I was in the library reading “Big Stone Gap” by Adriana Trigiani in preparation for a book talk I was going to present. In the story the protagonist recounts the history behind their town. Seems it was famous for its annual play, “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” based on the book of the same name by John Fox, Jr. The book was written in 1900 and was the #1 book in the country until “Gone With the Wind.” I didn’t realize this was an actual book until a woman came into the library that same day, with a box of books she was donating. On the top of the pile was….you guessed it! Trail of the Lonesome Pine by John Fox. Jr, 1st edition.
But that’s not all…A week later I was again reading Big Stone Gap when my eldest daughter called to chat. She asked me what I was doing and I told her, “Reading a book by Adriana Trigiani.”
“Big Stone Gap?” She asked. “I read that a few weeks ago and loved it!”
We talked about the book and I told her the Lonesome Pine incident and how I came to be reading it. I asked her why she read it.
She had been browsing for something to read and pulled it off the library shelf. The amazing thing is that this book was written in 2000, not a current bestseller at the time by any means. Great minds think alike!
What are you reading?
Day 19 of the A-Z Challenge!