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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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?