Memories

Here’s a memory, which like most memories is imperfect and subjective – collected long ago like a beach pebble and slipped into the pocket of my mind.

Michelle Obama (becoming)

Memories are the essence of several books I’ve read recently. In Everything Sad Is Untrue: (A True Story) by Daniel Nayeri, he shares the few memories he has of family. He escaped from Iran as a child with his mother and sister. He counts and hold the memories of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins close.

Michelle Obama’s words resonated with me. Memories are imperfect and subjective. They slip into a pocket in the mind and when probed they jiggle, wiggle, and bounce to the forefront. That’s what Ruth’s suggestion today did.

I am laying on my bed totally absorbed in the book I’m holding. Barely breathing, heart racing to learn the fate of my friend Nancy or perhaps it was Trixie. (Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden). They were so smart, they could solve any mystery. I was always on the lookout for possible mysteries in my life, but usually any mystery was caused by brothers or the family pet.

Today, I am still enamored by mysteries, however, I am not laying on my bed devouring the words of mystery writers. I prefer to sit in a patch of sunlight in my backyard. Since the weather won’t cooperate, I am forced to snuggle down in a recliner, covered by a dark brown plush throw.

I am still a fan of mystery, but I have expanded my net of preferences. Historical fiction is filling in gaps of history. I just finished Kristin Harmel’s novel, The Book of Lost Names. Now I want to know more. Ruta Sepetys is a master at writing about history that has slipped through the cracks.

As a child, I always had a book close by to take me to places in my dreams. As an adult, I am still transported by the words of authors. Not a lot has changed.

Don’t you have a story to share?

10 thoughts on “Memories

  1. Of course, as always we are ‘Sympatico’…on our books… our love. I’m so glad to get your suggestions. I’ve been doing all non-fiction lately and it is so good to get The Book of Lost Names, ordering today! XO

  2. Love this stroll through books from your past and recent past. Like others, you’ve mentioned new titles for me. And my younger self read Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden too! I love how you captured these memories. I like those patches of sunlight too, but they’re often hard to find. I have a dark brown plush throw too! It was a gift from a student years ago.

  3. Terje says:

    Your slice carried me to my aunt’s kitchen where I read until four in the morning. It’s great to read posts from other readers, always some new titles to find. The Book of Lost Names and Everything Sad Is Untrue are both new to me. Thank you.

  4. I love the way you ended this piece. These lines are so beautiful. “As a child, I always had a book close by to take me to places in my dreams. As an adult, I am still transported by the words of authors. Not a lot has changed.”

  5. I’m adding titles to my list! The Book of Lost Names and Everything Sad Is Untrue sound wonderful. I loved Becoming, and I was such a Nancy Drew fan. Thank you for sharing these memories!

  6. I adored Nancy Drew books, too – they sparked my early love of mystery as well. The one I remember most at this moment is The Clue of the Broken Locket. I also love the work of Sepetys and you’re right about her being a master of history that’s slipped through the cracks – Between Shades of Gray and the plight of Lithuanians under Stalin comes immediately to mind. How grateful I am for that long-ago spark of love for reading – and for the memory you spark here!

  7. I love this! “As a child, I always had a book close by to take me to places in my dreams. As an adult, I am still transported by the words of authors. Not a lot has changed.”

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