A girl named Zippy : growing up small in Mooreland, Indiana

Hoosier Connections

Stop in and pick up entries for the Adult Summer Reading Program now at the Ellettsville Branch! One of the categories is "Hoosier Connections" where you can choose a book with an Indiana author or setting. Here's a list to give you a head start on finding books by Indiana authors:

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Carrie leaves home for New York City and experiences both the joys and cruelties of the world. A classic work following the rise and fall of various characters as they struggle to find wealth and happiness in the big city.

A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana by Haven Kimmel

In this witty memoir, Kimmel recounts her childhood growing up in the small town of Mooreland, Indiana. She interjects humor into her affectionate tale of her life and family, as well as colorful portraits of the inhabitants of her childhood home.

Sorrow's Anthem by Michael Koryta

Private investigator Lincoln Perry races to prove his estranged childhood friend innocent of a murder. But when his friend dies in what might be an accident, Perry must follow a trail of secrets to clear the dead man's name.

Raintree County by Ross Lockridge Jr.

Over the course of a single day in 1892, John Shawnessy reminisces about his life, from his fighting in the Civil War to his greatest loves, losses, and experiences. Set in mythical Raintree County Indiana, this book captures the feeling of a forgotten time with its lyrical prose.

A Girl of Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter

Deeply wounded by her embittered mother's lack of sympathy for her aspirations, Elnora finds comfort in the nearby Limberlost Swamp, whose beauty and rich abundance provide her with the means to better her life.

Crimes in southern Indiana by Frank Bill

A debut collection set in southern Indiana features protaganists who test the boundaries of their sanity and survival skills, from a man who violently snaps and flees when his wife falls terminally ill to a former hunting dog breeder who clashes with a Salvadoran drug smuggler. 

Ben-Hur: a tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace

Judah Ben-Hur faces a life in the galleys after being falsely accused of trying to assassinate the governor of Jerusalem during the time of Jesus.

The birth house by Ami Mckay

Set in Nova Scotia during World War I, this novel tells the story of Dora, an apprentice midwife in a small coastal village. Modern and traditional medicine clash when a male doctor's arrival calls into the question the midwives' practices and the safety of the expectant mothers of the town.

Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.