Books and Friends

Books were some of my first friends. As a child, I slept with my cherished books nearby, lined up in the bookcase headboard of my bed. When my brother and I were allowed to shop the Ben Franklin store alone on a Saturday, I headed straight for the book section. Touching the spines on the shelf, I would check for a new Trixie Belden book. If I could locate one, I snatched it up, lest someone else come along and buy it first.

My love for a new book has connected me with some great people over the years. Friends old and new belong to my book club, and they have all become dear to me. At our most recent meeting, we were honored to have the author of our selection present. We read The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee, and Talya Tate Boerner's attendance was exciting for all of us. Being able to discuss the book with the author gave our meeting an added dimension.  The gracious and patient Talya Tate Boerner answered our million questions. By the time the meeting was over, we counted her not only as an author, but a friend, as well.

The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee is the story of a 10-year-old girl growing up in rural Arkansas in the 1970's. The inconsistencies of life and the hard questions trouble her. The author captures Gracie Lee's heart in this compelling read.

Two of my favorite things -- a good book and good friends.


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