Jeremy Aldrich -- January 23rd, 2009
You may not feel like you have much time for reading lately, but if you did, here are some books by local authors and/or with some connection to the area:
Stain the Water Clear is a collection of essays by Luanne Austin, who still writes occasional columns for the DNR under the “Rural Pen” name (used to be “Yankee Doodlin”). Luanne is a thoughtful, introspective writer (and a great friend for those who know her) whose open mind and bedrock Christian faith have been inspiring readers for years.
Ekeland County: A Novel in Stories is a Garrison Keillor-esque look at life in a fictional setting that will feel very familiar to local readers. My former colleague Wendell Shank co-wrote the book with his friend Austin Jenkins. Alternately funny and poignant, it makes a great bedside book.
And for those who prefer books with lots of pictures, the Images of America series has photographic histories of several area locales. I highly recommend the book covering Harrisonburg’s history.
What other books by local authors or which are set in local places are on your list of must-reads?