Part 1. Author Event
A week ago, I drove almost an hour and 1/2 to attend my very first ever author event at the beautiful library in Chatham, Massachusetts. I was way early and spent a few dollars in the lovely touristy spots on the main street and then was second in the room where the event was to be held. I chitchatted with the other lady early to claim a seat – she was expecting a huge crowd, had I read the book?, etc and then some. I chose the third seat in the third row and opened a book I had purchased at the same time as buying my second copy of Still Alice – since I had loaned my copy to a friend and HAD TO HAVE ANOTHER so Lisa Genova could sign it, right?! Right.
What a delight that 84, Cross Charing Road was the other book! and how absolutely perfect it was to have in such a situation; quick, funny, short, smart, DELIGHTFUL. Helene Hanff was quite a character. You can read much more about Ms. Hanff by visiting Citizen Reader’s series from last week => click here. I had first heard about 84, Cross Charing Road in a post by Jessica of The Bluestocking Society a looooooong time ago claiming it as one of those books everyone should read. I had never heard of it. CR gave me the kick in the butt. FINALLY, I got around to it and I can’t tell you just how charming it is. This would be an excellent book for the next Read-A-Thon if you like a sense of satisfaction for number of books completed, it won’t take but an hour or two to read – - if that, you will laugh out loud, and you will be delightfully charmed. I dare you to not be.