Originally Posted by PKnTX
May have already been posted but I'd recommend most of
James Micheners novels to folks that enjoy reading.
With great attention to detailing the geography and cultures
of places across the U.S. and the rest of the world he expressed
stories of individuals and generations of families. Good stuff.
I've read most of the novels I could find and some of the nonfiction.
The ones that stand out after several years are:
If I was to recommend 1 book that everyone should read, this would be it.
A telling of the cradle of 3 religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Well, I am a Texan, born and raised. But really, this telling of
the history of what is now Texas was eye opening and entertaining.
I've never been to Hawaii but felt like I knew it after this read.
But then again, this is typical of reading his books.
I've wanted to take an extended vacation to travel, fish and hunt
this huge area ever since reading this one. VERY good.
I could go on as the commitment to detail and true compassion for the
land, the cultures and individuals of ALL places are evident in each of his books.
Just do a search of his works and I'd be willing to bet there's at least one that
is about an area near and dear to your heart.
Don't forget Michener - Alaska
For Westerns - I recommend
The Cowboy and the Cossack by Clair Huffaker (Highly Recommend)
Takes place in the Old East -- Siberia, to be exact -- where a group of Montana cowboys have come with a herd of Texas longhorns to be driven thousand of miles across Siberia.
Sea of Grass by Conrad Richter
The Sea of Grass concerns the often violent clashes between the pioneering ranchers, whose cattle range freely through the vast sea of grass, and the farmers, or "nesters," who build fences and turn the sod.
The Ox-bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
Focuses on the lynching of three innocent men and the tragedy that ensues when law and order are abandoned.
For those that Like period cultural pieces - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_...00_Best_Novels
On the list are great works that include cultural and period pieces. Both editors and readers lists are represented. (Since I don't watch TV anymore, I have been reading all the ones off the Readers list for quite a while now)
My winter reading this year is all the Clancy Novels (I picked up all the hard covers at a garage sale for 5.00 a piece).