out to the author's house sometime, that would be a fun field trip!

Danielle

I like Bess Streeter Aldrich and very much look forward to reading more of her work. If you like regional stories I think you will like her! I have always meant to read Ivan Doig--have picked up his books a few time but as yet haven't gotten around to reading them. I have heard of Lee Smith--must check her out now, but Daniel Woodrell is new to me. Thanks for the suggestions!

Danielle

I hope to see where she lived, too. I don't think it is too far outside of Omaha--maybe I can talk my sister into going with me! I do get a kick out of reading about places I am familiar with--sort of weird to read about streets I walk every day--but the story is set in the 1800s--and funny to think that Omaha was such an up and coming, bustling metropolis!

Christy (A Good Stopping Point)

For Lee Smith, I would recommend Fair and Tender Ladies. For Woodrell, I would recommend Winter's Bone. I don't have a specific recommendation for Doig - though I enjoyed The Whistling Season, I've seen others have mixed reactions to it, so I'm not as confident in recommending it to others.

Danielle

Thanks for the titles. Ivan Doig has loads of books and I didn't even know where to start. I will look for Lee Smith in the public library (though the library where I work might just have one or two of her books). My library has one or two by Woodrell, but now I can't remember which. I will definitely check them out!

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