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 Category:  General Non-Fiction
  Posted: July 25, 2020      Views: 62

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I wrote a human interest column for three newspapers and front page feature stories for a monthly publication in Metro Atlanta for nearly 20 years. I currently free lance for a local magazine. I conducted workshops in schools and correctional facilit - more...

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"How Novel" by Susan Larson



It started with a sleepless night. I got up and pulled up Amazon on the Internet, just to browse, and discovered you can do online book reviews for the whole world to read. So, I scrolled through, found some books I'd read and typed in my two cents worth. In the wee hours, I logged off, went to bed and forgot about it.

About a month later, I got a mysterious E-mail from someone with a foreign sounding name.

It read: "I've just read your enthusiastic review of Snow Falling on Cedars on Amazon.com, and I agree with you. As a European reader, I especially was fascinated by the way the American Northwest was conjured and beautifully depicted. It definitely gives us in Europe a different face of America than the places that dominate the news (New York, Washington, Los Angeles).

May I ask you for a favor? Could you recommend any other books that convey the spirit of an American region as splendidly as this one did, for a reader in Europe like myself? I am part of a large reading group that is slowly discovering different parts of contemporary America through its fiction, and I would love to introduce my colleagues to other books like "Snow Falling." In exchange, I can suggest European novels that are equivalent,

Through further correspondence, my e-mail pal went on to say that, in Europe, like in America, certain politically correct books are hyped by the media, while many good ones are discovered only by word of mouth. Or on Amazon reviews.

How novel.

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