Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Rediscovering an Old Friend.

I've long been a fan of books and feel that everything I read leaves some sort of impression behind. I can list countless books I read growing up and some of them I see as catalysts for turning points. I am amazed by the longevity of print friends.
Several years ago I was introduced to Helene Hanff through her book 84 Charing Cross Road and I felt some kinship to her. Last year in my stocking I received an old copy of Q's Legacy also by Ms. Hanff. It was the first book I completed last year and I loved meeting an acquaintance within the pages of another book. About a month back an assuming book fell into my possession and with great delight I opened the pages and began to read another chapter in the life of a not quite forgotten friend. Underfoot in Show Business is another one of Ms. Hanff's memoirs. This one about her early attempts at screenwriting. Although busyness has kept me from completing this book, I found that I once again connected with the quirks and humor of this friend met only in print.
Often people have not heard of Ms. Hanff and if you are one those, I'd encourage you to consider finding one of her books at the library or a bookstore (although I believe most of her books are out of print) and giving her a read. Perhaps you will meet a new friend as well.
Happy reading!


Heather L. said...

I did enjoy 84 Charing Cross -- maybe I should try one of her other books too.

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