School was closed. This isn't the very first snow this season but it's certainly the first day of real snow—that is, deep snow, blowing snow, power outages—and the bridge over the creek next to the bakery had a real holiday look this morning. Curl up and read, friends! I’m in town waiting for Dan, the UPS man, to bring me The Elegance of the Hedgehog, strongly recommended by a family member, and Mouth Wide Open, another fun foodie book out in paperback in time for the holidays. Animals Make Us Human, the new book by Temple Grandin, is going on my next order, along with anything else my customers request.
One recent request (coming today or tomorrow) was How Football Explains America. (I’d be on somewhat firmer ground if the explanation were baseball.) Someone else ordered How We Live and How We Die, two books by the same author; another asked for A Whole New Mind; still another wants (to know) How to Write Like Chekhov. I’d settle for my old (used) mind, if only I could learn to write like Chekhov. It’s always interesting, though, to see what titles come together on an order list, kind of like looking at a virtual communal bookshelf where neighbors have each contributed a book or two.