On deck today is author Holden Robinson, who’s supposed to brag a little about her bookshelves. But as you can tell from the sad state as shown in the picture, there is a story as to why her shelves are empty. 🙁
FROM HOLDEN: “First of all, I feel inclined to explain why my book shelf looks so battered and is empty. Last year, in March, my beloved writer’s retreat, my cabin in the woods, was destroyed by a heating oil spill. Armed with nothing more than a flashlight, while asking my deceased father for guidance, I loaded seven frightened pets into an old Chevy, packed everything I could fit into the remaining spaces, and fled in a snowstorm to safety. My home was destroyed, most of my possessions ruined. My books, left behind that night, are intact, but a nasty odor lingers, and they all must be discarded. As sad a situation as this is, there within lies the miracle of books, of a good story. They too, linger. A good book, an amazing story, it resonates and stays with us. The books are gone, but the impact the stories and characters had on my life – they remain and live in my heart forever.”
Have you read any book that’s changed your life?
The Boxcar Children. This has to be the book that changed me as a child, and ignited an adventurous spark. I spent so many hours playing in the back yard, searching for treasures that existed only in my mind. I have always had survival skills, and great strength, and the resiliency of the children in this story has stayed with me throughout my life. I drew on this strength and resiliency to survive the tragedy I faced last year.
What was the last book you purchased?
The last book I bought was The Time Traveler‘s Wife for a book club I moderated. While the club gave the book mixed reviews, this book really hit a nerve in me. To date, I am still waiting for my Henry, so I really grasped the wistfulness of this story. It touched my heart. When my “Henry” arrives, I’ll be waiting. I’m ready.
Is there a book in your shelves that inspired any of your work?
There isn’t really a particular book. After reading Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, I fell in love with comedy again. Her work is terrific, and her character’s delightfully quirky. I truly love her writing style.
Name your top five ultimate best books.
If you could pick a book in your shelves that you could recommend what would it be and why?”
There might not be any reader alive who hasn’t read The Notebook, but this is one of my favorite books of all time. It speaks to the tenderness, longevity, and power of true love. Thankfully, this book is stored away in a safe place, and was not one of the casualties of last year’s disaster. Nonetheless, if it were lost, I would never forget how I felt as I was turning its pages. It is truly a remarkable story.
Thank you so much, Holden. It tears me up to hear what happened to all the those precious books you owned but I think what you said about those books being gone but not forgotten is so beautiful.
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