It's six days overdue AND there are twenty-two people still waiting for it. I cannot in good conscience, as a responsible library user, keep this book any longer.
But after picking this book up last night and reading an essay that spoke to my heart (a future slice), the only solution is to BUY THE BOOK.
I hope my local indie bookstore has it in stock or can get it quickly. Our library system has 12 copies, but I waited MONTHS for it to arrive on my holds shelf.
I should have known that this book is one I NEED to own.
Look at all the boxes it checks:
It has essays.
It has poetry.
It is an anthology.
It explores diverse perspectives.
It has voices I love (Kwame Alexander, Richard Blanco, Claudia Castro Luna, Jamie Ford, Nikki Giovanni, Jane Hirshfield, Jean Kwok, Dani Shapiro, Jennie Shortridge, Garth Stein, Luis Alberto Urrea).
It has my OLW for 2021 in the subtitle: "Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of Covid-19."
It has an endorsement by Anne Patchett on the front cover: "Showcases the human desire to grieve, explore, comfort (there's my OLW again!), connect."
It supports independent booksellers. "Every author, editor, and business partner has donated their creativity and services to support independent booksellers in need."
What was I thinking? This is a book that I MUST own.
And just in case you're wondering. This slice of life is not a book review! It's my justification for buying this book.
Fingers crossed that Island Books has it in stock!
(Update: They had it and now I own it!)