Ooohhh, I'm reading Nickel Boys right now. When he found the encyclopedia set was blank-- I cried. Whitehead is such an incredible writer, and gives us a great backstory. I love Elwood. And you know how I feel about The Book of Delights. And Kevin Henkes is a national treasure.
oh, it broke my heart. though I knew it would. the empty encyclopedia, my heart. elwood! elwood! have you finished it yet? such a good book. love love loved the book of delights. started to keep a list of his delights-- they were so varied and interesting and wonderful but gave in halfway through and just surrendered to experiencing the book. found a copy of junonia at the thrifts and, partial as I am to shelling, knew I had to read it. hadn't read a kids book in a while and it was just a lovely thing, to fall into.
Finished the Nickel Boys and WOW! There was a scene with a guy "moving the ladies around" and Whitehead riffs for a moment on distraction. I knew in that passage that it was meant as a signpost for the book itself, but I couldn't figure it out. When I came to the almost end it broke me. I went back to read the intro and there it was all along. Such a masterful writer. I'm midway through Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl. If you haven't read it yet, I know you will love it. The images, the stories from her relatives, and her nature writing. It's all a gift. As is my time here with you. ~b
ahhhhhh I love your insights. wish we lived close enough discuss books over coffee. putting late migrations on my book list stat!