6 Degrees of Separation: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

November 25, 2014 Six Degrees of Separation 6

Hello There Bookworms!

I know you’ve been bereft this past month, desperately wanting to know when 6 Degrees of Separation was going to be back. Today is the day! The lovely and fabulous Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman chose Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves as this month’s jumping off point. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I’ve not yet read We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, but I’m playing ANYWAY because I want to and I have a really good first link in the chain, okay?


1. We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas (review)- I chose to start here because the titles totally had me mixing up these two books. Apparently when titles start and end with the same words, I get confused.

2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (review) – I chose this as the second step because Eileen Tumulty’s childhood reminded me of so much of Francie Nolan’s. Oh, my heart!

3. Killing Williamsburg by Bradley Spinelli (review)- Because Brooklyn! Of course, Killing Williamsburg had a suicide plague, so the connection isn’t exact or anything, but that’s not the point of this game, so I’m good.


4. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (review)- Killing Williamsburg begins to feel a bit like a zombie novel once the plague really gets going, and though the creatures in I Am Legend are technically vampires and not zombies, it’s creeptastic.

5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (review)- I’m connecting this to I Am Legend because both books are post-apocalyptic and BLEAK.

6. The MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood (review)- Alright, there’s some minor cheating here because I chose to link to a trilogy instead of a standalone book, but I’m a rebel that way. This is one of the most awesome post-apocalyptic offerings ever. Plus, MARGARET ATWOOD. It works.

That about does it. Want to play along? Check out the rules below!



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6 Responses to “6 Degrees of Separation: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves”

  1. Annabel Smith

    Yes, yes, I HAVE been bereft – how did you guess? But it was worth the wait because your chain got so apocalyptic. Why odes a book about a suicide plague sound so attractive to me? What does that say about me?

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