This author was a new friend before I realized she had published several books. I met Betty in my new face-to-face book club in June, had lunch with her recently, and was delighted when she joined my discussion group that's studying We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation by Brian D. McLaren (2014). I checked out one of Betty's glossy, coffee table books from the library and have been learning more about my new town.
My copy looks similar to this one, but it's apparently older than any cover photos Google can find. I found this book at McKay's in Chattanooga shortly before moving, and bought it because I've never studied the religion in depth even though I taught religions of the world for years as an adjunct at Chattanooga State. I took it off the shelf and started reading when Betty Burnett mentioned one of the residents here in our apartment building is of the Bahá'í faith. I love the diversity among my new neighbors!
My new friend Sheila brought me a book to read that she thinks I'd like. I'm sure I will, since I've read nearly everything Harold Kushner has written, including When Bad Things Happen to Good People (1981). This week, I found out Sheila has written the lyrics for several musicals, including one that is being revived in St. Louis this year. I hope it works out that I'll be able to attend.
I finished this novel in a couple of days and rated it a 10 out of 10 because I couldn't put it down. On Friday, I wrote about the book's first lines, if you want to read more about it. I highly recommend it, especially if you enjoyed the beloved children's book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. The author imagines a bookstore owner who was "Brownie's" friend and the inspiration for her moon book.
Sunday Salon — at separate computers in different time zones — to talk about our lives and our reading.