#6Degrees of Separation: From Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume to Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian

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It’s the first Saturday of the month which means it’s time for 6 Degrees of Separation!

Here’s how it works: a book is chosen as a starting point by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.

Kate says: Books can be linked in obvious ways – for example, books by the same authors, from the same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or, you may choose to link them in more personal or esoteric ways: books you read on the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend, books that remind you of a particular time in your life, or books you read for an online challenge. Join in by posting your own six degrees chain on your blog and adding the link in the comments section of each month’s post.   You can also check out links to posts on Twitter using the hashtag #6Degrees.


This month’s starting book is Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume. The author of many books, Judy Blume was a recipient of The Library of Congress Living Legends Award in 2000.

Another recipient of the Living Legends Award was Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are. Sendak was born to Polish Jewish immigrant parents and many members of his extended family died during the Holocaust.

Living Among the Dead: My Grandmother’s Holocaust Survival Story of Love and Strength by Adena Bernstein Astrowsky is the real life story of how Mania Lichtenstein, through a combination of chance and the courage of others, escaped two pogroms and survived horrific conditions in the ghettos.

The Good Doctor of Warsaw by Elisabeth Gifford is inspired by the true story of one of World War II’s quiet heroes – Dr Janusz Korczak – who cared for children in the Warsaw ghetto.

The Citadel by A. J. Cronin follows the life of a young and idealistic Scottish doctor, Andrew Manson, as he works in the mining towns of South Wales in the interwar years.  It’s based on Cronin’s own experiences as a physician.

Another writer who was a physician was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of amongst others The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.  He served as a ship’s surgeon at one point.

Master and Commander is the first in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey and Maturin series, featuring Captain Jack Aubrey RN and ship’s surgeon, Stephen Maturin.

Where did your chain take you this month?

17 thoughts on “#6Degrees of Separation: From Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume to Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian

  1. Ah… Sendak! Love that book. Read it to my kids so much that my copy died a very painful death. Oh, and The Good Doctor of Warsaw is next on my ARC reading list! Sounds amazing, especially because I know his story very well (there’s a street named after him in my neighborhood).

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  2. Nice work. I’ve heard of the Good Doctor but not read it. I knew about Conan Doyle, but missed the obvious that there must be ship’s doctor in the O’Brian books. The Irish Country Doctor series features a WWII ship’s doctor.

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  3. Goodness, you’re the first one to mention Cronin’s Citadel in years! It was one of my mother’s favourite books – and of course, since it was about working class communities, it was a book suitably revered in Socialist Romania.

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