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Could anyone help me find a good book from New England?I am doing a year long...

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manipulation | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted October 26, 2011 at 9:34 AM via web

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Could anyone help me find a good book from New England?

I am doing a year long analytical research paper on any given book, the only prerequisite is that the author must have a connection to New England. Each person in the class must have a unique author so no two people do the same thing. I am in a level 0 class, sophmore year, so difficult reading level is fine. Quick note; I love: 1984, Of Mice and Men, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Catcher In The Rye.

I wanted to do Catch-22, but all I can find about Joseph Heller is: First work published in The Atlantic, a Boston publisher, in 1949 and he taught at Yale University (Connecticut).

NOTE: Jack Kerouac is taken, I wanted to do On The Road.

Thanks for any recommendations!

 

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 26, 2011 at 10:07 AM (Answer #2)

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John  Irving was born March 2, 1942. He is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter He wrote The World According To Garp, Hotel New Hampshire, and Cider House Rules among others.  The obvious choice would be Steven King who lives in Maine and writes a lot of his novels in a New England setting.  Another good author is Dan Brown. Dan writes thriller fiction like  The Da Vinci Code. He was born in Exeter, NH.  Dan also wrote The Lost Symbol but I believe you would really enjoy Digital Fortress which has a science fiction element to it.  A well known Science Fiction author is Howard Phillips Lovecraft.  He was born in August of 1890 and died in 1937. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island.  He was a proflic writer and much of his work is no longer under copyright so you can read his works online without spending money.  One of my favorites was The Shadow Out of Time (1935).

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manipulation | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted October 26, 2011 at 10:24 AM (Answer #3)

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Ladyvols1, thank you for your answer! I actually have Dan Brown reserved at the moment, but I am looking for something else. Unfortunately, Stephen King is also taken, but John Irving looks like a good author. 

The thing about this essay is it is a detailed project more about the author because I have to visit the author's home/significant place or try to interview them over email. The other thing is, the book must be controversial in the fact that is easy to anaylze and many people could have different points of view.

 

 

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 26, 2011 at 8:29 PM (Answer #4)

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Another excellent book by John Irving is A Prayer for Owen Meany, which is a famous book based around the life of a strange character who, in the opening chapters, accidentally kills the narrator's mother. You might like to pick this novel as it is very famous and there will be a lot of information on it out there that you could use to do your report.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 26, 2011 at 10:07 PM (Answer #5)

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I did a google search and found a long list of authors from New England. Does it have to be a contemporary author? If not, you might consider Nathaniel Hawthorne or Herman Melville. Some contemporary (meaning 20th-21st century) you might consider are Katherine Paterson, Anne Beattie, Willa Cather, Mary Higgins Clark, Tess Gerritsen, Robert Parker, Anita Shreve, David Mamet, and many others. To be different, unless you are required to choose a novelist, you might want to look at David Mamet. His plays are very innovative.

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manipulation | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted October 26, 2011 at 10:59 PM (Answer #6)

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Thank you both for the suggestions! John Irving is looking good. @Linda-Allen : I don't want to seem lazy, I have found lists as well, I was just asking for personal recommendations. David Mamet looks good though, thanks for that one! Nathaniel Hawthorne would be good, but I can't do the Scarlett Letter as we are reading that in class at a later time, though I could do Walden. Any more suggestions? Thanks everybody!
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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted October 27, 2011 at 1:29 AM (Answer #7)

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If Hawthorne is an option, you might try The House of the Seven Gables. It is in his typically symbolic style and has very interesting characters and a very interesting view of New England life. The hero is a daguerreotypist and the villain is exposed through one of the daguerreotypes. This story has some thrilling moments and might be a useful title to look into. I always enjoy it.

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manipulation | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted October 27, 2011 at 7:58 AM (Answer #8)

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If Hawthorne is an option, you might try The House of the Seven Gables. It is in his typically symbolic style and has very interesting characters and a very interesting view of New England life. The hero is a daguerreotypist and the villain is exposed through one of the daguerreotypes. This story has some thrilling moments and might be a useful title to look into. I always enjoy it.

I might just think about trying that. Hawthorne actually shortly lived at the Manse House in Concord which is pretty close to me. (The Manse House is also where the first Battle of Concord took place! Ralph Waldo Emerson lived there as well! Quite a historic site.)

 

Keep the suggestions coming guys, I'm trying to consider all options.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:25 AM (Answer #9)

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If short stories are an option, you could look at Sarah Orne Jewett. Her work is centred in New England. There are Hawthorne stories you could look at too.

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manipulation | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:24 AM (Answer #10)

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Hawthorne is taken and short stories are not an option. I must decide by Monday. A Prayer for Owen Meany looks like a pretty good book and I've heard John Irving is prompt in his email replies. Sidenote: The Brothers Kamarazov just came in the mail, can't wait to read.
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boblawrence | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted November 1, 2011 at 8:26 AM (Answer #11)

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If you need a contemporary book, I would suggest "The Perfect Storm" by Sebastian Junger, a Boston-born author of this gripping tail of an ill-fated fishing boat the Andrea Gail, sailing out of Gloucester.

Other choices would be "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne or "The Prince and the Pauper" by Mark Twain.

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Michael Foster | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 3, 2012 at 5:04 AM (Answer #12)

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Old School, by Tobias Wolff. The setting is a New England prep school, in which the students participate in writing contests. The winner gets an opportunity for a private audience with a famous author: Robert Frost, Ayn Rand, and Ernest Hemingway.

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