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6 responses to “Books by Sean Giorgianni’s Bed”

  1. Gwen

    You just had to bring up, “I am haunted by waters.” It means different things to me at different times, seldom anything positive.

    And you made me laugh because I enjoy memoirs that have little to do with redemption and more to do with recovery. Thing is, I never thought about it that way.


  2. Katy

    Oh Sean, I adore A River Runs Through It. It is one of those stories that I’ve read multiple times and am enraptured by it every time.

    I used to live down the street from a Goodwill book store and it was heaven to go in there and browse the stacks every week. So many books to choose from, a little more expensive than at your Salvation Army store (80 cents for paperback, $1 for hardcover), and I’d walk out of there with an armful every time. The husband started putting his foot down because I’d buy more before I was finished with the ones I bought last time. I like to be surrounded by books. Him, not so much. 😉

  3. Sean Giorgianni

    Gwen, the beauty of “I am haunted by waters” is that it’s a short, powerful declarative sentence – concrete enough to call forth imagination, yet abstract enough to leave room for self-discovery.

    The word “haunted” may vex, but consider the dictionary definition – inhabited or frequented by ghosts; preoccupied, as with an emotion, memory, or idea; obsessed. My guess is, the Halloween movie franchise ruined the better parts of that word. Still, I believe Maclean’s usage has a favorable intent.

    Then consider “waters”, in all their elemental and primeval glory, drowning or sustaining, depending on your remembrance of lineal talents.

    “I am haunted by waters” is perhaps the most intensely poignant sentence I have ever read. And yet I still strive for further understanding. That’s the beauty of reading heavily.

    1. Gwen

      And waters, for me, even has more negative connotations. Not just purifying, but spirit waters, as in alcohol. My family is haunted by alcohol and no matter what we do, it is right behind us, like a shadow, waiting to take control.That is what freaks me out about “I am haunted by waters” the most, the specter of alcoholism is always my companion.

  4. Sean Giorgianni

    Katy, aren’t used bookstores, and the Goodwill and Salvation Army ones, the best? I can’t tell you how many libraries I’ve acquired and lost over the years until finally, a few months ago, I decided to make a clean break.

    I gave away over 500 books and haven’t looked back since (I kept one shelf of cherished reference books on writing and a bible my Grandmother gave me).

    My thinking is this: if I believe in books so much, who am I to hold them hostage on a shelf? Set them free, Katy, and watch the ideas grow around you. Give them away for Halloween, pass them on to co-workers so you have something in common, share them with those who can’t afford to even buy them at Goodwill prices.

    That’s what I call doing great things!

    1. Katy

      Used bookstores are great, except that I tend to accumulate more than I can read in a timely fashion. The majority of my books here have become books I intend to read. I kind of like to keep my favorite books around (A River Runs Through It is one of them!), but everything else I give away. And I like to go through my favorites shelf and reevaluate from time-to-time.

      I haven’t given up on libraries yet. I kind of like the idea that I can borrow a book and that I have to read it within a certain timeframe. It keeps me from increasing that accumulation of TBR piles that I’ve become so good at.

      I’m planning to prune my TBR piles when we move next month. Some books I was optimistic about in the past I just will probably never get around to reading, and they should find new homes.