“As a teenager, I swore in my adult life there were two things I would never do,” admits Keith Dixon. “I would never get married. And, I would never live in New York City. Cooking for Gracie is another thing I never expected to happen – from the beginning of my writing career, I always wanted to be a novelist and nothing else, to grapple exclusively with the big sweeping narrative dreamlands. I never much considered the possibility of writing a memoir, or – even stranger – a memoir with recipes. And yet that’s exactly what I’ve done, or at any rate been led to do.”
“I took Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants on a family trip to the beach and immediately fell in love with the story,” says book publicist Anna Mintz. “I finished it in less in two days and gave it to my mom and said ‘You have to read this book!’ She turned around and read it in two days and absolutely loved it. We both left the beach with a happy, healthy tan and a new favorite book!”
The third installment in our Share Your Read It Forward Moment series is here! “I Totally Meant to Do That is Jane Borden’s transformation from southern belle to Brooklyn hipster,” says book publicist Justina Batchelor, “it’s about being a southerner in the city, which I can relate to because I am one myself. So I passed this book on to all the other southerners in the city I know. But because Jane is like a female David Sedaris, I think anyone with a sense of humor can really appreciate this book.”
“Sitting with a book and a child in my lap,” says Meredith Baxter, “was always my sweetest bonding time as a mother. We cannot underestimate the power of our voices in our children’s ears, the shared adventure of breathing life into witches, birds, or bears, the deeply ingrained connection that will be reborn in the next generation.”
Each week, Read It Forward gathers the latest and greatest from the world of books to share with our community of readers. This week: A typography timeline from cave paintings to web fonts; Salon reviews legendary editor Robert Gottlieb’s memoir on working with literary stars, a Book Beast piece about a visit to a Borders bookstore, this week’s New York Times bestsellers & more.
“I love book groups,” says Lisa Unger. “What could be better than a gathering of smart, funny, engaged woman (well, it usually is all woman, and maybe a husband or two) talking about books? Generally, wine and snacks are involved. And I’m usually in my pajamas. It’s true – a couple of times a month, sometimes every week, I join in book group discussions of my novels around the country. Of course, they’re doing all the wine drinking and snack eating. And I’m in my pajamas, usually in my office, chatting with them via speakerphone while my daughter sleeps.”