Saturday, August 10, 2013

MIssouri Statehood: Authors from the Show-Me State

On this day in 1821, Missouri became the 24th state. To celebrate, today we look at some Missouri authors.


Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown. Kendra's brother, Grayson has severe OCD and must live his life to strict routines. Kendra aims for perfection so her family doesn't have to worry about her, but it leads to a cheating scandal. To avoid the fallout, she takes Grayson on a roadtrip, taking him way out of his comfort zone. Brown lives near Kansas City.

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler. Chelsea's on her way to a full ride to college when she falls during a game. Her basketball career is over. Not only is she physically injured, but emotionally she can't figure out who she is or where she's going now that she can't play. She spends the summer at a rehab boot camp, where she meets Clint and is torn between him and her boyfriend back home. Schindler is from Springfield.

If He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin. Autumn and Finn have grown up together, and seem fated to end up together... eventually, if only they could get their timing right, but tragedy strikes and nothing works out the way it should. Nowlin lives in St. Louis.


Selected Poems by TS Eliot. Because all self-respecting broody, artsy types should be able to quote large sections of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "The Wasteland." Eliot was born in St. Louis.

Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein. In this future, only military are allowed to be citizens and to vote. Juan joins, but boot camp is designed to weed out the weak and is one of the toughest in history. Juan survives, only to face battle in an inter-galactic war. Heinlein is widely considered to be science fiction's greatest writer and this is often cited as his greatest work. He was born in Butler.

In the Bag by Kate Klise. When Andrew takes a chance and leaves a note in Daisy's luggage, she takes it the wrong way. But, Daisy's daughter Coco and Andrew's son Webb accidentally switch bags at the luggage carousel, the four start an email correspondance that the others don't know about. Teens will enjoy the look into the love lives of the their parents, and how much the two sides mis-assume about the other. Klise lives in Norwood.


Venom by Fiona Paul. Renaissance Venice seems to be the place for secret societies! When Cassandra finds a murdered woman with an 'x' carved on her chest, she's drawn into a murder investigation filled with conspiracies and secret societies and the underbelly of the elite. Glittering and steamy, follow it with Belladonna. Paul lives in St. Louis.

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. Everyone's taken aback when Piper starts managing the band Dumb. Even if Piper weren't hearing impaired (which she is. Severely.) she's not the type of student one associates with managing a cool high school band. But, when she discovers that her parents have just spent her college fund to get cochlear implants for her baby sister, well, maybe this band thing will be a way to make some money. John lives in St. Louis.

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer. Vlad has always known he was half-vampire, but what that's means, he's never been sure. School is bad enough with bullies, an English teacher that may know too much, but with Vlad's growing thirst for blood, things aren't about to improve anytime soon. The first in a series, there's also a companion series, told by Vlad's ex-friend-turned-slayer. It starts with First Kill. Brewer lives in St. Louis.

Who are your favorite authors from Missouri?

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