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2010 Best Books of Indiana - Nonfiction

Steve McQueen: The Great Escape by Wes D. Gehring

Steve McQueen: The Great Escape is a meticulously-researched book by an experienced biographer. Wes Gehring’s book is an off screen exposé of actor Steve McQueen from his troubled Indiana upbringing until his untimely death from cancer at age 50. This impeccably professional work does an excellent job of capturing the life of one of the greatest Hoosier actors of all time.

I Love You, Miss Huddleston by Phillip Gulley

I Love You, Miss Huddleston is a humorous collection of quirky and folksy short stories. Phillip Gulley, a Quaker pastor, leads the reader on a nostalgic journey to a simpler time with a series of amusing and slightly embellished memories of an Indiana childhood.

Clay Times Three: The Tale of Three Nashville, IN Potteries by Kathy McKimmie

Clay Times Three is a very informative book about a particular period of art in Indiana. It is also extremely visually appealing with pictures supporting information about each of three Indiana potteries. The writer’s first-person fashion engages the reader from cover to cover. It is no surprise that this self-published book very much rooted in Indiana has been reissued by Indiana University Press.