Books are a source of inspiration, knowledge, information, and entertainment. Book clubs are a way in which people can share the joy of reading, debate the issues, and find common ground. Technology has given enormous advantages, which has made our reading even more productive and efficient. Chapters, Indigos, Amazon, and our public library have treasures yet to be read. I started On the Road Book Club blog in 2011 to commemorate a new decade of reading. Over the years, I have read outstanding works of fiction that carried me into the early hours of the morning – I couldn’t put them down. Now, my attention is directed toward non-fiction books because they set out to examine and consider historical events, scientific endeavours and social and cultural transitions. These narratives celebrate our courage and ingenuity, recount our despair and tragedies and restore our optimism and confidence. Thank you to those authors for their diligence and attention to detail. Indeed, I have come to appreciate the enormity of research and the multi-disciplinary approach demonstrated in their writings.
On the Road is a record of my reading experiences and personal observations. There is always a story to be read, an adventure to be imagined, and an idea to be understood. Words give meaning to the present while expressing the universal hopes and aspirations of humanity, past and future. Gertrude Stein once said, “A masterpiece…may be unwelcome but it is never dull.” For me, books that challenge my “status quo” and test my firmly held beliefs may be uncomfortable, but they are anything but boring. The bond between writer and reader gives relevance to the exchange. My goal is to understand the message in the spirit in which it was given and to embrace the diversity of accepted wisdom. In the end, it is about connecting with others, whether they live in our century or 2500 years ago.
Rebecca (AKA Clanmother)