Tuesday, August 23, 2005
His mother came up with the idea of a literary bridal shower. Everyone was to bring me a book.
Since this shower was only with his family, she also suggested a theme: everyone should bring either their favorite book or a book dear to them that they want to share with me, maybe so I can get to know them better or maybe because it has marriage advice they found valuable.
It was great. Not only did I get books, mostly by authors I didn't know of, I got to know my soon-to-be family a bit better. His family is full of readers, geeks, PhDs, economists, computer scientists, and amateur astronomers, and they loved the idea and the books I got, which I left out to be pored over the rest of the time I was there.
Best shower theme ever.
The non-fiction included Robert Wright's "The Moral Animal," Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet," and John Keegan's "Fields of Battle."
And for travel lit, "Jaguars Ripped my Flesh" by Tim Cahill. (I haven't read it, but I loved his book "Pecked to Death by Ducks")
Speaking of travel books, weren't we planning a group trip to the Caribbean at one point? What happened to that?