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READER TO WRITER

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Jim Black lives in Wichita Falls, Texas.

With no formal training--except for a flunked creative writing course in college--I learned to write by reading. I learned well enough so that my first novel, River Season, was published in 2003/2004 by Viking/Penguin. I owe a great debt to many wonderful books and their authors--especially to these ten.

THE KILLER ANGELS

By Michael Shaara

* PULITZER PRIZE

Many historical novels are painstakingly researched and many are beautifully written. But it is rare to find one that is both. When you have finished Shaara's novel (based on the Battle of Gettysburg), pick up Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, by Shaara's son, Jeff. Is it possible that good writing is hereditary? Evidently.

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LEGION

By William Peter Blatty

Trust me: this sequel to Blatty's horrific blockbuster, The Exorcist, is even scarier and more thought-provoking than the earlier novel. Not just for horror buffs, Legion, which is about demonic possession and the nature of evil, appeals and satisfies on many levels. It is surely one of the best-kept secrets and most overlooked literary gems of all time.

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THE STARSHIP AND THE CANOE

By Kenneth Brower

Freeman Dyson is a world-famous astrophysicist who designs spaceships. His son, George, lives in a giant Douglas fir in British Columbia and builds kayaks. Brower's book is fascinating--and it's all true.

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SHOELESS JOE

By W. P. Kinsella

This book, which inspired the movie Field of Dreams, covers all the bases and touches on every emotion. The novel--not its movie version--treats us to the kidnapping of J. D. Salinger!

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BOY'S LIFE

By Robert R. McCammon

Tinged with magic, McCammon's watershed novel explores the wonders of growing up as told by 11-year-old Cory Mackenson of Zephyr, Alabama, in 1964. Adventurous, humorous, and tragic, Boy's Life is storytelling of the highest order.

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HORSEMAN, PASS BY

By Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry has blazed a stunning trail of literary works and screenplays in his lifetime, acquiring a Pulitzer Prize and an Academy Award along the way. But this brief and unabashedly sentimental first novel, and the basis for the movie Hud, is still my favorite McMurtry book.

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POINT OF IMPACT

By Stephen Hunter

Do you like thrillers? Hurry out and purchase a copy of this guaranteed can't-put-down tale--and...

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