It’s time for #6degrees, inspired by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. We all start at the same place as other readers, add six books, and see where you end up. This month’s starting point is Redhead By the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler. I have read one or two of Tyler’s books but not this one; however, it did start me thinking about redheaded protagonists. Anne Shirley may be the most famous but I realized I had read about many others . . .
|To the Tiger in the Zoo, Madeline just said "Pooh, Pooh!"|
I am sure the first redheaded heroine I ever met was Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (1939). A kind friend of my parents gave me the first book one Christmas and I recall tearing the wrapping to see what it was several days early. Miss Clavel’s turning on the light and saying, "Something is not right," became a catchphrase in my family.
Fifth DegreeOutlander by Diana Gabaldon (1991) or have no interest in reading it at all. They might be surprised if they tried it, as I was. On my last day at Bantam Doubleday Dell in 1991, without knowing anything about them, I helped myself to two advanced reading copies from a pile in the hallway – Outlander and The Firm little did I know that two amazingly enduring franchises were being launched. I love the first three books and enjoyed meeting Diana Gabaldon at a conference in Baton Rouge years ago. I am not alone in thinking the later books need more rigorous editing but self-willed bestselling authors don’t always like revisions! I also enjoyed the first season of the Starz series and plan to watch more. I think it was very well cast but my friend Danni thinks a thin model was the wrong choice for Claire.
See how I linked an author known for her Baltimore settings to Paris, Sweden, the fantasy kingdom of Tortall, Harry Potter-land, Scotland and, finally, to suburban Connecticut! Next month (March 6, 2021), we’ll start with a book called Phosphorescence by Julia Baird, which has not yet been published in the US. Please share your link if you did #6Degrees too or join in next month!