Tuesday, May 09, 2006

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    We stood together on the wrong side of the Taj Mahal,
    where we weren't supposed to be,
    holding hands in the moonlight.
    -Perri Klass and Sheila Solomon Klass

    I am tempted to write a paean to my local independent bookstore. It is a wonderful, welcoming, cheerful place full of really good books. It has heart. It has soul. I can walk to it. It is across the street from a coffee shop and around the corner from a yarn store. They have comfy couches and they support Reach Out and Read.

    But I will mostly spare you. Instead, I'll tell you about last night's exciting reading and book signing by the mother-daughter author team of Perri Klass, pediatrician, author, knitter, founder of Reach Out and Read, and daughter; and Sheila Solomon Klass, professor, author, and mother.

    This is an unusual book from two witty and gifted authors (you may be familiar with Perri's column in Knitter's magazine, or with her book Two Sweaters for My Father, a collection of essays about knitting). The mother-daughter team wrote it in tandem, apparently doing little or no editing of the other's work, but writing in response. When they read aloud sections from their writing, I felt as if I were in the middle of a great conversation. They write on their relationship, their relationships with their children, their travels together, the knitting Perri does for Sheila, the way they cook, and anything else that comes up. It includes recipes. It includes knitting patterns. Really, when was the last time a "regular" book included knitting patterns?

    After the mad crush at the last book signing I attended, I was a little surprised to see a crowd closer to 2o than to 100, in part because comparing this book to Knitting Rules!, Every Mother is a Daughter has a much wider potential audience. Don't get me wrong - I love Stephanie and her niche of knitting humor. But I'm of the mind that the Yarn Harlot book signings are much more about getting together as a knitting community than there are about the books themselves. Last night was in line with every other (non-Stephanie) book signing I've ever attended, because it was about the book and the author rather than the friends you'd expect to see.

    This has a potential for a longer conversation about the commercial impact of knitblog "buzz," but maybe we'll save that for another day. (Although you could buzz about the Klass and Klass book -it's quality writing and reading and cooking and knitting.)

    Mother's Day is coming. I didn't do any impressive Mother's Day knitting, but if you need proof that I love my mom, look at her Christmas present. Anyway, if you aren't done your knitting, your mother will like this book. (And, Dad? This is not a good day to show Mom the blog. Thanks.)

    7 Comments:

    Blogger Karen said...

    I hadn't heard of that book yet, but it sounds wonderful. Recipes and knitting and great mother / daughter conversations - what more could I want. I'm putting it on my birthday list right now!!! Thanks for the great "review".

    5/09/2006 10:04 AM  
    Anonymous Rachel said...

    Well, you won't be surprised to know that after a week of entering 175 Amazing Lace participants, I think knitblog buzz is a force to be reckoned with. Now if I can just get a book deal and harness the buzz for my own commercial gain....

    5/09/2006 12:00 PM  
    Blogger Stephanie said...

    Sounds lovely. I'll have to see if I can find it. Thanks for the heads up.

    5/09/2006 12:56 PM  
    Blogger Carrie K said...

    Oh, you DO love your mother!

    I'll have to look for the book - knitting patterns? I'd read something about it but didn't realize it was out.

    5/09/2006 3:23 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    SOCKS STARTED STOP FEAR NOT
    STOP

    5/09/2006 8:28 PM  
    Anonymous diana said...

    Oh, thanks for posting about this Theresa. I'm going to get a copy for my mom!

    5/10/2006 3:27 AM  
    Blogger Chris said...

    I like more sedate book signings, myself. Sounds like it was a good one.

    5/10/2006 3:26 PM  

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