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Old 05-29-2014, 03:11 PM
 
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I recently read an ebook written by a local IT guy in Alabama. "The Lamar Spangler Story" is about an average help desk guy with an intriguing life story. Anyone else read any odd local books?
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Old 05-30-2014, 06:53 AM
 
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I recently read an ebook written by a local IT guy in Alabama. "The Lamar Spangler Story" is about an average help desk guy with an intriguing life story. Anyone else read any odd local books?
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:24 AM
 
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"Fishing for Greatness: The Guide to the Management of Mind and Body" by Dr. Lee Huff.
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Old 05-31-2014, 08:53 AM
 
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"The Oracle of Oracle: Creating More Work Than Necessary in the Oracle Environment" Iqbal Johnston.
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Old 05-31-2014, 11:25 AM
 
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I used to work with Michael Harris, who wrote a novel, of which I read the manuscript, and I rated it an exceptionally good book. He never got it published, but he did win several Canadian national book awards later on for some nonfiction titles that he published. So there is a good book that I've had the privelige to read, along with other readers that you can count on your fingers.

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Old 05-31-2014, 06:17 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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Rudy Giecek: Venus Alley

This seems to be the only thing that Rudy Giecek ever wrote, but it's a gem. Set in Butte, Montana's fabled Dumas brothel, it's a fictionalized account of a young woman who goes to work there in 1942. I enjoyed it immensely.

Venus Alley: Rudy Giecek: 9780974708201: Amazon.com: Books
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Old 06-06-2014, 05:19 PM
 
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One interesting way to find "obscure" books that are good reading, is to look for books that have been made into movies, even if the movie was bad. Sometimes those books are not very well known at all, but somebody buys the movie rights to it, assembles a great cast, and make a boxoffice smash.

One book I really liked a lot that was made into a shallow movie was Charles Frazier's "Cold Mountain". Charles Portis' "True Grit" is a beautiful little book. Michael Ondaatje's "The English Patient" is a masterpiece of literature, and then go on from there -- it wasn't even his best book. If your only exposure to Cormac McCarthy is in the movies, you have no idea of the reading delights you are missing. They don't make movies out of books that had no redeeming values at all. I could go on. "Snow Falling ln Cedars" by David Guterson is another one.

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Old 06-10-2014, 09:33 AM
 
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My McDonald's Diet by john cisna!
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:11 AM
 
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I came across a book recently about a guy and some friends that were out in a field and the sad outcome of chiggers attacking them in sensitive places. If you're up for a good read of a seemingly stupid subject, check out "Me and My Chiggers" by Thomas Trey G.
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:18 AM
 
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Not sure if the late writer German WG Sebald is considered 'obscure' but if one's reading moves to deep reflection on how we relate to the past, present or future in light of our experiences and memories this writer has produced some books which really push the so-called 'literary imagination'. Very good.
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