While our weather hasn’t turned much cooler yet, fall is finally here! To celebrate the return of my favorite season, Top Ten Tuesday this week (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) is all about book covers that reflect the season.
While cleaning out his childhood home, Nashville’s J. Ronald M. York discovered a box of letters and news clippings that uncovered a long-held family secret. For several months in the fall of 1955, Ron’s father was held in the Dade County Jail awaiting trial on charges of sexual abuse of a minor. During that time, Ron’s father and mother wrote daily letters to each other.
After the death of his father, Ron discovered the saved letters and clippings held in a box. Ron had uncovered a secret that his family had held for close to sixty years. His new book, Kept in the Dark, publishes those letters and follows Ron’s journey toward finding out what happened to his family when he was just three years old.
Ron has graciously agreed to talk to me about his book.
Question: How did you begin to pull the story together of what happened to your family?
J. Ronald M. York: Once I came to terms with what the letters revealed, I wanted to know more. The newspaper articles helped explain the charges, while the letters gave me insight to what my parents were going through. Still, there were blanks and even a couple things they had code words for that needed to be explained. I checked with the few remaining people connected although no one would know the whole story. However, those bits and pieces of information gave me leads to follow in my research. Google and Ancestry dot com became my closest friends. Continue reading
As I complete this week’s meme, I am celebrating my birthday. I’m now officially as old as the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. If you haven’t read the book or listened to the original radio show, I highly encourage you to add it to your TBR or TBL immediately!
How many books, approximately, do you think you have in your personal collection?
Honestly, I’ve lost count of how many books I have. We’re fortunate to live close to a great used book store and so we make a trip once a quarter or so to exchange one round of books for another.
I do have some books that I’ve kept for various reasons. Some are autographed copies of books (I’ve got a couple of books autographed by Garrison Keillor, one by Peter David (should be two, but my ex-wife kept my autographed copy of one of my favorite, first-edition TNG novels…no, I’m not bitter, why do you ask?) and a few others). I’ve kept some books that I enjoyed or are on my favorite list (To Kill A Mockingbird, for example) or that we wanted to have a full set.
But a lot of books I read and put onto a shelf that is the transition shelf. They may be kept, they may go to the used book store as a trade credit for more books or donated to our local library or VA for others to enjoy.
So, needless to say the exact number of books in my personal collection varies and can be a bit fluid.
I’m going to go ahead and post my list, but I reserve the right to revise it in a few days if some of the things on my to-be-read pile jump up and demand inclusion.
If I’ve published a review of the selection, I’ll link to it.
1. The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep And Never Had To by D.C. Pierson
2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
3. The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters
4. Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
5. Revival by Stephen King
6. Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell
7. Lock In by John Scalzi
8. Sex Criminals, Volume 1: One Weird Trick
9. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
10. Breathe, Annie Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
1. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
2. The End of Eternity by Issac Asimov. This one could be a two for one as part of Vintage SF Month in January!
3. Killing Ruby Rose by Jessie Humphries.
4. Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
5. Symbiont by Mira Grant
6. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
8. The Peripheral by William Gibson
9. The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber
10. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett