The very first thing I need to say is that my previous post about "gentle readers" is also an author appreciation post: My gratitude to Kathe Koja, Christina Meldrum, and Julie Schumacher.
Today, I'd like to take a moment to appreciate authors of nonfiction. As an indexer, my life is a stream of nonfiction--everything from the lives of parasites to the history of the Hubble telescope comes by in the flow. And not a day goes by when I don't read something that knocks me flat with wonder.
I'm surprised at how often bear cubs were traveling companions in wagons jolting across the frontier.
I'm delighted and a little heartbroken to read a letter written on a playing card by a lonely girl in the 18th century.
Blood Libel in Damascus, Scooby Doo's sliding feet, bras used as fishing lures, loom weights discovered during the excavation of a Roman brothel, onions and honey... It's all in the wonder cupboard--thanks to nonfiction authors.
My next post will include some authors who were also tasked with teaching me to write.