It is, once again, time for me to review a book of short stories! For this month, I chose to read (although, once again, not finish, haha) “I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from NPR’s National Story Project” by Paul Auster. I purchased this book as a 19-year-old in a second-hand bookshop in Salt Lake City, and it was a delight to read this book, ultimately about relationships, as a more mature person.
I thought, as many of us do, that I was mature at 19 and now I realize that I definitely was not. I’m certainly not now, the only difference is that now I can admit it to myself, haha.
Ironically, the namesake story of the book “I Thought My Father Was God” was one of my least favorite in the entire book.
I’ll take a side-bar to say that as a teenager I was always told to read my scriptures regularly throughout my life because I would find new things to edify and sustain me based on what was going on at the time. I reflect that this is true of any book we choose to read, sacred or not. I would even posit to you, my wonderful reader, that all words are sacred regardless of where we think they’re coming from.
I share this side-bar because the stories that really stood out to me were stories of grief. Like many of you, I struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and reading this book throughout February meant that I was, and am if I’m being perfectly honest, struggling with the darkness and cold. There are stories of war, stories of family dynamics that are not ideal, and stories of people struggling to find home. These are not all the stories in this book, there are ones that are delightfully light-hearted and made me laugh out loud.
Outside of the sad, it was comforting to read about people who find joy in everyday moments – even the slightly boring ones. Overall, this is certainly a book I would recommend. I want to conclude by saying that I am not a participant in any affiliate program and this review is solely my own and I will not see any dollars if you click on the link to the book and decide to purchase it.