I needed a book set in North Dakota to finish my 50-state journey of reading across the United States.
“From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich comes this vibrant tale of abandonment and sexual obsession, jealousy, and unstinting love.”
Karl and Mary Adare are dumped by a useless mother and make their way separately in life–meeting up at various moments. Mary stays on in Argos, North Dakota where the pair have been sent with their baby brother to stay with an Aunt. This book covers about the next forty or so years of their life of ordinariness interrupted with things like a chef suffering food poisoning.
The reviewers must have read a different book. By the middle, I’d rather have harvested beets in the field by hand. The “comedy” in the book was barely worthy of a smirk. This book was simply DULL. I think life in North Dakota is less dull than this. At least in Minot, there’s an Air Force base.
3 Stars at best
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My Journey Across the United States in Books
For many states, it was hard to choose just one for this post. For others such as North Dakota, Rhode Island, Delaware, Nevada, and Wyoming, I had to do some research to find something. Most are novels, but occasionally I’ve used a nonfiction book. When there were multiple titles to choose from, I’ve simply chosen my favorite. I have read these over my lifetime–not just since blogging came into being. I’ve included D.C. and Puerto Rico in my list as well. Are you on this journey? Leave me a comment or a link. I’d love to see your choices!
Note: Hyperlinked titles are linked to my reviews
Titles in bold are all-time favorite books
Memorializing the trip with cover photos would be fun!
Here’s the perfect map to use…
Save copies of book covers from Amazon or elsewhere, print them out in color, and add them to the frame. I might just do this!!
If you are interested in seeing all 50 states in person, this article is for you!
As you are working your way around the country in person? Then you might want to chart your progress with some of these trackers:
50 States Travel Journal
This Land is Your Land