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The (allegedly) most famous book set in each state

Post by jbuck919 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:08 pm

The selections for New York and Maryland are pretty obvious and scarcely to be ashamed of.

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Post by John F » Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:44 pm

Q: What do Colorado and Maine have in common?

A: Stephen King. :roll:
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Post by jbuck919 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:19 pm

I'm trying to figure out how a new book by Dan Brown was "awarded" to Washington DC. If one is going to go that route, The Exorcist makes more sense. (As I've posted before but it's been a long time, I once worked in the building that had those steps.)

Nevertheless, I supposed I'd better spend an hour reading the Dan Brown book so I can identify everything he got wrong just as in Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code. :roll:

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Post by John F » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:51 pm

I never read "The Exorcist" and am not sure I ever saw the movie, but I had the idea that it was set in New York, since one of the exterior location shots was filmed in Brooklyn Heights.

Is it possible that the most famous book set in the District of Columbia is a current fiction best-seller? I'd have thought "All the President's Men," which was on the best-seller list for 6 months, or some other nonfiction book.
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Re: The (allegedly) most famous book set in each state

Post by jbuck919 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:03 pm

John F wrote:I never read "The Exorcist" and am not sure I ever saw the movie, but I had the idea that it was set in New York, since one of the exterior location shots was filmed in Brooklyn Heights.

Is it possible that the most famous book set in the District of Columbia is a current fiction best-seller? I'd have thought "All the President's Men," which was on the best-seller list for 6 months, or some other nonfiction book.
I think the list was limited to fiction, which means I guess that all the Allen Drury novels, the Cold War thrillers, and such are considered passé (probably rightly so).

I didn't know about the Brooklyn Heights filming, but The Exorcist is set in DC because the author lived there, in fact in the Georgetown townhouse used in the movie. Slightly implausibly, the possessed girl is the daughter of an actress who is filming on location in DC and renting that house. The house itself is several doors down from the former DC Transit Building (the "Car Barn") which has the famous steps. Therefore they were taking some liberty at the end when they showed the priest crashing through the window and falling immediately down the steps.



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Post by Ricordanza » Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:27 pm

Maybe it's a good book, but famous??? I've never heard of the author or the book, and I'm sure if I took an informal survey of my (well read) New Jersey friends, I doubt that they've heard of the book:
NEW JERSEY: "Drown" by Junot Díaz

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Post by jbuck919 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:59 am

Ricordanza wrote:Maybe it's a good book, but famous??? I've never heard of the author or the book, and I'm sure if I took an informal survey of my (well read) New Jersey friends, I doubt that they've heard of the book:
NEW JERSEY: "Drown" by Junot Díaz
Considering the title, maybe it's only been around since Hurricane Sandy. ;)

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