Six Degrees of Separation – from Postcards to Julie

It’s time for #6degrees. Start at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six books, and see where you end up.

This month we begin with a work of autobiographical fiction, Postcards From the Edge by Carrie Fisher. I haven’t read it (yes, a big gap in my reading history), but I do remember my mum reading it. My mum was (and still is) an avid reader, and she particularly loved family sagas. Although we rarely read the same books, she did press another work of autobiographical fiction on me – The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. I devoured it.

My most recent family saga was Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

I finished Pachinko at the same time as Matt Haig’s The Comfort Book. I usually have three or four books on the go at once, and they often become linked in my memory for no other reason than that.

I paired The Comfort Book with a lemon drizzle cake. I love lemon cake, and happened to make a cherry and lemon cake this week from the only baking book I cook from – Luisa Weiss’s Classic German Baking.

I have long been a fan of Weiss’s recipes (and blog) but only recently acquired a copy of her memoir, My Berlin Kitchen.

Of course, the ultimate ‘kitchen story’ has to be Julie and Julia by Julie Powell, which chronicles Powell’s attempts to cook all 524 recipes from Julia Child’s classic cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

Next month (September 4, 2021), we’ll start with 2021 Booker Prize nominee, Second Place by Rachel Cusk.

36 responses

    • I’m sure it was a book that ‘everyone’ was reading when it was released – my mum and her friends were always circulating paperbacks.

      Yes, Tan would have been a fitting end – I didn’t think of it!

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  3. Your chain is very interesting and so diverse this month! Pachinko and The Joy Luck Club are both still on my TBR and Julie and Julia is a book a also still need to check out.

    I also read more than one book at the same time and yes, they do tend to finish at the same time. I am there at the moment!

    Have a good August!

    Elza Reads

  4. Brilliant. I read the first two books on your list, The Joy Luck Club was one of the first books I read with one of my book clubs about 20 years ago, Pachinko I read only this year. Both fantastic books.

    My Six Degrees of Separation led me via a few other books about language to
    Santa Lucia
    by Nobel Prize Winner Selma Lagerlöf.

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  6. My comments always disappear when I click on the verification so I am trying again.

    I remember The Joy Luck Club from when it was new. More recently I enjoyed Pachinko and My Berlin Kitchen. In fact, I was asked to review My Berlin Kitchen for someone who thought it was a romance. When I called my editor and said it was a food memoir she was very surprised – it had just been mislabeled.

    Here is my link:

  7. Hi Kate. I inadvertently linked to last month’s Six Degrees when I put up my Mr Linky link. I’ve tried to change it or delete it (because I added the correct one later) but when I click on it, it just goes to my incorrect link.
    I don’t know if you, as owner, can disable the first ‘Janine’ link – if so, please feel free to do so. Sorry for mucking up your links.

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  9. I loved The Joy Luck Club. It sits in my memory alongside Wild Swans. I loved Pachinko, too. Cherry and lemon cake sounds right up my culinary street. I haven’t heard of Luisa Weiss. I will have to google her, if only for a cake recipe that marries two of my favourite flavours.

    My chain was a haphazard hop across stepping stones, and I only saw what it was about when I got to the end.

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