May 25, 2011
It's a Peach of an anniversary, with something fun to do. What if you could only choose one book to have with you for the rest of eternity? What would it be! And two books we can't wait for you to read.
It's the 50th Anniversary of James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, a book I just love, and I know I'm not alone! Puffin Books, the publisher, has started a very cool campaign to send virtual and paper peaches whizzing around the world. Just visit www.followthatpeach.com to find out how you can get in on the peachy keen action. Now is probably a good time to re-read this classic, or read it to a child, or read it for the first time!
When Ann and I recorded this episode, we weren't sure that anyone would ever hear it, because we were recording the day before the predicted Rapture on May 21. I'm thrilled that I'm writing these show notes on May 24. The world did not end (that's now scheduled for October, in case anyone wants to mark their calendar). Facebook and Twitter were filled with Rapture comments last week, but one really caught Ann's attention:
Hmmm.... What book would you want with you for the rest of time? I'm torn between something I've read and loved, and would want to read again, or something huge that I've never read. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare? The OED? Infinite Jest? War and Peace? What book would you choose to spend all eternity with? Leave us a message here, on our Facebook page, in our Goodreads group or call our voicemail line at 209.867.READ.
Ann just loves Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson, which features a twelve-year-old narrator called Blessing. After Blessing's mother catches her father with another woman, she moves Blessing and her brother into their grandparents' primitive home in the Niger Delta. Erik Larson is a master of narrative non-fiction and he's done it again with In the Garden of Beasts, an amazing look at the American Ambassador to Nazi Germany's first year in Berlin.