So, I got my birthday present in the mail from my dad and must report that my dad kicks ass. He got me When the Mississippi Ran Backwards : Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes by Jay Feldman.
So, why does this present kick so much ass?
(1) He heard about it on NPR* and thought the author was very interesting and that the story was weird, which made him (2) think of how much I like weird things and (3) how much I like books and so he thought (4) that I would really like the book.
Had I ever heard of it? No. Was it on any of the lists I sent him? No.
Instead, he considered the things he finds interesting and the things I find interesting and from that came up with a present.
That breaks my heart.
*Since when does my dad listen to NPR? Maybe he heard about it on WLS. But he said NPR, so who knows? My parents’ ability to surprise me knows no bounds.