9 Amazing Books by Ozarks Authors

July 28, 2017

For all the bookworms out there, listen up. There are tons of great authors from right here in the Ozarks. Check out this list of amazing books by authors from the Ozarks!

The Great Game of Business

by Jack Stack

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Springfield natives are probably at least somewhat familiar with Stack. He heads up SRC Holdings one of the most distinguished companies in the city. In this book Stack explains the techniques he used to build SRC into what it is today. The open-book method of increasing employee engagement earned Stack and SRC the number one spot in Inc. Magazine’s Most Innovative Business Practice list. The book is loaded with wisdom and advice for anyone involved in the management of a company.


Meaningful Work

by Shawn Askinosie

Available November 14th


Shawn Askinosie hasn’t always been in the chocolate making business. He was a very successful defense lawyer who represented clients in cases that garnered national attention, but decided to follow a passion that was close to his heart. He began the process of chocolate making and found a more fulfilling purpose in the work.  The book chronicles his journey from the courtroom to the jungles of Ecuador and back to Springfield. It is written with his daughter Lawren who serves as the director of marketing for Askinosie Chocolate.



The Ozarkian Folk Tales Trilogy

By Todd Parnell



Parnell is a former president of Drury University in Springfield. He began his career as a fiction writer after he retired, writing mystery novels based in the Ozarks.  The pictured book is one of three books in Parnell’s trilogy about a series of strange happenings in a town called Hardlyville in the Ozarks. His writing have been described as rowdy, rambunctious and extremely entertaining.  the other two books in the series are Swine Branch and Donny Brook.



The Legend of the Albino Farm

by Steve Yates

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If you love Ozarks legends and creepy stories, this one is perfect for you. Yates brings to life an old Ozarkian folk tale with his own personal vision of what life would be like for the owners of the supposedly haunted farm. The story centers around a woman who inherits the property and her struggles in deciding what to do with the intrigue the legend has left on her family’s estate. The author has been published by local publisher Moon City Press on two separate occasions before this novel and has deep ties to the Springfield area.



Wake Up Sun

by David L. Harrison

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This adorable children’s book is the story of some pretty funny barnyard animals who think the sun has forgotten to rise. It’s a great book for kids who are just starting out in the reading process.

Wake Up, Sun is one of many children’s books Springfield Native David L. Harrison has written. In his career as a writer, Harrison has sold many millions of copies of his books. He started in 1969 and hasn’t looked back since. Harrison elementary school in Springfield was named in honor of his success.  Harrison has written dozens of classic books for children and is the poet laureate at Drury.


A Killing in the Creek

by Nancy Allen

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This novel follows a prosecutor in the Ozarks who has been waiting for a dare to be great case to come to town for many years and when it finally does, she faces a difficult dilemma. Her only suspect in a career-defining murder case is a fifteen year old boy. The author, Nancy Allen was featured on last season of Jeff Houghton’s The Mystery Hour as a guest and also makes a good follow on Springfield Twitter.



Father of Route 66: The Story of Cy Avery

by Susan Croce Kelly

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Springfield is known as the birthplace of Route 66, America’s most famous thoroughfare. We even have a festival every August celebrating the history of the road through our city.  This book by author Susan Croce Kelly dives deep into the origins of the road and is a must-read for fans of the rich history it has in American folklore.

Springfield, Missouri (Postcard History Series)

by Connie Yen

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Local historian Connie Yen penned this history of the city of Springfield back in 2014. She recounts the origin of the Queen City all the way back to its founding in 1829 and the role of its first citizens in charting the path that has lead to what Springfield has become today.

Crossroads at the Spring: A Pictorial History of Springfield, Missouri

by Shanna Boyle (Editor)History Museum for Springfield-Greene County StaffJulie March


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The Springfield History Museum on the Square published this collection of photos that capture the essence of Springfield’s past. Be sure to check out the museum the next time you’re on the square!


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