With a rare combination of scientific insight and delightful, humorous writing, Tannen shows why women and men can walk away from the same conversation with completely different impressions of what was said.Don’t tell me that’s not true!Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill (1942), the three friends explore beyond their neighborhood and find friends in a Syrian community. Maud Hart Lovelace’s effortless lesson in tolerance is another reason why people cherish this series.The Year at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen (1978) is a charming picture book that chronicles a year in the life of a farm by a talented husband and wife team. It reminds me of my friend Nan’s Hill Farm in Vermont of which she shares photos regularly. My review.The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond (2006) is a wonderfully atmospheric book about a photographer and soon-to-be stepmother who takes her eyes off six-year-old Emma for an instant on the beach. The child is gone – kidnapped or drowned – and our protagonist is to blame and tries desperately to solve the mystery of the disappearance as her life collapses. Although I sometimes criticize my book group for being too angsty, I liked this melancholy book so much that I made everyone read it!
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (1999). My father and I heard the author speak in Boston around the time this book came out and were intrigued. This is a compelling story about a dispute over a house in the Bay Area, told from multiple points of view and leading inexorably to disaster. It’s the kind of book where you find yourself talking to the characters – doesn’t everyone do this? – and saying, “No! Please don’t do that!” This was also highly regarded by my book group.
So I was able to link Passages, Gail Sheehy's depiction of the personality and sexual changes experienced by adults as they age to the House of Sand and Fog, a book defined by the collision of cultures. Have you read any of these? Did you play #6Degrees this month?
Next month (April 1, 2023), we’ll start with Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run, which I am sure one of my brothers-in-law owns if I want to take a look.
An elegant set of links. I've read the Dubus, but don't remember much about it. I loved that the second Betsy book is a tale of cultures working together instead of clashing.
Great first link - I won't tell you it's not true - and neat segue to the second. Well done. I haven't read any but I have heard of the Dubus!
That first link... very interesting and yes, very true! Lovely chain here.
I really. need to read a BetsyTacy book. Where should I start?
Very good chain with a lot of variety, especially in mood. I did not realize that the film The House of Sand and Fog was based on a book. That sounds like a good topic. The Year of Fog could be too sad for me.
Also I am interested in your answer to the question about where to start reading the Betsy-Tacy books.
I usually suggest adult readers begin with Heaven to Betsy by Maud Hart Lovelace.
The Year of Fog was sad in parts but a great read. I have to see whether she has a new book I haven't read. That author is originally from Alabama like you, Tracy!
A chain according to my heart!
I'm very interested in classics in children's literature,so I'm going to check a few books here in your chain
A great chain, absolutely well thought through. I haven't heard of most of those but I loved that you included children's books.
Same as you, I can't deal with the kind of books like the starter, they make me mad if anything.
My Six Degrees of Separation took me from Passages to Silent House by Orhan Pamuk.
Thank you for your words about The Year at Maple Hill Farm. I adore that book, way more than my kids ever did! I live in NH not VT!
Nan, that is shocking to me - I wonder what about your farm made me assume it was Vermont? However, this means you are much closer to Boston so I am sure will be able to rendezvous some time.
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