Awesome Authors #3: John Grisham

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This installment of Awesome Authors covers one of my all-time favorites, John Grisham. I give partial credit to him for leading me to pursue my Paralegal Studies degree, and developing my initial interest in the field of law. I aspire to own all of his books, someday! I need to pre-order his newest book, Camino Island.

He’s smart, sharp, and he writes really good books!


The Pelican Brief (1992)

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This was the first Grisham book I read. My own copy is well-loved. I tend to re-read it at least once or twice every year.

The movie adaptation (1993) is one of my absolute favorites! Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington were perfect co-stars.

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town (2006)

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This book sparks the clearest memory for me – I stumbled upon it in high school, at the Chesapeake library, probably right after it was published. I love true crime stories, so I remember flying through it. I have my own copy, so I’ll probably re-read it at some point in the near future.

The Whistler (2016)

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You can check out my review of Grisham’s latest work here:

A Time to Kill (1989)

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I don’t remember when I first read it, but I didn’t realize it was his first novel until much later!

Theodore Boone series (2010-present)

I have some catching up to do, but I’ve read Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (2010), and Theodore Boone: The Abduction (2011) thus far. I found both of them at the Chesapeake libraries, and I’m working on getting copies of all six books.

I need to read Theodore Boone: The Accused (2012), Theodore Boone: The Activist (2013), Theodore Boone: The Fugitive (2015), and Theodore Boone: The Scandal (2016).

Theo is a good kid, and Grisham is a decent writer for kids!

A large number of Grisham’s novels / original works have been adapted for the screen:

  1. The Firm (1993 film, 2011-2012 TV series)
  2. The Pelican Brief (1993)
  3. The Client (1994 film, 1995-1996 TV series)
  4. The Chamber (1996)
  5. A Time to Kill (1996 film, 2011 stage play)
  6. The Rainmaker (1997)
  7. The Gingerbread Man (manuscript, 1998)
  8. A Painted House (2003 TV movie)
  9. Runaway Jury (2003)
  10. The Street Lawyer (2003 TV pilot)
  11. Mickey (2004)
  12. Skipping Christmas (Christmas with the Kranks, 2004)
  13. The Associate (TBA)
  14. The Testament (TBA)
  15. Calico Joe (TBA)

He’s also published four collections of short stories, and three works of non-fiction.


What about you? Have you read any of John Grisham’s books?

Come back in late April for another installment of Awesome Authors!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Awesome Authors #2: Lois Lowry

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This installment of Awesome Authors is all about Lois Lowry. She is a prolific writer. Fun fact: She lived at Fort Jay on Governors Island for a while, which is where I lived for the first two years of my life!

She’s written over 30 books!


A Summer to Die (1977)

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I can’t remember when I first read this one (probably in high school), but it’s always stuck with me. This is one book that I think about often, and I definitely want to get my own copy. Without fail, I always cry when I read this one.

Anastasia series (1979-1995)

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I loved these books as a kid! They were so funny. There are nine books in all.

Lowry also wrote a four-book series about Anastasia’s brother, Sam (1988-1999).

Number The Stars (1989)

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I was assigned to read this in either fourth or fifth grade; I can’t remember which one. At the time, I struggled immensely in understanding this book. I remember how frustrated I was with the quizzes and tests on it!

A few years later, I re-read it, and it struck me how she beautifully told the story of a little girl in a tragic time. This is a hard book for me to re-read, but I have read it multiple times. I find that I gain a greater appreciation for it each time I do.

The Giver (1993)

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Confession: I’ve never read this book the whole way through. I started and stopped several times while I was in school. The last time I tried, I think I was in high school.

However, I watched the movie adaptation (2014) with Al last year, and seeing that inspired me to finally read it all the way through. It’s on my TBR!

The other thing I learned, in researching for this post, is there’s actually a full quartet of books:

  1. The Giver
  2. Gathering Blue
  3. Messenger
  4. Son

The whole quartet’s going on my list.

I’m also a big fan of the Dear America / My Name is America / The Royal Diaries books – I want to own all of them, someday. Because of this post, I just realized that Lowry wrote Dear America: Like The Willow Tree (2011).

Another book of hers that I want to read is Autumn Street (1980).


What about you? Have you read any of Lois Lowry’s books?

Come back in late March for another installment of Awesome Authors!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Awesome Authors #1: F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Recently, I was feeling inspired by several posts from the awesome Logical Quotes. I decided that I wanted to turn some of them into a new series!

Here’s the original post that started it all:


Welcome to my “Awesome Authors” debut. I plan to publish a new post about a different author every few weeks.

Enjoy!

I first learned about F. Scott Fitzgerald in high school. We had to read The Great Gatsby (1925) for one of my English classes. I quickly fell head over heels for the book, and the man who wrote it. This is one book that I re-read, at least once, every single year.

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After reading this thought-provoking novel, I ended up doing a significant research paper / project on Fitzgerald and his other works.

He published four novels before his death in 1940, including The Great Gatsby, and one was released posthumously.

This Side of Paradise (1920)

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The Beautiful and the Damned (1922)

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Tender is the Night (1934)

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The Last Tycoon (1941)

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Fitzgerald was also known for his novellas and collections of short stories.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (1922)

  • First published in Colliers Magazine
  • Later anthologized in Tales of the Jazz Age
  • Occasionally published as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age Stories

Tales of the Jazz Age (1922)

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While researching for this post, I was excited to learn that a new short story collection is being published in April!

  • I’d Die For You. And Other Lost Stories, edited by: Anne Margaret Daniel (New York: Simon & Schuster, April 2017)

Working on this new series of posts has made me want to add Fitzgerald’s books and stories to my next TBR update. Other than Gatsby, the last time I read his other works was around 2006-2007, and I want to read them from an adult’s perspective, rather than a senior in high school for a class assignment.

Look for the next installment of Awesome Authors some time in February!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂