Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Best Book of the Year So Far: Kris Kleindienst
Kris Kris Kris Kris. What can we tell you about our pal Kris Kleindienst besides the fact that it's impossible to remember how to spell her last name? Well, Kris is part owner of the historic, meteoric, anthropomorphic, ginormic, when you get there you feel euphoric...Left Bank Books in St. Louis. Who does she co-own the store with? Oh, just her husband Jay who promised he would send in a piece for this amazing theme we have going here and hasn't come through. Apparently he was too busy speaking at the new Amazon warehouse in Tennessee! Oh, wait that was Obama. Always getting them confused.
My favorite book this year was On Sal Mal Lane. Comparisons to Dickens are not far off, but I am put in mind more of To Kill a Mockingbird. The tale chronicles the lives of the varied assortment of families living on Sal Mal Lane, as experienced particularly through the eyes of the children there. As the tentative bonds of proximity work their magic in the lives of the residents, the civil war brewing at the boundaries begin to intrude. It is a beautiful, lushly and lovingly written account full of a sense of place and history, but brilliantly universal as well.