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Tonto In Mid-Missouri

When I checked amazon.com the other day I found to my surprise that Sherman Alexie’s book “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” was number one among the books orders from my ZIP code. As an erstwhile resident of the Inland Empire, I had read this book several years ago since it dealt, among other things, with life on a reservation near Spokane, Washington. But what made it top the list in Mid-Missouri?

Last night at dinner I asked M. She did not seem surprised at all. As it turned out, it was on the reading list for all incoming freshmen – it may even have been one of those books the whole city was supposed to read and discuss. She did not think, however, that there was a connection to the Johnny Cash CD “A Man Comes Around,” which was the number one CD hereabouts.

If this is how books go to the top of the list, what event helped “Friend of the Family: An Undercover Agent in the Mafia” by D. Lea Jacobs and Anthony Daniels to the number one spot in Charlottesville, Virginia, where I used to live before I moved to Missouri?

Well, I just found out. The book blurb tells me: “During his 20 years in the FBI, Special Agent Ed Robb wrote the book on penetrating the Mob…” Ed Robb is now sheriff of Albemarle County, and Charlottesville is the county seat.

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