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My Pulpwood Queen Book Bag

January 24, 2011

One of the great things about book conferences is all the great books you learn about and can often get signed—personally, on the spot—by the authors.

What I hate about travel is the unpacking! I finally got around to that little task this weekend! It’s not as bad as it sounds—I didn’t really need anything from my suitcase—since the clothes were all cheerleader uniforms (think Sue Sylvester with an attitude adjustment) and other costumes—and the toiletries are all my travel duplicates…But there was one bag of treasures that I was eager to get to first and this suitcase could not wait for the weekend—it was ALL THE BOOKS!

Count ‘em—there are 24—an even two dozen in all. And I wanted to pick up even more, but was concerned I wouldn’t be able to fit them in my bag! At first I was surprised that ten—almost 42% of my stash are non-fiction. But then, many of my book clubs read a lot of non-fiction titles so it’s not that unusual… In any event, here are all of my little treasures:

Fiction Titles:

Clara and Mr. Tiffany, by Susan Vreeland

Crazy in Alabama, by March Childress, PWQ Keynote speaker

Falling Home, by Karen White

Georgia Bottoms, by Mark Childress, PWQ Keynote speaker

The Great Santini, by Pat Conroy, PWQ Keynote speaker

I Still Dream About You, by Fannie Flagg, PWQ Keynote speaker

Janeology, by Karen Harrington

The Killing Storm, by Kathryn Casey

The Kitchen Daughter, by Jael McHenry

Mother & Other Liars, by Amy Bourret

Murder at The Luther, by Kathleen Kaska

Not Between Brothers, by David Marion Wilkinson

A Place Called Wiregrass, by Michael Morris

Stressed in Scottsdale, by Marcia Fine

Nonfiction Titles:

as the sycamore grows, by Jennie Miller Helderman

Cheap Cabernet, by Cathie Beck

Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Edited by Sonny Brewer, PWQ Keynote speaker

Learning to Die in Miami, by Carlos Eire

My Reading Life, by Pat Conroy, PWQ Keynote speaker

Redefining Beauty, by Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate

Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On, by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson (which I’ve already read, but needed an autographed copy…)

Women, Food and God, by Geneen Roth

WOOF: Women Only Over 50, by Diana Black, Mary Cunningham, and Melinda Richarz Bailey

Write That Book Already, by Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark (already read that one too…)

My Reading Life is on my nightstand–which ones have you read? I’d like to hear your suggestion as to which one to shuffle to the top of the stack…



8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2011 8:40 am

    You’re an inspiration, BCC! Honored to have WOOF: Women Only Over Fifty in your suitcase!


  2. Karen J Massey permalink
    January 24, 2011 10:48 am

    Hi, I am having the same hard time looking through the books and choosing. I read Georgia Bottoms first and would recommend it. The characters are delightful and “full of it”. It was a quick read for me. I would love to be in the car on the road trip at the end. I had written Mark Childress before GF Weekend to recommend which of his books to start with, and he cryptically said, “Let me think about it, and I will get back to you.” Well, I got my answer in Jefferson. He said he knew we were getting a copy of Georgia and that is why he didn’t answer immediately. I really appreciated the book. Good reading to you.

    • January 24, 2011 12:50 pm

      Karen: Thanks for the recommendation! Mark was such a hoot when he spoke–I was hoping the book would be as fun. Cheers! MTE

  3. January 24, 2011 1:00 pm

    I’m over here wagging my tail and shaking my pom poms looking at the suitcase filled with great reads! Thanks, MTE, for including WOOF, and for being a tremendous supporter of readers and writers everywhere!!! Three Cheers to YOU! – Diana aka d.d.dawg

  4. January 24, 2011 3:24 pm

    That was so much fun, Marsha! I have so many new books on my TBR pile now, too.


    • January 24, 2011 6:12 pm

      Hi Karen–yes it was, wasn’t it? Luckily, one of my new ones is Janeology! 🙂 What are you reading now? Cheers! MTE

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