Books on Planes

In the study of history, it’s sometimes possible to identify the sparks that ignite a conflagration, those identifying moments where history is measured in pre- and post- terms. The tipping points.

It’s much, much harder to determine when you made the transition from teenage rebel into a carbon copy of your parents. But, as I muddled over the last 2 daily prompts (Favorite Books of 2018 & Conversations Overheard on Planes), I was able to identify one such moment for myself.


They ran out of room before they put 4) driving in the dark or rain!

When the movie Steel Magnolias came out in 1989, it was a BIG DEAL (I knew people who’d been extras– I’m talking to you, Kent Fryar). It is a fantastic movie, but is heartbreaking. And my parents didn’t want to go see it. Because it was sad. Too real life.

And I didn’t get it.

11 years later, I went to Belize to scuba dive and picked up Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible to read on the plane. Big mistake. Huge.

There is a reason Beach Reads is a category. Because of people like my parents. People like me.


About Laura Alford, PhD

I'm a recent graduate of LSU (PhD in Accounting). In addition to academic research, I also write fiction on Tuesday nights with the Asilomar Writers.
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