Six Degrees of Separation – from No One is Talking to Motion of the Body

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 Patricia Lockwood’s No One is Talking About This. The first half of the novel explores the ridiculous and fleeting nature of opinions and advice in the online world. Lockwood writes –

Modern womanhood was more about rubbing snail mucus on your face than she had thought it would be. But it had always been something, hadn’t it? Taking drops of arsenic. Winding bandages around the feet…

The obvious link is to the book I’m currently reading, Kaz Cooke’s You’re Doing It Wrong. Cooke examines the history of ‘bad and bonkers advice’ given to women. It’s both fascinating and frightening.

You’re Doing It Wrong is the second book I’ve read for the 2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge. The first was Really Saying Something by Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward.

Woodward was in a relationship with Andrew Ridgeley for many years, so my next link is to his memoir, Wham! George & Me.

From fact to fiction, Teddy Wayne’s novel, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, tells the story of a teen rock star.

Jonny Valentine is managed by his mother. Similarly, in Pretty Ugly by Kirker Butler, Bailey is managed by her mother to become a child beauty pageant star.

In an effort to sabotage her own pageant career, Bailey eats cookies while the treadmill is ‘running’. It’s darkly humorous, as is Lionel Shriver’s The Motion of the Body Through Space, which features a middle-aged man who begins training for a grueling triathlon, despite having never previously exercised.

From unwanted advice for women to rock stars and running – where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

Next month (March 5, 2022), we’ll begin with a modern classic, The End of the Affair by Graham Greene.

30 responses

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  3. I haven’t read any of your books either, but I like the sound of Pretty Ugly and The Motion of the Body Through Space. Can’t believe you start with a books next month, which I’ve actually read (didn’t enjoy it, though).

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  5. I’m sure I’ve said this before in response to you posting about Bananarama, but I adore Keren. She was one of three pop stars I wanted to be during my formative years. She’s up there with Gillian Gilbert and Clare Grogan. I really must get hold of a copy of Really Saying Something.

    Meanwhile, I’ve got survival on my mind this month

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  7. I thought I commented here earlier but it looks like it didn’t work. Will have to remember what I wrote.

    First of all, I haven’t read any of your books but some of them sound very interesting. But, this time I have read the book you chose as the starter for next month, that’s a change for once. LOL

    Looking forward to seeing what others came up with. Thanks for all of this.

    My Six Degrees of Separation ended with The Cost of Sugar by Cynthia McLeod.

    • No, was actually quite thoughtful (as opposed to what you frequently find in celebrity biographies- a chronological recount of events with the odd extra insight!).

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