I’m heading north to spend the summer working at a girls’ wilderness camp in northern Minnesota, and I’m thrilled. It’s a wonderful counterpart to a year spent in a bookstore and at my desk. There’s in-camp time, when I’ll have one class I’m marginally qualified to teach (Storytelling) and one I’m not at all (Yoga: “Assume the, um, Wounded Caterpillar pose…”).
We also take smaller groups of girls into Ontario for ten-day canoe trips, which are glorious. Snow in July, matted French braids, fingers so sore you can hear them crepitate when you wake up, reeking of campfire and sweat, hauling your food and gear and boats through deadfall-strewn portages, almost capsizing when your ten-year-old bowman decides it’d be great fun to pee off the side of the boat…
Yeah. It’s amazing.
I’m guessing that blog posts will be few and far between (by which I mean “nonexistent”). I’ll be trying to squeeze in revisions for The Land of Ten Pounds of Marijuana, and the rest of my computer time will be spent assuring my mother that I have been killed neither by a bear nor by my campers going all Lord of the Flies on me. (Which sometimes seems a distinct possibility.) So to kick off a few months of absentia, and to celebrate my escape to the land of ten thousand lakes and ten bazillion mosquitoes, here’s a giveaway!
This tricolon is entitled, “Books Set in M-States, Which Kate Either Adores or Owns So Many Copies Of That Her Bookshelves Look Really Egotistical.”
1. The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by emily m. danforth
I’ve raved about this book before. It’s set in Montana and it’s gorgeous. I’m so impressed by books that manage to be lyrical but also funny, and this is one of them.
2. Empire Falls, by Richard Russo
Another of my all-time favorites. And it’s set in Maine! And it won the Pulitzer! And it’s hilarious and heart-breaking (much like Cam Post, in fact). And, writers, if you’ve ever struggled with making a limited third-person voice sound like a character and not just like narration, Russo will show you how it’s done. (From personal experience, however, I will say that seeing it done well does not really make it any easier.) (That’s sort of the main problem with writing, isn’t it?)
(“Did she really just link to her own About Me page?” “Yes. Yes, she did.”)
I won’t say I adore this book, but I do own a veritable crapload of copies. And it’s set in Minnesota! So even though I may have to package it separately lest those cool besunglasséd kids on the front start getting Ideas about their Literary Merit, it’s the final piece of the tricolon.
Here’s what Leila Roy had to say about Vigilante Poets over on the Kirkus blog. (Which is so nice I pretty much started weeping.)
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