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Indy Writes Books, a Book Lovers Anthology

M. Travis DiNicola and Zach Roth, eds.

Indy Writes Books is an anthology of some of the wonderful and generous authors who have been a big part of the first two years of Indy Reads Books. Indy Writes Books has been made possible by a generous grant from the Margot L. Eccles Arts and Culture Fund. All proceeds from Indy Writes Books support Indy Reads’ adult literacy programs in Central Indiana.  Indy Writes Books, A Booklovers Anthology includes works by the following authors, poets, and puzzle makers! John David Anderson, Victoria Barrett,  Frank Bill,  Ray Boomhower, Mary Susan Buhner, Lorene Burkhart, Michael Dahlie, Cathy Day, Carol Faenzi, Terence Faherty, John Green, Lou Harry, Liza Hyatt, Angela Jackson-Brown, Lyn Jones, Jeff Knurek & David Hoyt,  Karen Kovacik, Norbert Krapf, Bonnie Maurer, Susan Neville, Will Shortz, Barb Shoup, Amy Sorrells, Gordon Strain & Dianne Moneypenny, Larry Sweazy, Dan Wakefield, and Ben Winters. It is edited by M. Travis DiNicola and Zach Roth, with an introduction by Dan Wakefield. Design by Amy McAdams.

2014 / 9780692300299 / $25.00
Order No. 1479

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

352 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9781101569184 / $12.99
Order no. 1379 


Kurt Vonnegut

This is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.

215 pp. / ISBN 9780440180296 / $17.60
Order no. 1377 

Cat’s Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat’s Cradle is one of the twentieth century’s most important works—and Vonnegut at his very best.

285 pp. / ISBN 9780385333481 / $15.00
Order no. 1378 

Death Note

Thomas Black

Seventy-five years ago, John Dillinger stashed silver and gold coins in the town of Elkinsville, Indiana. His great-grandson wants the lost loot. Two catches. First, Elkinsville is now a forgotten town, sixty feet below the surface of a reservoir. Easy, blow the dam holding the water. Second, a fiery speleologist, Dr. Jenna Longstreth, has discovered his plan. Not so easy, as he finds out.

To repay a debt, Jenna agrees to explore a cave that may be linked to missing ordnance from a nearby military base. Proving the link is true, she is swept into an evil plot that forces her to fight for her sister’s life, and the lives of an entire town. Caught in it now, Jenna works to uncover the plan and learns a psychopath is going to attack a dam and wipe out a downstream town as a diversion for his real ambition: recovering a fortune. The high stakes and little time push Jenna into a cave being used for the attack. Despite booby trapped passages and a partner she’s come to distrust, she must stop the murderous plan of Dillinger’s kin.

paper / 372 pp. / 2012 / ISBN 9781619271883 / $12.95
Order no. 2975

An American Tune: A Novel

Barbara Shoup

While reluctantly accompanying her husband and daughter to freshman orientation at Indiana University, Nora Quillen hears someone call her name, a name she has not heard in more than 25 years. Not even her husband knows that back in the ‘60s she was Jane Barth, a student deeply involved in the antiwar movement. An American Tune moves back and forth in time, telling the story of Jane, a girl from a working-class family who fled town after she was complicit in a deadly bombing, and Nora, the woman she became, a wife and mother living a quiet life in northern Michigan. An achingly poignant account of a family crushed under the weight of suppressed truths, An American Tune illuminates the irrevocability of our choices and how those choices come to compose the tune of our lives.

paper / 328 pp. / 2012 / 978-0253007421 / $19.00
Order no. 2972

The Blue Guide to Indiana

Michael Martone

Blue Guide to IndianaMichael Martone, whose trademark is the blurring of the lines between fact and fiction, has created an Indiana that almost is, a landscape marked by Lover's Lane franchises and pharmaceutical drug theme parks. Passages from this book have been published in Indiana newspapers as feature articles on what to do this weekend or as suggestions for family vacations. Tourists have been directed to visit the Trans-Indiana Mayonnaise Pipeline and the Field of Lightbulbs. They have been told about Our Lady of the Big Hair and Feet and taught the history of the License Plate Insurrection of 1979.

The book opens with a letter from the Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, inviting visitors to sample "refreshing paw paw canapes and free glasses of buttermilk cider drawn from our state's native bison herbs" at state rest areas, and to considering working toward a Ph.D. within the state's picturesque borders. The book closes with a chilling Author's Note that epitomizes Martone's work: It is untrue but nearly believable; and it renders the mundane horrific and the tragic hilarious.

The Blue Guide to Indiana is an extension of Martone's previous work, in which he often composed fake essays in the voices of real celebrities. Like Jorge Luis Borges and Flann O'Brien, Martone uses parody to reveal the deeper truths about our culture.

paper / 120 pp. / 2001 / ISBN 978-1-573660-95-2 / $12.95
Order No. 2872

The Friendly Persuasion

Jessamyn West

The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West

A quintessential American heroine, Eliza Birdwell is a wonderful blend of would-be austerity, practicality, and gentle humor when it comes to keeping her faith and caring for her family and community. Her husband, Jess, shares Eliza's love of people and peaceful ways but, unlike Eliza, also displays a fondness for a fast horse and a lively tune. With their children, they must negotiate their way through a world that constantly confronts them - sometimes with candor, sometimes with violence - and tests the strength of their beliefs. Whether it's a gift parcel arriving on their doorstep or Confederate soldiers approaching their land, the Birdwells embrace life with emotion, conviction, and a love for one another that seems to conquer all.

paper / 214 pp. / 1945 / ISBN 978-0-15-602909-4 / $13.00
Order No. 979

Come Juneteenth

Ann Rinaldi

Come Juneteenth by Ann Rinaldi

Sis Goose is a beloved member of Luli's family, despite the fact that she was born a slave. But the family is harboring a terrible secret. And when Union soldiers arrive on their Texas plantation to announce that slaves have been declared free for nearly two years, Sis Goose is horrified to learn that the people she called family have lied to her for so long. She runs away--but her newly found freedom has tragic consequences.

How could the state of Texas keep the news of the Emancipation Proclamation from reaching slaves? In this riveting Great Episodes historical drama, Ann Rinaldi sheds light on the events that led to the creation of Juneteenth, a celebration of freedom that continues today.

paper / 246 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-15-206392-4 / $6.99
Order No. 977

Why the Chimes Rang

Raymond MacDonald Alden

Why the Chimes Rang

Two young brothers from a poor village come to a Christmas Eve service at a church where legend says that only the perfect gift will allow the the chime bells to ring out.

cloth / 16 pp. / reprint 1994 (1909) / ISBN 1-878208-46-2 / $14.95
Order No. 3116

Cross this Bridge at a Walk

Jared Carter

Cross this Bridge at a Walk

This is Jared Carter's fourth collection of poems.  He continues to tell us about a place called Mississinewa County.  His poems reach out to the stories, myths, and recollections of an entire continent.

paper / $15.00 $9.00
Order No. 2657

The Hoosier School-Master

Edward Eggleston

The Hoosier Schoolmaster

Written with humor and candor and set in Indiana in the 1850s, the story relates the adventures of young schoolmaster Ralph Hartsook.

paper / 226 pp. / 1984 / ISBN 0-253-20324-4 / $12.95
Order No. 2066

Triple Cross

Kit Ehrman

Triple Cross

Heading for Louisville for an all-expense-paid trip culminating in the Kentucky Derby, young barn manager and aspiring private detective Steve Cline takes on the job of caring for a Derby runner for his racehorse trainer father, but he soon finds himself caught up in the greedy, vengeful world of the very rich, trying to stop a murderer before it is too late.

cloth / $24.95 $5.00
Order No. 2649

The Best of Kin Hubbard: Abe Martin's Sayings and Wisecracks, Abe's Neighbors, his Almanack, Comic Drawings

David S. Hawes

Abe Martin's Sayings and Wisecracks, Abe's Neighbors, his Almanack, Comic Drawings

A collection of the best sayings, humorous essays, cartoons, and drawings of one of the most popular, fictional, cracker-barrel philosophers this country has ever known.

paper / 143 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-21007-0 / $12.95
Order No. 2256

Raintree County

Ross Lockridge, Jr.

Raintree CountyThroughout a single day in 1892, John Shawnessy recalls the great moments of his life—from the love affairs of his youth in Indiana, to the battles of the Civil War, to the politics of the Gilded Age, to his homecoming as schoolteacher, husband, and father. Shawnessy is the epitome of the place and period in which he lives, a rural land of springlike women, shady gamblers, wandering vagabonds, and soapbox orators. Yet here on the banks of the Shawmucky River, which weaves its primitive course through Raintree County, Indiana, he also feels and obeys ancient rhythms. A number-one bestseller when it was first published in 1948, this powerful novel is a compelling vision of 19th-century America with timeless resonance today.

paper / 1066 pp. / reprint 2007 (1947) / ISBN 978-1-55652-710-4 / $19.95
Order No. 2737

Bears of Blue River

Charles Major

The Bears of Blue River

Adventures of a young boy growing up in early nineteenth-century rural Indiana. This is a book for children or adults who love nature and tales of early pioneer life.

cloth / 277 pp. / 1984 / ISBN 0-253-10590-0 / $20.00
Order No. 2024

paper / 277 pp. / 1984 / ISBN 0-253-20330-9 / $13.95
Order No. 2025

Uncle Tom Andy Bill: A Story of Bears and Indian Treasure

Charles Major

Uncle Tom Andy Bill: A Story of Bears and Indian Treasure

Relates the boisterous early-twentieth-century boyhood adventures of the narrator.

cloth / 344 pp. / 1993 / ISBN 0-253-33653-8 / $17.95
Order No. 2219

paper / 344 pp. / 1993 / ISBN 0-253-33654-6 / $10.95
Order No. 2123

The Best of James Whitcomb Riley

Donald C. Manlove

The Best of James Whitcomb Riley

A collection of best-loved poems about nature, home, and country as well as the dialect poems for which Riley is famous.

cloth / 224 pp. / 1982 / ISBN 0-253-10610-9 / $20.00
Order No. 2192

paper / 224 pp. / 1982 / ISBN 0-253-20299-X / $11.95
Order No. 2193


Michael Martone


Collected for the first time in one volume, the stories in Double-Wide span two decades and the entire state of Indiana. Martone blends history with fiction to reinvent the landscape of places like Preu, Elkhart, Indianapolis, and his hometown of Fort Wayne.

paper / 387 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 0-253-21890-2 / $22.95
Order No. 2633

Brewster's Millions

George Barr McCutcheon

Brewster's MillionsComic tale of Monty Brewster, who must completely divest himself of a small fortune by his 26th birthday to gain an even bigger fortune.

cloth / 325 pp. / reprint 1999 (1903) / ISBN 0-253-33632-5 / $25.00
Order No. 2224

paper / 325 pp. / reprint 1999 (1903) / ISBN 0-253-21349-5 / $12.95
Order No. 2225

When I Crossed No-Bob

Margaret McMullan  

The Sequel To How I Found the Strong

When I Crossed No-BobLife as an O'Donnell is all twelve-year-old Addy knows, and life as an O'Donnell means trouble. Tucked away in a gray patch of woods called No-Bob, the O'Donnell clan has nothing but a bad reputation. So when Addy's mama abandons her on the afternoon of Mr. Frank Russell's wedding celebration, nobody is very surprised.

A reluctant Mr. Frank and his new wife take Addy in, and Addy does everything she can to prove that at least one O'Donnell has promise. But one day, Addy witnesses a terrible event that brings her old world crashing into the new. As she finds herself being pulled back into No-Bob and the grips of her O'Donnell kin, Addy is faced with the biggest decision of her life. Can she somehow find the courage to do what's right, even if it means betraying one of her own?

cloth / 216 pp. / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-618-71715-6 / $16.00 $5.00
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Sailing the Inland Sea: On Writing, Literature, and Land

Susan Neville

Sailing the Inland SeaCalling on the image of the Midwest's vanished inland sea, Susan Neville has written a compelling collection of essays that ponder writing and the "landlocked imagination." The essays range from interviews with Indiana writers Kurt Vonnegut, Scott Sanders, Marguerite Young, and others, to discussions on techniques grounded in a Midwestern sensibility. As director of Butler University's Visiting Writers Series, Neville has had the rare opportunity to converse with such literary giants as Salman Rushdie, Ray Bradbury, and Toni Morrison, and some of those exchanges have been incorporated into this exciting new collection.

paper / 2007 / ISBN 978-0-253-21902-2 / $19.95 $11.97
Order No. 2630


JD Phillips


"Tainted" is JD Phillips' third book - her latest release. Great Story - as in JD's first two books - the drama, adventure and suspense in her writing gives the imagination of the reader the creative style of her writing.

paper / $15.00 $5.00
Order No. 2656


Scott Russell Sanders


Imaginative excursion into the future, where humanity has abandoned the outdoors for a network of cities sealed against nature. A tale of the perils of separating ourselves from the environment.

cloth / 276 pp. / 1985 / ISBN 0-253-32956-6 / $25.00 $15.00
Order No. 2271

paper / 288 pp. / reprint 1995 (1985) / ISBN 0-253-21021-6 / $14.95 $8.97
Order No. 2167

Love in a Small Town

Betty Jo Schuler

Love in a Small Town

Sam Champion, a math professor, is eager to sell the house he inherited in Browning Illinois, and return to Phoenix... until the redhead next door, Lily Madison, sets her house afire and moves in with him. Lily's not the flake he thought, and small towns aren't as dull as Sam expected.

Purchase of this book includes book plates signed by the author (while supplies last).

paper / $12.95
Order No. 2655

A Daughter of the Land

Gene Stratton-Porter

A Daughter of the Land

Kate Bates, the youngest female child in a large prosperous farm family, has been designated as her mother's helper in old age, but defies her parents to attain the dream of owning her own farm.

paper / 339 pp. / 1997 / ISBN 0-253-21138-7 / $13.95
Order No. 2212

A Girl of the Limberlost

Gene Stratton-Porter

A Girl of the Limberlost

Timeless story of an impoverished young girl, Elnora Comstock, growing up on the edge of the Limberlost swamp.

cloth / 479 pp. / 1984 / ISBN 0-253-13320-3 / $25.00
Order No. 2056

paper / 479 pp. / 1984 / ISBN 0-253-20331-7 / $14.95
Order No. 2057

The Keeper of the Bees

Gene Stratton-Porter

The Keeper of the Bees

Stratton-Porter's last novel of a Master Bee Keeper, his bees, and the natural beauty of California that restore a wounded World War I veteran to health.

cloth / 515 pp. / 1991 / ISBN 0-253-35496-X / $27.95
Order No. 2298

paper / 515 pp. / 1991 / ISBN 0-253-35496-X / $15.95
Order No. 2086

Michael O'Halloran

Gene Stratton-Porter

Michael O'Halloran

Adventures of an orphaned newspaper boy in his scuffle with life in a midwestern metropolis.

cloth / 560 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-33021-1 / $27.95
Order No. 2262

paper / 560 pp. / 1995 / ISBN 0-253-21045-3 / $14.95
Order No. 2258

Alice Adams

Booth Tarkington

Alice Adams

The story of a middle-class family living in the industrialized "midland country" at the turn of the twentieth century. Against this dingy backdrop, Alice Adams seeks to distinguish herself. Alice's resiliency of spirit makes her one of Tarkington's most compelling female characters.

cloth / 454 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-253-34227-9 / $32.95
Order No. 2425

paper / 454 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-253-34227-9 / $14.95
Order No. 2424

The Magnificent Ambersons

Booth Tarkington

The Magnificent Ambersons

A delightful novel giving a view of Indianapolis' evolution from a major marketing center to a great industrial city.

cloth / 516 pp. / 1989 / ISBN 0-253-35875-2 / $25.00
Order No. 2092


Booth Tarkington


Realistic stories of a twelve-year-old boy growing up in early twentieth-century America.

paper / 306 pp. / 1985 / ISBN 0-253-20361-9 / $16.95
Order No. 2109

Penrod and Sam

Booth Tarkington

Penrod & Sam

The imaginative adventures of Tarkington's ten-year-old Penrod Schofield continue. Familiar characters from the earlier Penrod volume make their appearance. This is a delightfully nostalgic look at Tarkington's turn-of-the-century Indiana.

paper / 384 pp. / 2003 / ISBN 0-253-21594-3 / $14.95
Order No. 2417

Going All the Way

Dan Wakefield

Going All the Way

A passionate and tormented novel about the summer of 1954 as it transpired in the lives of two young Korean War veterans returning to their Indianapolis homes.

paper / 307 pp. / reprint 1997 (1970) / ISBN 0-253-21090-9 / $12.95
Order No. 2213

Under the Apple Tree: A Novel of the Home Front

Dan Wakefield

Under the Apple Tree:  A Novel of the Home Front

A brilliantly effortless novel of the home front in World War II. It's a story of awakening and loss and growth.

paper / 342 pp. / 1993 reprint 1998 / ISBN 0-253-21196-4 / $15.95
Order No. 2342

Leafy Rivers

Jessamyn West

Jessamyn West's spirited novel—set in the Ohio Territory in the early 1880s—is a handsomely paced adventure for lovers of period romance and suspense. Leafy Rivers is a young bride caught up in emotions she does not altogether understand and cannot quite control. As she races against time to save a life and a marriage that may already be lost, a vivid assortment of characters—such as Simon Yanders, a man whose loss has taught him generosity and whose grief has made him alert to joy; Cashie Wade, irresistibly wild and free; and Leafy's husband, Reno, whose love is matched only by his ineptitude—offers challenges that threaten to waylay her at every turn.

paper / 310 pp. / 2009 (originally pub. 1967) / ISBN 978-0-253-35302-3 / $14.95
Order No. 2744

New Territory: Contemporary Indiana Fiction

Michael Wilkerson and Deborah Galyan

New Territory: Contemporary Indiana Fiction

Collection of eleven of the best short stories about Indiana by Indiana authors, with a cast of characters including James Dean, Johnny Appleseed, Clarence Roberts, and newcomer Jason Moss.

paper / 166 pp. / 1990 / ISBN 0-253-20595-6 / $9.95
Order No. 2104

Related Issues of The Indiana Historian

paper / ISSN 1071-3301 / $1.00 (1-19 copies); $.30 (20 or more copies)

Gene Stratton-Porter

Gene Stratton-Porter

Porter was a self-trained writer, naturalist, and photographer. State Historic Sites memorialize her life and accomplishments.

16 pp. / 1996

Riley on Riley

Riley on Riley

James Whitcomb Riley, the Hoosier poet and superstar of his time!

16 pp. / 1995
Order No. 7031