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Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
1. The Betsy-Tacy series, especially if you're from the Midwest. I can't pinpoint what makes these books truly "midwestern", but there is something inherently so in this series. Wonderful, lovely, simple stories; clear pictures of individual characters; (Tib is my absolute favorite).
2. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. A traveling book, an epic saga in its own right.
3. Lip Service, Europe's short mini-series answer to the L Word. it slightly makes up for how painfully disappointing the ending of the L Word was for me.
4. Stiff by Mary Roach. Not for those squeamish about death.
5. The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems by Billy Collins. I love the playfulness of his poems. Clever and spare.
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I honestly never heard of the Betsy-Tacy books until I moved up here. (My mother hadn't either, for that matter.) I read the first one, and got hooked. So glad they reprinted the series!

Strange how so many of the good historical books about girls are set in the Midwest (the Little House books, Caddie Woodlawn, Betsy-Tacy).

Oh my gosh, I haven't thought about Caddie Woodlawn in ages! I will have to revisit her. Rereading the Little House books as an adult has been really interesting; I am always amazed how much I missed reading them as a kid. Although, sometimes I wish I could read them with that same innocence. Talking to friends who read Betsy-Tacy when they were young, I'm told that the later books, about Betsy getting married and traveling, were boring for them but would probably be more relevant now. Funny how our perspectives change.

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