Happy Monday, Dear Readers! What are you reading right now?
I’m reading The Unknown Travels and Dubious Pursuits of William Clark by Jo Ann Trogdon. About a decade ago, she unearthed William Clark’s journal from 1798, and she reconstructed his questionable activities. Was he a stooge for the evil General James Wilkinson?
You’ll have to read to find out.
I met Jo Ann Trogdon at the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Convention in Kansas City, and I must confess to flubbing our meeting. Completely. Flubbing. I was an IDIOT.
Jo Ann is married to a man named William Least Heat-Moon. Perhaps you’ve heard of him and his international best seller Blue Highways. He was standing at her table when I approached, and I morphed into a giddy fangirl.
Me: “OHMYGOD! It’s such an honor to meet you, William Least Heat-Moon! I read Roads to Quoz with my book club several years ago and enjoyed it so much!”
WLH-M: “Jo Ann is Q in the book.” (desperately trying to turn my attention back to his poor wife, who had the book debut)
Me: “I KNOW!!!!!!” (cackles like I forgot to take my crazy lady medication)
WLH-M: “I noticed you’re an exhibitor. What are you selling?”
Me: (motions in general direction of my display) “Oh, a few books. Nothing compared to what you’ve written.”
WLH-M: (looks toward my table and double takes) “Not Without My Father? You wrote that?”
WLH-M: (charges over to table and PICKS UP MY BOOK) “I just bought this book. From Barnes and Noble. I haven’t read it yet, because I have a lot to read, but this one went in my ‘to read’ pile. If I’d known you were going to be here, I would’ve brought it for you to sign.”
Me: (more insane cackling as I face-planted into carpet)
Books I finished recently:
Malibu Betrayals, a contemporary romance by MK Meredith. I stayed awake until 3:30am panting through this book. 🙂
A beta read for an upcoming memoir.
Martin Marten by the genius Brian Doyle. FIND THIS BOOK AND READ IT.
Meriwether Lewis: The Assassination of an American Hero and the Silver Mines of Mexico, a new Lewis biography by historian Kira Gale. EXCELLENT READ.
What I’m reading next:
The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski