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What’s your favourite obscure book?

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Over at the Guardian, Billy Mills writes in his blog about the joys of recommending your favorite obscure book. My favorite obscure read is a travel narrative written by an American-Indian named, William Least Heat-Moon. The book is entitled Blue Highways and I while you’re unlikely to find this book in stock at your big-box bookstore, you’re more likely to find it at the library or your local used bookstore.

As William states around page 3:

“A man who couldn”t make things go right could at least go. He could quit trying to get out of the way of life. Chuck routine. Live the real jeopardy of circumstance. It was a question of dignity.”

I picked this book up in a used book store in Kingston some years ago upon the recommendation of one of my friends. William wants to discover America and a bit of himself in the process. Along the way he chats with small town folk in local diners, mining cities, farmhouses, etc. Worth checking out.


Written by thebeliever07

October 25, 2008 at 8:49 am

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  1. Can I give a plug for a couple of “obscure” books:

    LAND OF LAUGHS (Jonathan Carroll)
    GOSPEL (Wilton Barnhardt)
    THE POPPY FACTORY aka NO MAN’S LAND (William Fairchild)

    I posted a reading list on my site some time ago to draw folks’ attention to some of the fine books out there:


    Cliff Burns

    October 25, 2008 at 10:50 am

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