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November 1st is National Author's Day - Who is your favorite author?

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November first is the day set aside as the day to celebrate your favorite author(s).

Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, President of the Bement Illinois Women's Club, suggested it in 1928 as a means of thanking her favorite author, Irving Bacheller - author of "Eben Holden's Last Day A Fishin." The U.S. Department of Commerce recognized the date of November 1st as National Author's Day in 1949.

What better way to celebrate than to spend a few minutes sharing who your favorite authors are, as well as sharing your personal favorite books that they've written.

Regardless of your preferred genre, please give us your top five 'must reads'.

For additional fun, please tell us which book you would recommend others read if they could only read one book.

Fly a flag, write your favorite author a letter or send them an email, buy a book or write one, share the words of your favorite author with someone you love!

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Ronda Miller 3 years, 5 months ago

We frequently need refresher courses. We're older, remember? Lol. How was your birthday?

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Multidisciplinary 3 years, 5 months ago

Hey, I thought I taught you peeps not to ask and answer questions that are security questions for your passwords.

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autie 3 years, 5 months ago

As for just plain good stories, Arthur is an authority as an author, as audacious as any author ought to be. Conan Doyle that is.

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Ronda Miller 3 years, 5 months ago

I'll investigate her work. Thanks, sis.

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Ronda Miller 3 years, 5 months ago

I'll investigate her work. Thanks, sis.

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justmesis 3 years, 5 months ago

Most probably haven't read Mem Fox. I read her often to the children.

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Nick Yoho 3 years, 5 months ago

My father, Max Yoho, of course! He writes very humorous fiction. His newest book,"With the Wisdom of Owls" is recently released. Look for him at book signings all around the local area. He is a local, multi-award winning Kansas author! I'd recommend his first book, "The Revival" if you like to laugh, and read about small town Kansas in the '40s.

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Ronda Miller 3 years, 5 months ago

Enchanting is an interesting choice of words, Pace. I'd go more with enlightening, gifted, bizarre, unique, wacko, creative. ..... Ok, I'll go with 'intriguing'.

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pace 3 years, 5 months ago

I find the prose of William S. Burroughs enchanting.

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oldvet 3 years, 5 months ago

Living - W.E.B. Griffin and Tom Clancy

Deceased - James Michener and Alexandre Dumas

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Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 5 months ago

Larry Flynt... but I mostly skip over the words.

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ilovelucy 3 years, 5 months ago

Barbara Kingsolver, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Justin Cronin, Philippa Gregory, Jonathan Franzen, JD Salinger, Willa Cather.

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fleeba 3 years, 5 months ago

My favorite author is Larry Niven. Although he's won awards for Ringworld, I highly suggest anyone new to his work read Intregal Trees or Destiny's Road!

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Ronda Miller 3 years, 5 months ago

Agreed, I have to be in a specific mind set to enjoy some authors - even some of my favorite ones. Then there are those who just plan change my mood or mindset and carry me far, far away.

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seriouscat 3 years, 5 months ago

Just went through this whole list and may have missed but...

no love for Twain? whassup?

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seriouscat 3 years, 5 months ago

No particular order or relation:

Barbara Kingsolver- Poisonwood Bible JM Coetszee - Life and Times of Michael K DeLillo- White Noise Isabelle Allende- House of the Spirits John Kennedy Toole- Confederacy of Dunces Truman Capote - In Cold Blood Margaret Atwood- Handmaid's Tale Langston Hughes- poetry Whitman- poetry

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ShePrecedes 3 years, 5 months ago

Am rereading Robert Heinlein: REVOLT IN 2100 just now. Notable quote so far:

The man who condones the sin because he enjoys the results of the sin is equally guilty of the sin.

Successful revolution is big business – make no mistake about that. In a modern, complex, and highly industrialized state, revolution is not accomplished by a handful of conspirators whispering around a guttering candle in a deserted ruin. It requires countless personnel, supplies, modern machinery and modern weapons. And to handle these factors successfully there must be loyalty, secrecy, and superlative organization.

I think perhaps of all the things a police state can do to its citizens, distorting history is the most pernicious.

…Secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy… censorship. When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, “This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,” the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy its motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked: contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything – you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.

http://www.quotableheinlein.com/html/home.html

Faulkner once wrote about the vanishing wilderness, and an Indian guide on a bear hunt. I am sure I am not going to quote this exactly, but I am hoping you get the concept. The Indian guide was ageless to this young boy. The Indian guide looked as tho the wrinkles in his face had back into his skin by thousands of campfires: It was as tho he walked thru time as he did thru air, to age him no more than air would.

Now that i am sure is not an exact quote, but you get the idea. It comes from memory. Like Allende, Eco, Heinlein, Shakespeare, Dick, ... Faulkner is amazing!!

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ShePrecedes 3 years, 5 months ago

Robert A. Heinlein Isabel Allende Umberto Eco Philip K Dick William Faulkner Shakespeare

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lonelane_1 3 years, 5 months ago

Lots of great authors & books already mentioned but I don't see one of my all time favorites: Tom Robbins. My two favorites of his are "Another Roadside Attraction" and "Jitterbug Perfume." Among his others are "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" and "Still Life with Woodpecker."

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Boosh 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm glad to see my two favorite authors, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams here.

I often wonder at how few people know of Pratchett.

I am partial to Adams Dirk Gently books, slightly, over H2G2. His "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul" is a masterpiece in my opinion.

Both authors are laugh out loud funny :-)

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obamarocks 3 years, 5 months ago

H.P. Lovecraft and Charles Sheffield.

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acg 3 years, 5 months ago

I love Stephen King, Koontz and James Patterson. I also like Nora Roberts, but prefer her alter ego JD Robb. I like Stuart Woods, Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy. I also really like Tammy Hoag, John Grisham and Patricia Cornwell. If I'm going to go with a classic, though, I prefer Dickens. He paints a very vivid picture with his words. It's a generally morbid and sad picture, but vivid nonetheless.

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Christina Hoffman 3 years, 5 months ago

The Body Farm, by Patricia Cornwell one of my favorites. The Giver, By Lois Lowry wonderful wonderful book. I also am a fan of love stories so Nicolas Sparks is great to. I also love How do dinosaurs say goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague super cute story my kids love.

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Catzilla 3 years, 5 months ago

Overall, Gore Vidal. He has a great knack for making historical figures sound so bitchy.

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kernal 3 years, 5 months ago

I can't pick just one! When I was a kid I read every Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book, Treasure Island, Ivanhoe, Kidnapped, Robin Hood, Little Women, Little Men, etc. In high school I loved the Bronte sisters, Catcher in the Rye, Asphalt Jungle, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and other books that seem to get banned or are controversial these days. Since then, it's been a big mix. Right now I'm reading a Stuart Woods book and Brothers Karamozov: brain candy and a classic.

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JayCat_67 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm quite partial to Douglas Adams myself. The "Hitchhiker's Guide" books are hilarious once you get the British humor (or should I say "humour") Who else would describe the knack to flying as the ability to throw yourself and the ground and miss?

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thuja 3 years, 5 months ago

Cormac McCarthy- Blood Meridian is awesome Annie Proulx if I were to name two.

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riverdrifter 3 years, 5 months ago

Lots of good authors mentioned here. I like Craig Childs (The Secret Knowledge of Water, House of Rain) and Rick Bass (Oil Notes). Both live off-grid at far-flung places in the west.

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Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 5 months ago

For my top three, Mary O'Hara, whose first three novels all made it to movies (the first one TWICE!), and the first also made it to a TV show.

'My Friend Flicka' - 2 movies, one TV show 'Thunderhead' - one movie 'Green Grass of Wyoming' - one movie Clean sweep for an author's first three novels! That made history!

And for two more, Mark Twain's 'Tom Sawyer' 'Huckleberry Finn'

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grammaddy 3 years, 5 months ago

Alice Walker of"Color Purple" fame. My favorite book by her was "The Temple of My Familiar".

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Jay_lo 3 years, 5 months ago

Haven't had the chance to do much reading in quite some time. Used to love it, and passed that on to my daughter who is an avid reader. I guess with that being done I pretty much retired.

Used to really like Asimov and Bradbury. Loved The Postman by David Brin, didn't care for the direction it took in Costner's movie version.

Time constraints eventually drove me to short stories to get my sci-fi fix, and I have boxes of Asimov's Sclence Fiction Digest stored somewhere.

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schula 3 years, 5 months ago

When I was younger, I read almost all of the Nancy Drew series of books and Agatha Christie, as well.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 5 months ago

Robert E. Howard's up near the top of my list. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith and Lovecraft changed the way fantasy and horror would be written for rest of the 20th Century..

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pace 3 years, 5 months ago

I really like David Ohle, edgy and interesting. I don't have a favorite, way too narrow way of looking at what books do.

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mom_of_three 3 years, 5 months ago

For humor, P. S. Wall is one of my favorites If I Were a Man, I'd Marry Me and My Love Is Free... But the Rest of Me Don't Come Cheap

Shiloh - Shelby Foote Confederates in the Attic - Tony Horwitz

Historical fiction, non-fiction, biography - I have no time to read, but I love 'em. Been working on the Shelby Foote Civil War books for three years now. Still in the first book! No time, I tell ya, no time.

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Finnbar1 3 years, 5 months ago

Favorite book of all time: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith I just recommended 'A Tree Grows...' this past weekend to someone at the bookstore. Favorite author: Bill Bryson. Favorite book by BB: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. Paul Theroux. favorite book of his: 'Pillars of Hercules' Colm McCann: 'Let the Great World Spin' Shel Silverstein; 'The Giving Tree' is my favorite but I like 'Where the Sidewalk Ends' and 'Light in the Attic' too. Current favorite. 'Being Donnacha' written by Tom Prendergast.. Donnacha Rynne is Irish and this is his story so far about being born with wih cerebral palsy and he developed multiple sclerosis in his early 20's. One of his favorite expressions is "the nowness of life" This is just a beautiful book about a beautiful man.

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geekin_topekan 3 years, 5 months ago

Me.

You may have read some of my stuff.

War and Peace.

Umm.. A Tale of Two Cities.

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Ronda Miller 3 years, 5 months ago

Pratchett is astounding. Imagine having the creativity AND drive to get published at 13. Genius anyone.

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zikzak 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks to the following and in no particular order: Ray Bradbury Stephen King J. K. Rowling Dan Simmons George R.R. Martin Neil Gaiman Terry Pratchett

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Romans832 3 years, 5 months ago

I'd have to agree about Chronicles of Narnia. I especially liked "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe." I had not been exposed to it until just before I started grad school, although I know they are supposed to be "children's stories." I "loaned" the boxed set to someone and haven't seen it since. Some day, I'll buy a replacement.

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i_tching 3 years, 5 months ago

Margaret Atwood- I've always been a fan. Plath- small output but very high quality. Richard Dawkins- good science writer. Andrew Vachss- a lawyer who defends abused children. He writes to supplement his practice. Raymond Carver- America's greatest short story writer.

Most people don't read books. They don't go to bookstores nor libraries. When they do buy a book, they rarely get past the first 17 pages.

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Ronda Miller 3 years, 5 months ago

Cait, thanks for the link. I'm not familiar with either, but I'm particularily interested in the children's series. I'll do some reading!

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Cait McKnelly 3 years, 5 months ago

Steve Berry (Currently reading The Paris Vendetta). This man makes Dan Brown look like a rank amateur (which he is but we won't go there, not to mention Berry's output is 3X Brown's.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Berry_(novelist)

Best childhood series EVARRR. Susan Cooper and The Dark is Rising series. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Co... The set that I own was given to me by my mother as a 30th birthday present almost thirty years ago. My children and my grandchildren have read all of them. It's a legacy.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 5 months ago

Where do I start? . . .

Dean Koontz Robert Hienlein Arthur C Clarke George Orwell Ray Bradbury Kurt Vonnegut Frank Herbert Anthony Burgess . . . .

Are you seeing a trend here?

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Ronda Miller 3 years, 5 months ago

Fleming is a terrific author!

Wow, it is difficult to break it down!

My favorite book of all time is Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. My other top picks are anything by Poe, in part because we're having an affair, William Faulkner (where we got my son's first name of Vardaman - As I Lay Dying), The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by McCullers, Sylvia Plath, Dean Koontz, Walt Whitman, and southern author Harry Crews. I love Stephen King too. If I'm going to read SciFi, make it Gunn or Roe!

I adored The Black Stallion series as a child.

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schula 3 years, 5 months ago

A few more of my favorite authors:

Stuart Woods, the Stone Barrington series -- Stone is former NYPD but now an attorney. He gets into lots of trouble.

Donna Andrews -- she writes the Meg Lanslow murder series.

Linda Lael Miller -- she writes romance that takes place out West, historical and modern

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justmesis 3 years, 5 months ago

Hey sis! Haven't seen your list yet! I know that Poe is right up there at the top of the list.

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Benjamin Roberts 3 years, 5 months ago

J.R.R. Tolkien - The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings trilogy. Anything, except The Silmarillion.

Robert Jordan - The Wheel of Time series. Unfortunately, he died before completing the series; it is being completed by Brandon Sanderson.

Terry Brooks - The Landover series.

Alex Haley - Roots: The Saga of an American Family.

Iris Johansen - The "Eve Duncan" series.

L. Frank Baum - The Wizard of Oz series.

C.S. Lewis - The Chronicles of Narnia.

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slowplay 3 years, 5 months ago

Too many to list. From Dickens and Agatha Christie to Ken Follet and Louis L'Amour.

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justmesis 3 years, 5 months ago

The Nora Roberts are also some of my favorites Schula! My five favorite books would be: 1. "Freckles" by Gene Stratton-Porter This was a child hood favorite and still is. 2. "The Clan of the Cave Bear " series by Jean M. Auel 3. "The Robe" By Lloyd C. Douglas 4. " The Shack" by William P. Young a believe this is a must read 5. any book by Stephen King.

I love books in any genre and read every day.

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75x55 3 years, 5 months ago

Whitaker Chambers, Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad when you have the time to devote and do justice to him.

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autie 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm going to say either Dr. Suess or John Irving. Maybe Michael Malone...I don't know.

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Ronda Miller 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks, Schula. I'm guessing you have the series and are willing to lend? :)

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schula 3 years, 5 months ago

I would suggest the first book in her current series, called Vision in White. It is a four book series and the fourth book comes out tomorrow.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 5 months ago

RoBERT e.cRUMb & gabro fonte'

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Ronda Miller 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks, Schula. Which book of Roberts would you suggest for someone reading her for the first time?

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schula 3 years, 5 months ago

My favorite author is Nora Roberts. I love the romance and mystery that she writes. She has a new book out tomorrow that I will be purchasing.

I also like Diana Gabaldon. She writes the Outlander series, a time travel romance.

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