Tuesday, October 14, 2008

State Bird...State Flower...State Book?

I wonder sometimes if it's possible to go too far. Each state in this country has a State Bird, a State Flower, a State Tree. (Arizona's are the cactus wren, the saguaro cactus blossom, and the yellow palo verde, respectively.) Now it seems that the Massachusetts state government is in a flap over designating the State Book. Some folks want the Massachusetts State Book to be Moby Dick. Others passionately disagree. Now...I could make a snarky remark here about the state of the economy and what these paid officials are choosing to spend their time on, but I won't. I like a good book discussion just as much as the next bookaholic. You can read the entire article here.

Of course, after reading that article, the first thing that popped into my head was: what would Arizona's state book be? If you're reading this and live in the US, which book would you nominate from your own state?

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