Lisa and Lisa answer a query — the first ever sent to our email account. Our listener asked for recommendations of good things to read while waiting. Her question was inspired by time she spends in her car with her napping younger child while waiting for her oldest son to finish up a swim class or hockey camp or a play date. We’re sure parents everywhere can relate!
So Lisa and Lisa’s discussion targets books that are good to have in the passenger seat, ones that satisfy for a quick read. They qualify these as ones easily set down when the wait is over, but occupy you while in hand. They also consider books for other types of waiting: waiting for sleep to come, for dentists to finish cleaning, for children to learn, for jobs to arrive, for contracts to be signed and eventually ask the question “What is not waiting?”
Lisa L C’s picks include Teachings of the Buddha by Jack Kornfield, which she keeps in the car to read at stop lights (don’t ask). She also selected two books from the “Best of Series”. She chose 2007 Best American Travel Writing edited by Susan Orlean, Best Food Writing of 2009 edited by Holly Hughes. She then gave a general recommendation -since most people are looking for nightly dinner inspiration – to peruse cookbooks while waiting, in particular Sweety Pies: An Uncommon Collection of Womanish Observations, with Pie by Patty Pinner and Alexandra Grablewski. This is a charming collection of pie recipes and character sketches of the ladies who make them.
J Lisa C chose Here in Harlem: poems in many voices by Walter Dean Myers. She purchased this collection after reading Love That Dog a fabulous children’s book by Sharon Creech which uses Mr. Myers’ poetry. She also selected Brave Companions, a collection of essays by David McCullough that inspired her move to DC years ago, and The Woman I Kept to Myself, a poetry collection by Julia Alvarez.
And of course no discussion about waiting would be complete without a mention of Dr. Suess’ classic Oh The Places You’ll Go. The Lisa’s strongly recommend a rereading of the section about Theodore Geisle’s dreaded “waiting place.”
The Lisas are working on a motto in homage to waiting inspired by today’s show — something along the lines of “without waiting we could not read.”