My local branch library is tiny, about 700 square feet, and close to my house. I went over the other day to pick up a book on hold and they had the latest issue of People magazine on display behind the counter.
While the librarian was checking out my book, I said “Can I see that issue of People?”
She told me I could go sit down and read it, but I said, “Oh, no, I just wanted to see the book reviews – one of my friends has a book that is mentioned in this issue.”
Together we found the book, Kyran Pittman’s “Planting Dandelions,” which People had loved as much as I had (they called it “fearless” and gave it four stars).
I found myself saying to the librarian, “Whenever one of my friends has a book published, I always hope it is going to be very good, and this time, it really was.”
She gave me kind of a funny look, and then I realized that my comment made me sound like a pretentious git. Whenever one of my friends has a book published…
It is true, though! One of the best things blogging has brought me is the proximity to good writers, to people who do indeed have books published. And who appear on the Today Show and in the New York Times and in the Wall Street Journal… And blogging has also brought my friends in proximity to people who want to publish books by good writers. Hooray.
Kyran’s book is a memoir of her family life, of ordinary moments and dreams and struggles chronicled so beautifully and honestly that I wanted it never to end. I remember when I read Anne Lamott’s book “Operating Instructions” about having her son, and how its raw honesty was so breathtakingly groundbreaking. “Planting Dandelions” is just as honest, but in a quieter, less manic way. It is well worth reading. Check it out.