Reading River Teeth, Stories and Writings, by David James Duncan. River teeth are the remains of trees that have been preserved, and gnarled, beneath the flow of a river. Her father had several river teeth, that he found on fishing trips and brought home. A friend gave him this book because of that, and she got it from him.
The author writes, in introducing his stories: My hope, in sharing a few personal river teeth here, is to let go of what can't be saved, to honor what can and perhaps to make others more aware of, and more willing to accept and share, the same cycle in themselves.
The book is a series of short stories and the one she's reading now is about a 7-year-old girl who believes only what she sees and hears on the news. For her, there is no Easter Bunny, no Santa Claus and, because she's never seen them, no garbage collectors, who come while she's sleeping.
The last book she read was The Toughest Indian in the World, by Sherman Alexie. Her Dad had that one, too. She's not much of a reader, she said, but since her Dad passed away in January, she's been reading everything he recommended.
It's a way to become closer to him.
Has a book ever helped you to become closer to another person, either by sharing that book with them or, by identifying with characters who have common ground with people in your life?
Posted by sonya worthy at Friday, March 21, 2008