From time to time, Amazon sends me an email asking me to recommend a book for people who have read something Amazon’s records show that I’ve read, too. It’s kind of a neat idea and a quick, easy way to share with people who have similar interests. They also send me suggestions from time to time from other people. I know some people say they like to read reviews by people who didn’t like a book because those generally give a more detailed analysis of it. I think people want to just enjoy a book without analyzing it. Sometimes if you read a truly amazing book you want to sit down with others who thought so, too, and figure out what made it so great but, overall, I think people just want to get lost in the enjoyment; if you spend a lot of time analyzing as you go then maybe the book isn’t that great after all. Sometimes in a movie, I get so lost in the story I couldn’t even tell you afterwards what the music was like. (Music? There was music, too? Oh!)
Today, I got an email asking me to recommend a book to read after the Katharine Hepburn autobiography. Here’s what I think. If you enjoyed Ms. Hepburn’s “stream of consciousness” writing style in Me: Stories of My Life and are a fan of hers (or Bogart’s or Huston’s, for that matter), you’ll enjoy her tales of the making of the movie (based on C.S. Forester’s book), The African Queen. Called The Making of the African Queen; Or How I Went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind, this, too, is full of wonderful anecdotes and rare photos from their time together on location. You can pick the story up anywhere in the book but you should read it beginning to end first and then go back and reread favourites. Hepburn has a writing style all her own and you can just imagine her voice chatting away in your head as you read. Enjoy!