Holiday reading list: Booksellers suggest titles with Columbia connections

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 12:40 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 22, 2011
Linda Green, co-owner of Acorn Books, shows off books about Columbia she thinks that readers would enjoy.

If you'll be spending some free time during the holidays doing some reading, allow us to make suggestions for your reading list.

We asked six bookstores from around town to suggest five books either about Columbia or written by an author from Columbia. Some Missourian editors jumped in with suggestions, as well.

The books cover a diverse array of genres, including reference books, photo essays and literary fiction. Where applicable, we've linked to the store website. Where prices are listed, they are based on quotes from the booksellers, with the exception of the MU Bookstore — prices are from its website.

Happy reading!

Marketplace Antique Mall, 1108 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65203
449-8030 ‎
Books suggested by Ken and Linda Green 

"Blind Boone: Missouri’s Ragtime Pioneer"
Jack A. Batterson

"Columbia College: 150 years of courage, commitment and change"
Paulina A. Batterson

"From Southern Village to Midwestern City: Columbia, an Illustrated History"
Alan R. Havig

"Granny’s Notes: My First 84 Years"
Sue Gerard

"Petticoat Pioneers"
Allean Lemmon Hale

1907 Gordon St.,  Columbia, MO 65201
Books suggested by Clayton Weaver

"Up From Thunder"
Susan Salzer

"Seasons of the MKT Trail: A Pictorial Journey"
Gary J. Dietrich

"Days Like This Are Necessary"
Walter Bargen

"The Feedsack Dress"
Carolyn Mulford

"Ballpark Dog"
Michael Ray Palmer

S. Ninth St.,  Columbia, MO 65201
Books suggested by Amy Stephenson

"Taking on the Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller"
Steve Weinberg

"Cemetery Bird"
Bridget Bufford

"Theban Traffic"
Walter Bargen

"The Magic Tree: See Beauty. Share Your Good. Have Joy. Book One: Inspiration"
Will Treelighter

"Body Language"
Mark Cunningham

1810 Paris Road, Columbia, MO 65201
Books suggested by Becky Asher; prices vary

"You're Never Too Big to Hold"
Barbara Bassett

"Up From Thunder"
Susan Salver

"The Feedsack Dress"
Carolyn Mulford

"The Great Adventure"
Alice Neihardt Thompson

"Ballpark Dog"
Michael Ray Palmer

911 E. Rollins, Columbia, MO 65211
Books suggested by Michelle Froese

"Mizzou Today"
Richard Wallace

"Missouri Geology"
A.G. Unklesbay

"Seasons of the MKT Train: A Pictorial Journey"
Gary J. Dietrich
Price not listed

"Days Like This Are Necessary"
Walter Bargen

"Short Trip to the Edge"
Scott Cairns

Columbia Mall, Bernadette Drive, Columbia, MO 65203
Books suggested by Lacey Bagley

"Then Pinkel said to Smith: The Best Missouri Tiger Stories Ever Told"
Steve Richardson

"Hear the Roar!: Resurgence of Mizzou Football"
Darin Wernig

"Reflections of Missouri"
John Stoekley

"Missouri Curiosities"
Josh Young

"Twist of Fate: The Miracle Horse of Longmeadow Ranch"
Chris Stuckenschneider


Jeanne Abbott, managing editor
"Blue Highways: A Journey Into America"
William Least Heat-Moon

Scott Swafford, city editor
"From the Bottom Up: One Man’s Crusade to Clean Up America’s Rivers"
Chad Pregacke with Jeff Barrow

Greg Bowers, sports editor
"Compass of Affection"
Scott Cairns

Tom Warhover, executive editor
"River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze"
Peter Hessler

Do you have a favorite book about Columbia or written by author from Columbia? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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John M. Nowell, III December 21, 2011 | 8:51 a.m.

Some good suggestions listed.

Although closed for the Christmas holiday, The Boone County Museum on Ponderosa avenue has all the Warren Dalton books available as well as many books from authors about growing up in Columbia, and local history.

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Toni Messina December 21, 2011 | 9:54 a.m.

"Coming Home Again - A Missouri Journal," by MU faculty member W. Arthur Mehrhoff. Check MU bookstore. Author's reflections on Missouri places that are special to him.

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Joy Mayer December 21, 2011 | 10:43 a.m.

Thanks for the suggestions, guys. Keep 'em coming.

Joy Mayer
Columbia Missourian

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Richard Hessler December 22, 2011 | 2:46 p.m.

I'm very surprised that Doug Hunt's book, Summary Justice: The Lynching of James Scott and the Trial of George Barkwell in Columbia, Missouri, 1923 was left off everyone's list. This book is the only well-researched history of one of Columbia's darkest moments.

Richard Hessler

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