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The Education of Little Tree

I highly recommend this book. It is written by Forrest Carter and is a true story of a Cherokee boy who goes to live with his mountain-folk grandparents after his parents die. It takes place in the 1930's and is just full of wisdom.

I read this:

"Granpa said if God was as narrer-headed as them idjits that done the arguin' about piddlin' such, then Heaven wouldn't be a fit place to live anyhow. Which sounds reasonable."

and found myself smiling and nodding in agreement. It was after a description of the arguments the people of different branches of the Christian faith had about baptism and what to call the preacher.


Okay, this book prompted me to start a list, feel free to add your own.

You know you're reading a great book when:

~you put a book in the bathroom to read during those special alone times and you find yourself taking a half hour to pee.

~you can read at Chuck E. Cheese and totally ignore two 10 year olds under your care who are screaming your name.

~you put a book in the bathroom and you start taking diuretics and laxatives. (I haven't done this one--yet)

~you get so carried away into the story, that you are surprised when you look up and see you're still in your house.

~you want desperately to read what happens next, but you never want the book to end.

~you feel at a loss when the book is over.

~you refer to the characters in regular conversation.

~your entire left side falls asleep because you haven't moved in hours.

~your entire right side falls asleep because, after you rolled over, you didn't move for hours.


Books I consider great (feel free to add to this list too):

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter

Among the Hidden

The Downsiders

Alas, Babylon

The Man Who Loved Clowns

Anything by Rob Thomas (not the singer, the author)

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

1984 by George Orwell

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb

Stones From the River by Ursula Hegi

And these aren't books, but poems that should be read aloud and enjoyed for the simple sound of the words strung together:

"The Hollow Men" by T. S. Eliot

"Directive" by Robert Frost

And many, many more which I cannot remember titles of at this time.

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