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The Beauty Myth // Six Degrees of Separation

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. March’s pick is The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf.

My first thought was something along the lines of “Isn’t that the writer who wrote Mrs. Hemingway?” The answer is a decisive no, but it’s close. Naomi Wood wrote Mrs. Hemingway, and I quite enjoyed it, much like A Hundred Summers by Beatrix Williams. They are very different books with similar covers.

A Hundred Summers is the second book I read by Williams, and this is only noteworthy because I didn’t enjoy the first novel of hers I read – Overseas. It’s time travel fiction, which can be tricky, and another one that didn’t entirely work for me (especially because it ended on a cliffhanger and the publisher then killed the series!) is The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway.

Speaking of rivers, Last Night in Twisted River is one of my favorite novels by John Irving. To (loosely) tie this place back to Hemingway, John Irving has mentioned that he was not a fan, not even a little. However, Ketchum is one of the characters in Last Night at Twisted River and Ketchum, Idaho is also Hemingway’s final resting place. I happen to like Hemingway’s Islands in the Stream, though my reading heart will always belong to Irving (if one must choose).

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