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About the Books in the Photo
If you look at someone’s line-up of books, you get a glimpse of who they are. Books propel us toward something new – an idea or an experience we’ve never had ourselves. While sitting still, the books at the top of the page look quite unassuming – but they are among my favorite “Books for Now.” Maybe they will appeal to you, too.
Some are on favorite topics…beach stones, clouds, shells, dogs. Others are by or about women I know: The Traveling Soup Pot by Mary Chamberlin, a woman who supported her young kids by becoming a chef and building a catering business, then traveled the world to bring home amazing recipes for soup. There's so much more to her story.
Other favorites are connected to women I'd like to know: Diane Keaton's memoir, Sally Pullman writing about about Amerlia Earhardt, Anna Quindlen writing about anything (the book in this line-up is about a dog or, rather, the love for a dog). Anne Lamott writes about love, too -- the love for her son and grandson, a topic near and dear to my heart. And Tall Blondes is not about women at all – but about giraffes. It’s written by Lynn Scherr, former correspondent for ABC’s 20/20 who’s also written books about swimming and about Susan B. Anthony. And Bad Girls – well, I was curious, since I never had the nerve to be one.
There’s one in the line-up that’s a highly personal treasure - the photo on page 32-33 of Chicago Portraits is my niece.
So many books are a source of inspiration for writing - Earth Prayers , The Artist’s Way, The American Short Story -- and for being a human: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Finally, a book that makes noises that my grandson thinks is grand!
Left to right:
Beach Stones – Photographs by Josie Iselin; Text by Margaret W, Carruthers
Sea Shells – Photographs by Josie Iselin; Text by Sandy Carlson
Then Again by Diane Keaton
Some Assembly Required – A Journal of My Son’s First Son by Anne Lamott with Sam Lamott
Whistled Like a Bird – The Untold Story of Dorothy Putnam, George Putnam, and Amelia Earhart by Sally Putnam Chapman with Stephanie Mansfield
Faithful Friends – Dogs in Life and Literature – Edited by Frank Jackson
Chicago Portraits – The Chicago Tribune
The Traveling Soup Pot by Mary Chamberlin
The American Short Story – Edited by Thomas K. Parkes
Good Dog. Stay. by Anna Quindlen
Tall Blondes by Lynn Sherr (A book about Giraffes)
The Artist’s Way – A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
Bad Girls (The Most Powerful, Shocking, Amazing, Thrilling & Dangerous Women of All Time) by Jan Stradling
I Like to Squeak – Tiger Tales
the life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo
Earth Prayers – Edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon
Clouds – Photographs by Pekka Parvianen, Text by Henry Fountain
These great Books for Now should be added to the Line-up:
The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick, whom I know from M. Judson Bookseller in Greenville, South Carolina – one of the prettiest bookstores EVER
Extraordinary Golf by Fred Shoemaker with Pete Shoemaker
1001 Smartest Things Ever Said – Edited by Steven D. Price (And who can’t use a good quote now and then?!)