Sunday, June 13, 2010

When Current Events Bring a Forgotten Book to Mind

When something like the huge oil spill disaster happens, we are often given to periods of reevaluation on what we really think about such important environmental issues and how our actions, lifestyle, and greed affect the rest of the world. What can we be doing better or differently?

One of the things I love about books is that they often provide the space for us to consider these things. A fictional story can show us the multiple sides of a story and gently nudge our hearts and minds to accept the possibility that we might need to change.

Lately, I've been thinking about a book I read a little over a year ago. It might be the only book I've ever read that dealt with an oil spill and it's certainly not a really serious heavy book. But I really liked it at the time and I think it's funny the way it has come to revisit me given current events. It's beyond bizarre how books can make life more real and life can make books more real.

Anyway, if you're in the mood for a story about the conflict over oil boiled down to just two people with humor and if I remember correctly, heart, then I recommend Last Mango in Texas by Roy Blackston.

Have you read any books about oil spills or have you ever had the experience where current events bring books you've read previously to mind?


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