A certain gesture at a certain time, the inner warmth of the mild tonic bath, the trustful obedience – healing, it is called!
This day marks my 30th trip around our star, the sun, and I am pretty excited to leave my roaring twenties. Last year, I got my first few grays which was pretty exciting, but there’s been none since – I think that’s kind of weird. Maybe they skip a year or two? I think the way we measure age in this country is not ideal since for all of my life, I’ve felt as if I was an old woman trapped inside a girl’s body.
I didn’t really celebrate my own birthday until my 7th year – when I moved to the states, where people celebrate their continued existence by receiving gifts and eating cakes. I liked the cakes, but I thought getting gifts on your birthday was a little odd, if not too commercial for those existential parties. Over time, I became more private about my birthday and for years, only thought about how I really wanted to celebrate it, which is, to give gifts rather than to receive – so… what better time to start than at the beginning of my
3rd 4th decade?
The gift I’ve chosen is a small one in size, but I think its worth is immeasurable for lovers of good words. If you’re familiar with my books and read here often, you’ll know that I reference MFK Fisher quite a bit. Her words are like literary medicine, and this title is on the same subject of healing: a charming mixed bag of nostrums, elixirs, restoratives, and fortifiers and intersperces them with autobiographical anecdotes. Written with just the right amount of salve in sarcasm, I think it’s a perfect quick read, especially if you’re looking for your own remedy or just seeking medicinal charm from old texts. Plus, this first edition hard copy has a precious drawing of a rabbit drinking some titillating potion. It’s probably the best cover design I’ve seen in ages. The book and its pages are in a near perfect condition, save a drop or two of lawless citrus juice that flew about while I was taking some photos.
Note: If you like antiquarian titles and food, check out Omnivore Books – it’s my favorite source for cookery books, and I love supporting local business!
“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”
― Lewis Carroll, who is also celebrating his birthday today.
This “giveaway” is open for international readers/shipping, so if you’re on the internet, I can probably find a way to ship it to you… Good Luck!
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