Sunday, June 19, 2016
We have been passing Bill Bryson books back and forth the past six months, Dad and I. It began with A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, and then I gave him The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid for Christmas. We continued with Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe, and Dad just finished armchair-traveling via Bryson's memoir of a trek through Australia, In a Sunburned Country, one of his Father's Day presents from me this year. A Short History of Nearly Everything is on a shelf here too, waiting for my next trip home. We have both loved the Appalachian Trail book the best--neither of us wanted it to end--and agree that hiking it would be amazing if one could stay safe while doing so. (I keep it as a "someday" goal, along with hiking the Camino de Santiago.) Today Dad is alternately reading Bryson's The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island, baseball game-watching, and barbecuing with my mom, brothers, and my brothers' wives and kids. I myself hope to manage to get home both next month and in August for the next two meetings of the Dad-and-Daughter Book Club.