Taking a break this week from #traveltuesday to talk about a different kind of escape. One that doesn’t cost nearly as much and yet takes you to entirely new places…reading!
Perusing the book of faces recently, I came across this article and map from Brooklyn Magazine. [say what you will about the “new” Facebook – but in all likelihood I’d never have found this without the randomness of the newsfeed. And then where would we be? Sadly without reading material, I’m afraid, and definitely without this rad map.)
Of course something like this sends me off into a spiraling rabbit hole of pinning and bookmarking, wishing I could stop everything and just.read.all.the.time. What a gem. I mean, the map itself would make a gorgeous addition to a cozy reading corner. But the book suggestions on top of it…its a wanderlust-filled voracious reader’s catnip.
Here’s where I need you, though, mes amies and fellow readers. Turns out that a lot of the titles that I have read – and many of which I actually read as a child – I haven’t actually been to the states. Little Town on the Prairie = South Dakota, The Outsiders = Oklahoma, Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown = Minnesota, To Kill a Mockingbird = Alabama. All classic, good reads. Highly recommend. But I really have no point of comparison to know if they represent their home states accurately.
And the states that I do know well, I haven’t read the titles. Womp.
So, do you have both puzzle pieces for any of the books/states in the map? Can you vouch for the magazine’s formula – does the book truly represent, as the writer suggests, “stories that so beautifully evoke a time and a place and a way of life that it becomes close to impossible to separate the literary perception of a place from its reality—one winds up informing the other”? I’m liable to think so, but I’m curious if you agree…
I may have to see for myself, inspired as I am by the descriptive phrases that were selected for each excerpt. Perhaps I’ll start with my new hometown, Washington D.C., and the accompanying literature You Are One of Them… unless you have another suggestion for my bookshelf!