Old favorites also appeal—you can read them while medicated because you know them so well. McMurty’s Lonesome Dove (1999) at 856 pages hardcover may be too heavy for my drugged arms to hold up, but Donna Tartt’s The Secret History (2004) is more compact. That book includes a bacchanal, which is appropriate for a reader on oxycodone.
Ed just bought all six books in the Away Goes Sally series begun in 1934 by Elizabeth Coatsworth. These are a great memory from his childhood but new to me, so I’m eager to get into them while Ed dutifully provides ice packs and Schedule A narcotics to keep the pain at or below three.
Finally, I’ll surely revisit two books from childhood that I had to hunt down (and pay a bit of $$ for because they’re both first editions): A Candle in Her Room by Ruth M. Arthur (1972) and Magic Island by Madye Lee Chastain (1964). In both a clever girl faces uncertainty but perseveres to save the day, something I hope to do once I’ve got two good knees and have kicked my oxy habit!
What is your favorite book to read in an altered state?
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