6 Degrees of Separation- Like Water For Chocolate

The 6 Degrees of Separation meme is a monthly meme hosted at booksaremyfavoriteandbest, that explores the ways in which a chosen book can be linked to six other books.

The October 2017 book is: Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel 

My chain this month includes several foodie books set in France, a humorous semi-autobiographical novel about a famous New Yorker’s divorce, and two nonfiction stories of revolutionary women who changed the American workplace.

15107Chocolat by Joanne Harris 

I’m starting my chain with a rather obvious choice: another book with chocolate in the title that was also made into a popular movie. I haven’t read Like Water for Chocolate or Chocolat, but I have seen the film version of the latter.


12294541Paris My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas 

Staying with the French chocolate theme, I’m including this fun memoir of an American woman who moves to Paris and indulges her sweet tooth.


6422680Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard

Yet another memoir of an American in Paris, this book features mouth-watering recipes that made my stomach growl.


225343 Heartburn by Nora Ephron 

If you were to actually indulge in all this delicious French food at once, you may very well come down with a bad case of heartburn. This reminded me of Nora Ephron’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name which I have been meaning to read.


13587226The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich 

Speaking of Nora Ephron, I loved the Amazon series Good Girls Revolt in which she is played briefly by Meryl Streep’s daughter. I was so sad this show wasn’t renewed, so I’ll have to pick this book up someday.



Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

I also look forward to picking up this other nonfiction account of revolutionary women in the workplace who changed history. I’m sure this will be an inspiring yet harrowing read.


Where did your #6Degrees chain take you this month?



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  1. Let me give this one a try – I have a little different take on the 6 Degrees part. Rather than just go through it with all Mexico books or all women books or all foodie books – I’ll try a less important themes in the books and go from there. For instance, ‘

    1. LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE is about cooking as a means of self-expression, it’s about love and war and taking care of your mom. It’s about family and Mexico and uses some magical realism and so on.

    2. I’m going to move that up north and select GREAT KITCHENS OF THE MIDWEST by J. Ryan Stradal which is about a girl without her natural parents in Minnesota who has an incredible talent and over her childhood and youth learns how to cook a wide variety of foods mostly from the Upper Midwest.

    3. But her mother is looking for her – a huge part of the story – so I’ll move to ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, our beloved Canadian orphan. But that book is also about girls in education or staying home to care for a “parent.” (as in Like Water For Chocolate here, I guess.)

    4. So I’ll move to Italy and pick up on a girl who chooses education over neighborhood in MY BRILLIANT FRIEND by Elena Ferrante. A delicious book, the first in a trilogy about a young woman’s struggle of leaving the neighborhood and many other things in exchange for success and respect in the world.

    5. And on that thought, I’ll jump over to an incredible hard-core sci-fi book from China, THE THREE BODY PROBLEM by Liu Cixin. Several people, men and women, are seeking success in the even greater world, in the galaxy, universe, cosmos as aliens are sapping the Earth for energy. Somebody’s solution has to work – has to! It’s about survival of the human species anywhere.

    6. So for the 6th degree of separation (and I am certainly separating them! – lol) I’ll go with ROOM by Emma Donahue which is about a little boy and his mother trapped in a tiny shed by a very deviant man. It’s also about survival on a very small scale.

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  2. I’m extremely partial to foodie-fiction so basically will be adding the bulk of your chain to my TBR stack (particularly the memoirs, given that memoirs are my other great reading weakness!).

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