Gifts from the Southern Wild

I’ve been chosen as a book-giver-outer for World Book Night!! I tried to get in on this action last year, but wasn’t selected.  I like the idea of World Book Night, like the idea of random people giving books to other random people, like the idea of sharing a love of books with other people in this very generous and gentle way.  I’ve registered to go pick up my books at a great little Brooklyn bookstore.  All I have to do now is decide how I’m going to give them away.  Some I will give to the youth services program at my job, maybe half.  The others … I don’t know.

My book for this evening of fabulousness is Jesmyn Ward’s wrenching, beautiful novel, Salvage the Bones:

salvage cover

Yes, my title is a reference to Beasts of the Southern Wild.  And yes, I know that these stories aren’t the same or even similar, really (although, in a few key ways …).  But I can’t help but think of them together … and can’t help but wish the writer of the film had been as adept with handling Hushpuppy’s story as Ward is at telling Esch’s story.  I was thrilled to find Bones on the list of choices.  I was amazed by this book.  Lovely, lovely writing.  I hope the people I give it to feel the same way.

I know my friend Mopsy will be giving out books.  Are any of you going to be book givers, too?

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