It’s been a while since I played one of my favorite games, so I’m SUPER stoked to tackle Six Degrees of Separation for Wild by Cheryl Strayed (review). This game is hosted, as always, by Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman, who are both lovely and delightful. Just so you know the rules, I’m going to start listing books beginning with Wild and connect them via any old thing my heart desires. It can get pretty crazy in this noggin of mine, so you’d best buckle up.
1. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (review)- Hear me out on this one. Cheryl Strayed’s poor feet were absolutely mangled by the Pacific Crest Trail. In fact, the only feet in literature I could think of who’d had it worse were the poor girls in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan who had their feet bound. Holy ouch, you guys.
2. Sula by Toni Morrisson- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was at its heart the story of female friendship and misunderstandings. When I think of best friendships gone awry, I can’t help but think of Sula.
3. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf- I read Sula in the same college class during which I read my one and only Virginia Woolf novel, To the Lighthouse. You guys, I think I’m just not smart enough to GET Virginia Woolf.
4. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff- Speaking of lighthouses, what about the Lighthouse of Alexandria, y’all? Cleopatra had a kickass lighthouse. This non-fiction account of Cleopatra’s life taught me ALL THE THINGS. Completely fascinating.
5. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare- What? I can’t very well include Antony and Cleopatra, seeing as I haven’t read (or seen) it. Besiiiiiiides, I now know the tragic ending and it totally works with R&J. For reals.
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