Six Degrees of Separation is a meme hosted by Kate over at Books Are My Favourite and Best. It works like this: each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six others to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the titles on the list, only to the one next to it in the chain.
This month we’re starting with Elizabeth Day’s Friendaholic which I’ve not read but the subtitle tells me she describes herself as a ‘friendship addict’.
Leading me to Robin Dunbar’s Friends in which the author looks at the importance of friendship.
Which made me think of Robert D. Putnam’s Bowling Alone which looks at the fraying of community and friendship in America.
In Elizabeth McCracken’s Bowlaway, a character is found unconscious in a churchyard with ‘a bowling ball, a candlepin and fifteen pounds of gold’.
McCracken is married to Edward Carey, the author of Little, a quirky fictionalised biography of the diminutive Madame Tussaud.
Leading me to Louisa May Alcott’s much loved classic Little Women about the March sisters.
Geraldine Brooks’ March imagines the life of the sisters’ father, an army chaplain on the abolitionist side during the American Civil War
This month’s Six Degrees has taken me from a book about being addicted to making friends to a novel based on the absent character from a nineteenth-century classic. Part of the fun of this meme is comparing the very different routes other bloggers take from each month’s starting point. If you’re interested, you can follow it on Twitter with the hashtag #6Degrees, check out the links over at Kate’s blog or perhaps even join in.