Saturday, July 18, 2009

A 'Return to Sullivan's Island' -- ARE YOU KIDDING?????

After a recent trip to the bookstore, here are some random thoughts.

Contrary to the way it looks as you walk around, Stephanie Meyer, J.K. Rawling and John Grisham are not the only authors being published these days.

If you have to depend on a TV show host to advise you on what book to read ... you're not really a reader, you're a TV watcher who follows orders well.

Let's list the titles of bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank: Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms, Pawley's Island, Bulls Island. Do you see the theme that is developing? However, I give credit where credit is due. She also has the more creatively named novels: Plantation, Shem Creek, Full of Grace, The Land of Mango Sunsets.

So her new novel is titled (are you ready?)... Return to Sullivan's Island. Has she run out of ideas already? (Don't answer that. It's a rhetorical question. We all know the answer.)

Come on! How about Edisto Island (which is nit-picking cause Plantation dealt with the ACE Basin which is on Edisto Island). Did she forget Bear Island? How about Deewees, Sol Legare, Morris, Folly, Kiawah, Seabrook, James, Johns, Daniel, Wadmalaw? And that's not even mentioning Hilton Head, Fripp, St. Helena and Parris Islands!

Is she discriminating against these islands? If so ... why? I, for one, was waiting with bated breathe for the publication of Gold Bug Island.

How (and why)did coffee shops and book stores become so closely connected? I never think ... hmm, I want coffee, let's go to the book store.

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