The Kansas Center for the Book honors Doc

Doc by Mary Doria Russell


A year ago, I listened to the audiobook version of Mary Doria Russell’s book Doc, a very human perspective of the legendary Doc Holliday. I fell in love with the book and never miss an opportunity to recommend it for its storytelling, beautiful language, and fascinating perspective of post-Civil War Kansas.

The Kansas Center for the Book just named Doc a 2012 Kansas Notable Book, which means that Doc isn’t just a great book, it’s worthy of being included in the canon of Kansas literature.

Buy it, borrow it, download it, read it, listen to it. Doc will change the way you understand history and humanity.

10 thoughts on “The Kansas Center for the Book honors Doc

    1. Diana Staresinic-Deane Post author

      I think it would make a good book for book clubs. There is a lot to talk about – history, relationships, cause and effect, and the whole idea of Doc Holliday the man versus Doc Holliday the legend.

      1. Laurie

        I forwarded a link to you post to my book club. Several members have already said that they are interested in it. We select our books for each year in January, so if not too many of us read it before then, we’ll put Doc on our 2013 list.

  1. Veronica

    Thank you for the recommendation! I hadn’t heard of it-for shame, being a KS girl! I put the audio version on hold at the library so I can listen to it at work.

      1. Mr. V.

        Absolutely. It’s one of the best pieces of fiction I’ve read, period, let alone out of Kansas, and it’s one of those novels of which I’ll always endeavour to have a copy in my collection of books.

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