It's my turn to take a whack at convincing you to read The Heaven &…
It’s time for me to convince you to read The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. And that’s a little . . . weird this time since I’m thinking many of you have already read it. After all, the book was published 30 years ago.
So, let’s take a look back at what was happening in the world in 1993 . . .
Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd POTUS
Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Japan lead to a devastating tsunami
Beanie Babies were introduced in the US
Popular movies included Jurassic Park, Mrs. Doubtfire Schindler’s List, and Sleepless in Seattle
The movie Gettysburg was also released . . . a significant event for my household but probably not many others
The New England Patriots had the worst record in the NFL, The Dallas Cowboys won the Super Bowl
River Phoenix died
The “Got Milk?” campaign was introduced
Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer were elected as the first women to serve in the U.S. Senate
Billboard’s hot single was Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You
60 Minutes and Home Improvement were the most popular television shows
Also of note, I was 27 years old in 1993. I was a new mom, a full time Library Director, and a part time graduate student.
All of which is to say that I was a very different person and the world was a very different place.
So even though I read The Shipping News and adored it, I believe that reading it now will be a different experience because I have changed. And the world has changed. The books that we choose to re-read may contain the same words, but the way those words impact us, the way the characters feel to us, the way we identify with the story, can be an utter game changer.
Our Zoom discussion is set for Tuesday, March 21st, mark your calendars accordingly.