Six Degrees of Separation – from Passages to Soundings

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 Passages by Gail Sheehy. I feel like this book was in every household in the seventies… perhaps I only remember it that way because it was one that I vividly recall being passed around between my mum and her friends.

Another was A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford – they were all mad for Bradford’s glamorous sagas.

Similar title but a very different book is Jenny Valentish’s investigative journalism-meets-memoir, Woman of Substances. Valentish examines the neurological links between early trauma and self-destructive behaviours.

Another book focused on substance abuse, specifically alcohol, is Elspeth Muir’s powerful investigative/ memoir, Wasted.

Leslie Jamison has written a book about her battle with alcohol – The Recovering. It’s in my TBR stack and I’m looking forward to reading it as I greatly admire her writing. I’ve read a few of her books, and one that sticks in my mind is a long-form essay, 52 Blue. It’s about a whale and it had me on the verge of tears.

I’ve read a few books about whales but one that’s currently in my TBR stack is Soundings by Doreen Cunningham.

From self-help and best-sellers to substance abuse and whales – where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.

Next month (April 1, 2023), we’ll start with Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run.

26 responses

  1. I published mine a few hours ago but have been out and about. But here it is:

    Love your segue to “substances”. Very nifty. And yes, as an adult in the mid 70s when Passages came out, I remember Barbara Taylor Bradford’s book being around and about – but I wasn’t much interested. I don’t think my mum read it either, because we was a mature-age student doing her degree in English and Linguistics at the time.

  2. I am sure I read that Barbara Taylor Bradford at some point but I don’t recall being a fan.

    I remember seeing Passages everywhere when it came out but I was too young to find it appealing. Sheehy’s obituary is interesting:

    It is snowing in Boston and I had such an exhausting week I slept until 11 so this is a bit late. I hope it is still Saturday down under!

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