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The Poisonwood Bible // Six Degrees of Separation

Six Degrees The Poisonwood Bible
The idea behind this exercise is to connect books in any way that’s meaningful to you, from the profound to the inane. Although Kevin Bacon is typically behind the six degrees game, books are just a bit more fun. May’s pick is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.

I haven’t read that one, but I read and loved her Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I am absolutely fascinated by living off the land/back to nature books and I wish that’s something I could pursue (though I’ll settled for raised garden beds for now). I’m part of a book club that focuses on nature literature and one of the few fiction picks that has made the cut is The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey.

One of Abbey’s most famous environmentally minded contemporaries was Wallace Stegner. I’ve only read Angle of Repose, but his others are high on my list as well. One book I did read is David Gessner’s All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West.

Part of the book follows Gessner as he travels to various places that were important to Abbey and Stegner. It reminded my a bit of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, which is one woman’s journey, through many adverse condition with adventure (and a bit of sex) thrown in.

With the description I just gave of Wild, it pairs well with The River at Night, which is the story of an unprepared group of women who embark on a dangerous trip through the wilderness.

A similar synopsis, though vastly different in content, is applicable to Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. Annihilation is the story of four (though briefly five) women – a psychologist, a surveyor, an anthropologist, and a biologist – who walk into a forest to explore the unknown. To put it mildly.

From The Poisonwood Bible to Annihilation in six easy steps. Where would you find yourself after six degrees of literary separation? Join in here.

*Apparently I was having so much fun that I just kept going, when I should’ve stopped at The River at Night. However, I love the connection between The River at Night and Annihilation so much that I can’t bear to remove it. So… Bonus book!

 

 

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  • Kate

    Extra points for your bonus book 🙂
    I have been trying to read Angle of Repose for some time (ever since I read Crossing to Safety, which was superb). I say ‘trying’ because I haven’t been able to find it in the bookshop, haven’t seen it at second-hand bookshops, it’s not on Kindle and my library’s copy is printed in miniscule font on tissue-thin paper – I suspect because it hasn’t been borrowed in years, the ink has bled through the paper, making it virtually unreadable. I was reminded of Angle a few weeks ago and caved and ordered a copy online. Hopefully it’s printed on thick paper and I won’t need a magnifying glass to read it!

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