After The Help by Kathryn Stockett, the dilemma has been what book to read next. Another piece of fiction could never live up to that book right now.
I started The Ride of Our Lives by Mike Leonard. (Leonard is an NBC Journalist.) This is the true story of a cross country RV trip that Leonard took with his elderly parents and grown children. He knew his time and his kid's time with his parents was limited, so that was the premise for the trip.
How did I find this book? Cousin D rode his motorcycle to our 'cousins camp out' and brought the book to me in his saddle bag. He said it was a great book and that the Mr. and I both needed to read it. I'm only about four chapters in, and I already know that Cousin D was absolutely right.
Leonard's parents are as funny as some of Janet Evanovich's characters in the Stephanie Plum books. His commentary on his parents is hilarious. I find myself laughing out loud. And then there are touching moments that bring tears to my eyes.
I'm so glad Cousin D shared this with me. This is a book that can hold its own, which after The Help is quite remarkable.
Since today is a Tuesday Tune day, I was thinking about some other favorite books. I haven't read it in years, but I loved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fanny Flagg.
I loved the movie based on the book, too. And there was one song in the movie that I knew I'd never forget: Hugh Grayson singing Bob Dylan's lyrics in "I'll Remember You."
I'll remember you
When I've forgotten all the rest
You to me were true
You to me were the best
When there is no more
You cut to the core
Quicker than anyone I knew
When I'm all alone
In the great unknown
I'll remember you
True of wonderful people in our lives, but it is sometimes true of books, characters, movies, and songs, too. The good ones become almost like friends. We return to them again and again. I like that. "In the end, my dear sweet friend, I'll remember you."