30 Day Book Challenge – Day 11

Day 11 – Book From Your Favorite Author

OMG!  There are probably hundreds for this one.  Day 1, Day 4, Day 5, and Day 6 would all fall into this category too. How to decide…how to decide…

I chose a book that I probably think about at least once a month.  Sadly, I’ve only read it once, but it has resonated with me ever since. It’s also the only book that author Gary Reed has written, that I know of.  It’s called Pryor Rendering.

It’s the story of a boy named Charlie Hope, who was born in his grandfather’s bar and is growing up in Pryor, Oklahoma. When his grandfather dies, Charlie finds himself without any sincere male role models in his life, and his religious-crazed mother does nothing but curse Charlie’s dead father. Charlie soon befriends Dewar, a runaway from the local boys home, and the two fill the void for each other by providing what the other has been needing most.  It’s a coming-of-age story filled with both sadness and compassion.

Every book has a story, both inside and out.  I picked up my copy of Pryor Rendering at a B&N in Memphis when I lived there while going to college. It was a hardcover on a bargain table for last chance books for a buck. I liked the black and white imagery on the cover, and once I began reading it, the book instantly became one of my all time favorites.  I still wish to this day that Mr. Reed would write another.

If you are out there, Mr. Reed, hear my plea. The world would be a better place, or at least my mind and my bookshelf would be, if it had another one of your books in it.

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