As you can see from Barb’s intro, reading brought us together. For what it is worth, I didn’t really like the Tom Robbins I was reading when she reached out to me. Here’s a picture of me reading when Barb and I were on vacation. For the record, I am reading Lucky Bastard by Joe Buck, which is better than you might think it would be.
We’re hoping this blog finds readers who like discussions about books. From time to time, something else might find its way in, but more or less we’re here to talk about our love of reading. I don’t have a kindergarten story like Barb, but I will tell you that my gateway drug was Matt Christopher’s books about sports. I read each one of them in the Conneaut School library, probably more than once and always when I was supposed to be asleep.
I should start this with a bit of an introduction …I’m Barb Fischer. I’ve always been an avid reader. The word on the street is that when I went with my mom to meet my kindergarten teacher for the first time I told her that I only wanted to go to school to learn to read. Then I spent another 16 years in school and got an English degree.
The way my husband and I met was online – a dating site, yes! His ‘one of the reasons you should message me’ was: if you want to know what I am reading. I took the bait and asked what he was reading – it was Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins, (if you are interested). I was reading my first and last Philip Roth book. And yadda yadda yadda….we got married!
After we got back from our honeymoon, we started a ‘reading project’ (I guess that sounds better than a two-person book club). We decided to read book that no one usually does (but says that they do). We blogged about the experience and I really enjoyed it. So we figured that a blog about books and reading in general (and other stuff too, maybe!) would be kind of cool.
This was a very interesting read. This fictional story is about Samantha (Sam) and Addie, who are cousins that buy, renovate and run a restaurant in Detroit, called Welcome Home. My husband used to live just outside Ann Arbor, Michigan and I would travel to Windsor to meet him (I live in Toronto). We would … Continue reading The Welcome Home Diner by Peggy Lampman
Barb and I had agreed we were going to do two Tragically Hip Posts. I have to admit that after reading hers, I was tempted to just post that I can’t do any better than that. And I can’t, but that never stopped me before. A couple notes. When we started dating, Barb introduced me … Continue reading My Tragically Hip Post…
Gord Downie was the lead singer of the Canadian band, The Tragically Hip. He passed away at the age of 53 Tuesday night. I never met him, but this feels very personal. It’s like the loss of a friend. Here is the thing about The Hip, they were Canada. Recently BJ wrote that Robert Frost … Continue reading RIP Gord Downie…hey man, thanks!
As I mentioned Sunday, I’m reading Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon. It is a really smart book set in (you know) Berlin right after WWII had ended and while the city was partitioned. I’m probably 40% of the way through. Kanon does a great job of giving you the feeling of what it is like … Continue reading Leaving Berlin: Dialogue-driven fiction