While looking back through earlier issues of Ninepatch I paused on a couple of book comments. Back in 2012, M. Joan listed books she had read. Looking at her list I realized I, too, had read Alex Haley’s Roots and John Griffin’s Black Like Me and also Alan Paton’s Cry the Beloved Country. Until I saw that reader’s list, I never heard anyone else I knew speak of reading those books.

It was an affirmation. I am not alone in my reading interests.


Nancyann (Feb.’21) adds, “I can think of only two books I started but quit in disgust and disinterest. They were J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and Anthony Burgess’s dystopian novel Clockwork Orange.”


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