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This week, I’m participating again in the #6degrees of Separation Meme.
WHAT IS THE #6DEGREES READING MEME ? (Novels and all things reading, of course. )
The idea is to start with a book, at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six novels through a variety of connections, and see where you end up.
The pick for this installment is What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez.
I’ve not read this one by Nunez, but read and loved The Friend.
It is a moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog. When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind.
The dog connection led me to the tear-jerker I’d read and blubbered over during a long-haul flight: The Art of Racing in The Rain by Garth Stein.
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
The race-car driving connection took me to Driving with the Devil by Neal Thompson.
Driving with the Devil uncovers for the first time the true story behind NASCAR’s distant, moonshine-fueled origins and paints a rich portrait of the colorful men who created it. Long before the sport of stock-car racing even existed, young men in the rural, Depression-wracked South had figured out that cars and speed were tickets to a better life.
Racing and Nascar made me think of cars, and one of Stephen King’s tones I read and loved: Mr. Mercedes.
Many jobless people are standing in line for a job fair, but then a Mercedes plows into the crowd, killing eight and severely injuring many. Bill Hodges, a recently retired detective from the local police department living the life of a retiree, receives a letter from an individual claiming to be the person responsible for the job fair incident, referring to himself as “Mr. Mercedes”.
The name Bill Hodges took me to an old thriller Two Dollar Bill by Stuart Woods
In this one, Manhattan cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington is back on his home turf caught between a filthy rich conman and a beautiful prosecutor. Not long after Stone and his ex-partner Dino make the acquaintance of Billy Bob—a smooth-talkin’ Texan packing a wad of rare two-dollar bills—someone takes a shot at them. Against his better judgment, Stone offers Billy Bob a safe haven for the night but almost immediately regrets it.
The prosecutor in Two Dollar Bill made me think of law and lawyers, and a suspense I read some time ago: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric—a masterpiece of suspense San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder.
Have you read any of these? What great novels have you read lately? Would you like to try the #6degrees meme? Are you signing up for the Gratitude 4 You Giveaway?
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