Monday, June 13, 2005

One more thing about Harriet Doerr

Here is the other thing about Harriet Doerr's work and why I'm a fan: As I read Consider This, Senora, I found myself appreciating life more--the things which might be considered the simple things. Laughing with my son at comedians--George Carlin, Henny Youngman, Joan Rivers--on vintage Johnny Carson tapes from the library. The sun on the magenta bougainvillea. The morning air filled with a misty rain. The Mexican seller of vegetable plants, flowers and cacti at the Farmer's Market down the street. The bamboo wind chimes hanging outside our front door. Loyal friends. A ball of violet yarn. The UPS man dropping a package--most likely a book--on my front stoop. My husband.

And the title, Stones for Ibarra, has always puzzled me. What could it mean? I love that I had to reach the end of the book to find out.

Yes, I am a major Harriet Doerr fan.

Curious who strikes y'all that way, what author(s) illuminate your life in some new way.

2 comments:

Keris Stainton said...

Ah, it's Elizabeth Berg for me. Talk about making the ordinary extraordinary. I used to devour her books. Now I save them and savour them.

And she's written a book on writing. It's on my must read list.

Donald's significant other said...

Harriet Doerr, whom I love and admire, reminds me of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who makes each character palpable through his use colorful language to evoke particular moods and feelings.

I introduce Doerr and Marquez to anybody willing to read them.