After today’s 5th grade choir competition, my daughter and I made our usual weekend trip to the bookstore.
Bettyville by George Hodgman was front and center in the featured titles, with a 20 percent off sticker no less. I first read about the memoir on Betsey Lerner’s blog, but couldn’t remember any of the story details. The only thing I remembered about it was how I thought the book’s title would have made a great name for Betsy’s site back when I followed her every post.
Also, the cover art begs you to pick it up with the floral wallpaper, the old time dresser, the dog in the mirror. So I got it.
Once home, I did my usual pre-read reading: the author’s bio, blurbs, acknowledgements and dedication. On the page after the dedication, Hodgman has included a passage from another author:
If only one knew what to remember or pretend to remember. Make a decision and what you want from the lost things will present itself. You can take it down like a can from shelf.
-Elizabeth Hardwick, Sleepless Nights
About the time I was finished with my pre-reading, I noticed a package on the kitchen table with the rest of today’s mail. I was expecting Mark Salzman’s Lying Awake, a book I ordered last week.
When I opened the package, I forgot, I had also ordered Sleepless Nights. It had showed up as a recommendation when I had searched Lying Awake – no doubt because the similarity in titles versus content.
Some times thing unfold as if the world is waiting to delight you, like one book happily opening to another.