Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them
(I only have time to write about three today)
I was always pretty good with horses. After reading Seabiscuit, I became a little bit obsessed. I learned so much about bugboys and claiming races. I visited my family’s county fair with renewed interest in the thoroughbred races and became adept at picking the Kentucky Derby winners (I picked Mine That Bird, just sayin’).
Always a fan of tea, I admit to becoming more snobbish over the years as I learned more about it. Then I read about covert spy and plant thief Robert Fortune when I read For All The Tea In China. When we went to the UK on our honeymoon, I made sure to visit a couple of his haunts, including the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh and the Chelsea Physic Garden in London. I actually squealed when I saw a specimen that had his name in the taxonomic.
I first learned about Miller in a fabulous class I took in college — Paris / NY in the 1920s. Since then, I keep coming back to her incredible story and her brave work. At first a model for Vogue and Man Ray, she became a great photographer in her own right, and even refused to leave Europe during the war, choosing to document it instead. Her eye for “street” photography and surrealism lent a different cast to the images coming back. Check out Lee Miller’s War.
There are so many more, but I had to cut this one short today.