This is the first Saturday of the month which means that it is time for Six Degrees of Separation, the book challenge, hosted by Kate from “Books are My Favourite and Best”.
This is such a fascinating challenge and one I am always eager to begin and follow the search for connected books. The fun is in the search for connections and each chain that is created is always so different.
The starting point for us this round is to begin with Julia Baird’s book Phosphorescence. It is not available in Canada until July, so I had to rely on the Goodreads’ blurb.
“A beautiful, intimate and inspiring investigation into how we can find and nurture within ourselves that essential quality of internal happiness – the ‘light within’ that Julia Baird calls ‘phosphorescence’ – which will sustain us even through the darkest time.”
(comments about the books are from Goodreads):
1st Degree: My first idea was to go the route of awe and wonder, but then I discovered Julia Baird was John Lennon’s sister and had written about their relationship. Fascinating stuff indeed, So the first book is Imagine This, her memoir about her brother.
“Until now, the true story of John Lennon’s childhood has never been told. John’s sister Julia has herself been on a personal journey that has made it possible only now to reveal the full extent of the pain and difficulties – as well as the happier times – living inside John Lennon’s family brought. Julia reveals the various strong, self-willed and selfish women who surrounded John as he grew up.”
2nd Degree: This led me to I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard, another memoir, this time about a son writing about his musician father, with imagine in the title.
“The captivating story behind the bestselling single in the history of Christian music—and the man who wrote it.
MercyMe’s crossover hit, “I Can Only Imagine,” has touched millions of people around the world. But few know about the pain, redemption, and healing that inspired it. Now Bart Millard, award-winning recording artist and lead singer of Mercy Me, shares how his dad’s transformation from abusive father to man of God sparked a divine moment in music history.”
3rd Degree: This book of a musician seeking redemption led me to Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon by Greg Laurie.
“Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon dives deep into the singer’s inner demons, triumphs, and gradual return to faith. Laurie interviews Cash’s family, friends, and business associates to reveal how the singer’s true success came through finding the only Person whose star was bigger than his own.”
4th Degree: This led me to another book about an American icon – Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keefe by Laurie Lisle.
“Georgia O’Keeffe, one of the most original painters America has ever produced, left behind a remarkable legacy when she died at the age of ninety-eight. Her vivid visual vocabulary–sensuous flowers, bleached bones against red sky and earth–had a stunning, profound, and lasting influence on American art.
5th Degree: This then led to Wild by Cheryl Strayed – about a woman heading into the wilderness by herself.
“With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”
6th Degree: The word wild led to the final choice – This One Wild and Precious Life: A Hopeful Path Forward in a Fractured World by Sarah Wilson.
“Drawing on science, literature, philosophy, the wisdom of some of the world’s leading experts, and her personal journey, Wilson weaves a one-of-a-kind narrative that lights the way back to the life we love. En route, she leads us through a series of ‘wildly awake’ and joyful practices for reconnecting again”
I began with Phosphorescence by Julia Baird and ended with This One Wild and Precious Life by Sarah Wilson. Both seek to imagine a better way of life, to live boldly and with imagination.
Next month (April 3, 2021), we’ll start with the 2020 Booker Prize winner, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart.
Come take part in a fun, intriguing challenge!