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 Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler.
‘Redhead’ immediately made me think of the story ‘The Redheaded League’ in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in which the distinctive hue of pawnbroker Jabez Wilson’s hair makes him the ideal candidate for a lucrative but seemingly meaningless occupation.
Another literary redhead is Anne Shirley, famous for her fiery temper and star of the much-loved children’s classic Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. (The ‘M’ stands for Maud).
Maud by Melanie J. Fishbane is a fictional account of the life of L. M. Montgomery and her struggle to become a writer.
Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts tells the story of another Maud – Maud Gage Baum, wife of the author L. Frank Baum who wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Maud met Judy Garland, the then unknown young actress playing the role of Dorothy, on the set of The Wizard of Oz in 1939.
The Wizard of Oz was beaten to the Oscar for Best Picture in 1939 by the film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind.
Where did your chain take you this month?