I started this site just over a year ago, with the intention of it being an advice column for readers. I was so happy to get so many “Dear Book Dr.” letters and to be able to share them on the site. But as the year progressed, I felt that it wasn’t growing because I could only write when there were letters.
I hope to have more letters. Please, write in for book requests! caro[at]book-dr[dot]com.
But I have realized that this is about more for me than just reading advice. It’s about story, and all that means to me as well.
I have turned to books as trusted friends and advisers ever since I pulled my first all-nighter under the covers to finish Bridge to Terebithia when I was in elementary school. I was a lover of books before then, afterward I became obsessed. I have stayed obsessed ever since.
When I studied psychology and expressive arts in graduate school, I was most entranced by the idea of Narrative Therapy. We make meaning out of our lives through story. We take the events in our heads and tell ourselves stories about them. This happens any time I say to myself “I’m the kind of person who…” Do you know this line as well?
There is more to share here. I hope to start a conversation about the stories that inform our lives. The books we are reading, the movies and shows that have lit us up and made other ways of living an option. I have so many of all of these- whenever I watch or read Henry and June, it’s all I can do not to run around in garter belts and ride my bike in flowy dresses in the woods for weeks. Or at least I got that way in my twenties. Now I am more likely to want to rent a castle in Italy for the month of April wishing for things hard enough that it happens.
So this is the new beginning here at Book Dr. There will be letters, I really hope there will be. But I want everyone to feel free to write about more. To talk about more here.
Let the story begin…