California, here we come! My adopted home state. We’ve been here since 2011. The company my husband works for moved from Milwaukee to Los Angeles when its founder did, and we came too. When we found out about the move, we looked at each other and grimaced. Los Angeles? LA-LA land? But we love it! […]

As I worked my way through my picks for Kansas, I began to wonder about the differences between Kansas and its neighboring states, and I decided to stay in the area for a while longer. So I’m going to be reading Nebraska next. I was also interested in the “bleakness” and “mean spirit” I saw […]

Kansas. I grew up on the Oz books by L. Frank Baum. Not just The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (the original from 1900), but all 14 books written by Baum, with Ozma, Rinkitink, Tik-Tok, Glinda, and all the rest. Glinda of Oz, Baum’s 14th installment, was published posthumously in 1920. Even as a child I […]

In the immortal words of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, “And now, for something completely different!” Indiana. The first things that come to my mind when I think of Indiana are the Indy 500 race, and the song “Gary, Indiana” from The Music Man. (Sorry! If it’s any consolation, it’s stuck in my head too, now.) […]

As I finished The Alaskan Laundry (well, actually, as I started it), we dipped into a “cold” spell here in Los Angeles. I grew up in upstate New York and walked a mile to my local high school every day, even on days when the wind chill was negative 40 degrees, so I am fully […]

I need to make something clear here: I’m still finding my way through this challenge, and I may make mistakes. Especially when it comes to picking books. We’ve all done it – you pick up a book, the cover looks interesting, the blurb sounds cool, maybe you see a review or two that make it […]

Although I said in my challenge criteria that I wasn’t going to go in any particular order, I began doing a little research in alphabetical order and got excited about several of the books I discovered for Alaska (sorry Alabama – I’ll get back to you!). Alaska is the only state in the US that […]