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If you like John Grisham's story, you might also like:
Tom Clancy,
Khaled Hosseini,
Norman Mailer,
Frank McCourt,
James Michener
and Amy Tan

John Grisham's recommended reading: The Grapes of Wrath

John Grisham also appears in the video(s):
So, You Want to Be a Writer Vol.1,

So, You Want to Be a Writer Vol.2

Teachers can find prepared lesson plans featuring John Grisham in the Achievement Curriculum section:
So You Want to be a Writer

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"I find myself taking long walks on my farm with my wife, Renee, wondering what in the world happened," says Grisham.

Today he one of the world's bestselling authors, but John Grisham showed no early interest in writing. One day in 1984, three years after Grisham began practicing law in Southaven, Mississippi, he dropped by the courthouse to observe a trial. "This ten year old girl was testifying against a man who had raped her and left her for dead," he says. "I never felt such emotion and human drama in my life. I became obsessed wondering what it would be like if the girl's father killed that rapist and was put on trial. I had to write it down."

Grisham has hardly stopped writing since then. Grisham's first novel, A Time To Kill, was published in 1989 and sold a mere 5,000 copies. But his second, The Firm, the story of a law school grad recruited by a firm with mob connections, spent a spectacular 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. Once Grisham started writing, he never stopped. Every year brings a new besteller from the master of the legal thriller. Many of his works, including The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client and The Rainmaker have been made into successful motion pictures.

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