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.
This is great to know. I’ll download today. Thanks!
I will pass this along to my book club. Thanks for the recommendation.
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.
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.
Definitely have to read this one.
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.
The audiobook version is a treat. The reading is brilliant, and when I e-mailed the author about how much I enjoyed the book, she said she felt that the reader absolutely nailed it.
Thinking about books written in Kansas, or about Kansas, have you read “The Last Cattle Drive” by Robert Day?
I have seen the book at the library before, but I’ve never read it. Is it one that I should add to my reading list?
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.