Six Degrees of Separation: Where Am I Now?

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 September 2018 book is: Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson

My chain this month features: teeth, Pulitzer Prize winners, books set in London, childhood favorites, spies, family sagas, and books about the immigrant experience.

 

I’m kicking off my chain with an obvious choice…

 

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Matilda by Roald Dahl

I’ll always associate Mara Wilson most closely with the character of Matilda Wormwood. Matilda is such a fun, whimsical, and charming story that is dear to my bibliophile heart. I have fond childhood memories of reading the book and watching the film.

Another book and movie I loved as a child is…

 

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Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

I even remember eating tomato sandwiches and writing in my black and white marble composition book in the style of Harriet. She may be a flawed spy, but she’s still one of my favorites.

Thinking about female spies brought to mind…

 

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Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

Besides Atonement, this is the only Ian McEwan novel I’ve read so far. I enjoyed the writing, the 1970’s London setting, and the twist at the end. I’d actually like to re-read this in the future to see how the experience changes with that ending in mind.

Keeping with the London setting and a two-word title with tooth/teeth in it is…

 

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White Teeth by Zadie Smith

White Teeth is on my TBR and I hope it will live up to my high expectations. It seems like a sprawling novel that has a bit of everything in it. I’m always interested in books that explore multi-generational families and issues of race and culture.

One such book is…

 

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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

I was blown away by Middlesex when I read it several years ago. It’s a beautiful and insightful family saga that covers a wide range of issues and topics. Cal and the Stephanides clan are unforgettable characters. It’s no surprise that it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2003.

Another Pulitzer Prize-winning family saga that explores the immigrant experience is…

 

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Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Although Interpreter of Maladies won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2000, I still haven’t read it. Hopefully I can get to this powerful novel soon. I’ve heard nothing but praise for Jhumpa Lahiri and look forward to reading her work.

 

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

23 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation: Where Am I Now?

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  1. I’ve read a lot of McEwan’s work, but I haven’t read Sweet Tooth yet. I’ll have to check it out. I enjoyed White Teeth a lot when I read it, but I think I preferred On Beauty, which I read after. So the memories of the latter sort of eclipse the former.
    I read Interpreter of Maladies in a college class on contemporary fiction, but I remember nothing about it! I think I liked it, but I was probably reading and processing so much that it just got lost in the shuffle. I should revisit it at some point!

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    1. Sweet Tooth doesn’t seem to be the most popular of McEwan’s novels, but it was an entertaining read. I started On Beauty a year or two ago before putting it down. I really need to give it another try soon, especially since I was really loving Zadie Smith’s prose.

      That’s definitely the downside of reading in college. There are a lot of books I don’t remember as well as I should!

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      1. If you liked Howard’s End (I think I remember you saying that you did at some point) it’s interesting to read On Beauty with that in mind. It’s not a retelling or a re-imagining per se, but there’s a strong influence.

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  2. I love the directions you took with this! So many good books too! I also included Matilda. I couldn’t help it. I loved Middlesex when I read it. And Harriet the Spy is a favoirte of mine too. I hope you love The Interpreter of Maladies. It is a good one. Have a great weekend!

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  3. What a great list! I am a big McEwan fan but have not yet read Sweet Tooth, so will add that to the TBR. I’m also pleased to be reminded about Middlesex – another book I have long planned to read. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Liz! I hope you enjoy Middlesex and Sweet Tooth if/when you pick them up. The general consensus seems to be that Sweet Tooth isn’t one of McEwan’s best, but I enjoyed it. Do you have a favorite of his novels?

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      1. I think it might be The Children Act – and I am so pleased to have read it before the film arrived! I have just started The Child in Time which I hope I enjoy because I would like afterwards to see the TV adaptation. What about you?

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      2. I’ve only read Sweet Tooth and Atonement so far, so I’d have to choose the latter. I’m excited to read more of his work though. The Children Act sounds so interesting!

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  4. Excellent chain! I love the teeth links. Happily Middlesex is almost near the top of my TBR stack. Even more happily, you’ve reminded me of Harriet the Spy – I might have to hunt her down for my daughter.

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    1. Thanks, Ceri! haha it definitely took a bit of a turn this month. Matilda is certainly the obvious choice, but it was the book I most associated with Mara Wilson. Plus, it was a good excuse to talk about two of my childhood favorites!

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  5. What a great chain this month! I loved both Matilda and Harriet the Spy as a child too. I haven’t read any of the other books in your chain, but they’re all books I’m interested in reading, especially Middlesex.

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