Book Serendipity

One of my favorite bookstores is The Book Worm, in Boulder, Colorado. The BW carries only used books and is a popular stop for my entire family, even my eight-year-old, who scours the shelves for new (used) Garfield and Wimpy Kid books. Recently I wandered past a copy of Adam Leith Gollner's The Fruit Hunters. This is the great thing about used book stores -- it was only a few dollars, so deciding to buy it on a whim wasn't a financial stretch. The book ended up traveling to Europe and back with me, and I savored Gollner's adventures into the world of fruit obsessions, including his own. What was serendipitous about this is that I'm working on a novel the revolves around a plant-obsessed character. Gollner's book turned out to be great background reading.

Along the same lines, I walked into our local library and found Dr. Judy Melinek's new memoir, Working Stiff, on the "new books" shelf. Turns out my novel has some scenes that involve post-mortem investigation. Bingo! Melinek's book, written with her husband, turned out to be a delightful piece of background reading. It's a page-turner, too -- we all are fascinated by death, and every body she takes apart has a story she is trying to tell. Medical examiners get all the good stuff ...