This link up was really difficult for me. First of all, I
can be am the most frustrating, indecisive person on the planet and it drives Husband crazy. Trying to decide what book(s) to share today was impossible. I cannot choose just one, so I chose four!
Since it is the first weekend of May, I’ll begin with a tribute to Kentucky, my home state. The Kentucky Oaks was Friday, May 2 and The Derby was yesterday (Saturday, May 4) at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Congratulations to Orb, the winner. For the record: if I ever own a horse running in The Kentucky Derby, his name will be SPANK THAT BASS. Don’t nobody steal that name, it’s mine. Get your own. One of my favorite horse racing stories is Seabiscuit. I love the movie, it makes me cry and cheer and scream, even though I know the ending is happy. Heck, I cry like a baby every year when My Old Kentucky Home is sung at The Derby. Speaking of The Derby, you can’t have the world’s most famous horse race without a Mint Julep, and you can’t have a Mint Julep without Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. If you’ve ever wondered about the history and traditions behind liquid amber gold, this is a great book!
Okay, I admit Texas is growing on me. I’ve lived here since 2003 and I’ve been fortunate enough to live near the Gulf Coast in Beaumont (but it royally stinks and I hated the mosquitoes), the Piney Woods of East Texas, and Husband and I are finally settled south of Fort Worth. Not long after moving here, a friend suggested Same Kind of Different As Me. I don’t want to give too much away, but it is an EXCELLENT book.
Another city I love is Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I’ve been there twice for international mission outreach for post-earthquake reconstruction projects. On January 12, 2010, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti and crippled an already suffering, impoverished nation. In Unshaken, Dan Woolley describes the hell experienced when he watched the walls crumble around him in the lobby of Hotel Montana for nearly 72 hours. His story of survival is fascinating and inspiring, while the reality of suffering and death all around him is heartbreaking.
On a personal note, I have met two survivors mentioned in Unshaken: Rev. James (Jim) Gulley, an agriculture consultant and Eric, a Haitian employed by the Methodist Guest House as a driver and interpreter. Minutes before the earthquake struck, Eric dropped off Jim for an UMCOR delegation meeting at the Hotel Montana with Sam Dixon and Clint Rabb, UMVIM and UMCOR leaders who both perished in the earthquake. To read more about Jim and the work he is doing in Haiti, click here.
What city (cities) do you love? Are there books inspired by them?
If you are participating in the Blogger Book Swap, make sure you are communicating with your swap partner and getting to know more about them (i.e. their likes, dislikes, preferences in book genres, etc.) so you’ll know what to send for the swap. Next week’s link up is hosted by Yours Truly and all about your favorite (or not-so-favorite) book cover designs.
Happy Sunday. =)