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Cherish all your happy moments:
they make a fine cushion for old age.
[Booth Tarkington]

I’ve been scouring Project Gutenberg (source of the bookplate above) in my ongoing quest for free (or really inexpensive) eBooks. I’ve rediscovered an old favorite, Booth Tarkington. As a child, I read Tarkington’s Penrod and Penrod and Sam— stories about the adventures of little boys growing up around 1900. This time, I started with Tarkington’s first book, The Gentleman from Indiana. I enjoyed it and have now launched into reading his two Pulitzer Prize winning novels, The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. I’ll have plenty to read if I simply stick with Hoosier authors. A few of these include:

  • Lloyd C. Douglas, (Magnificent Obsession)
  • Ross Lockridge, Jr (Raintree County)
  • Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe series)
  • Kurt Vonnegut,Jr (Slaughterhouse Five)
  • Jessamyn West (Friendly Persuasion)
  • Lew Wallace (Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ)
  • Gene Stratton-Porter (Girl of the Limberlost)
  • James Whitcomb Riley (children’s poetry)
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