Ernest Hemingway was quoted as saying, "American literature begins with Huck Finn." However, Mark Twain wrote other good books before he created the Huck Finn character. Our North Independence Masterpiece Book Club has selected one of those earlier books, The Innocents Abroad, for its next discussion. We’re meeting Monday November 19th at 7:00 p.m. Copies of the book will be kept at the main level circulation desk. All are welcome to participate!
Recent family responsibilities have led me to spend a lot of time on the eastern side of Missouri, mostly in the Hannibal area. Many Midwesterners are aware that Samuel Clemens, or Mark Twain as he is commonly known, grew up in Hannibal (he was actually born in Florida, Missouri). If you get a chance to visit Hannibal, you will see how they capitalize on one of their favorite sons and his literary creations… with the Mark Twain Dinette, Pudd’nhead’s Antiques, Becky Thatcher’s Antiques, and even the oh-so-politically-incorrect Injun Joe’s Campground.