by Kim WyattTahoe Blues edited by Kim Wyatt ~ Bona Fide Books ~ 133 pages ~ 5/5 stars
Anyone who knows me knows I love Lake Tahoe. My family has been going there since I was a kid. I went to college there. I turned 30 there. I grew into myself there. I would love to live there again. Tahoe Blues is the perfect little beach book, although I didn’t read it at the beach. I read it after I returned to Vegas and was feeling nostalgic for all things Tahoe.
The book is divided into nine sections, each named after a shade of blue. It’s apt because the lake is so many different shades of blue, from powder blue to midnight. I spent many nights in the inky darkness of midnight at Ski Beach or Speedboat Beach, many nights laughing with friends, many nights contemplating life. Each section of the book contains stories about the lake and the hold it often has over people. There is something about the lake, when the light is just right, that feels magical. It harkens back to a simpler time, when there was nothing to do but spend all day at the beach, until skin is golden and faces are flushed from the sun.
I set out intending to read this book to get some fresh perspective on the lake I love so much. I got that, and more. So many people have been inspired by Lake Tahoe, inspired to write both fiction and non-fiction. I am the sort of person who writes in books, highlighting passages that inspire me, marking stories that I want to come back to. Tahoe Blues is one of those books I will return to when I am missing that second home, that space where my friends reside, where the air is so fresh it makes your chest ache. There is no significance to the fact that I used two different colors to mark passages – it’s just what I had on hand.
I will leave with you a few passages that stuck out as I read:
And, sometimes, you know, all you really need is sky, mountains, trees, streams, and birds to make you think that maybe, just maybe, it’s worth putting up with all those casino jerks and dead-end dates, just to be able to drink in all that nature stuff. ~A Hike to Scott’s Lake, Frank Riley
Tahoe has a power about it, a mystical force that seems to draw people here and connect them. ~Tahoe Magic, Melissa Siig
High up above, in a sky a thousand miles deep and wide, hangs the moon. Shining down, turning night into day, stars scattered like buckshot, dimples puncturing the blackness all around. The lake glows still and gentle under the light, untold mysteries within its cool waters. ~Snow Mechanics, Stacy Hicks
Disclaimer: I received my copy of Tahoe Blues as a gift. I was not compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.
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|Publisher||Bona Fide Books|
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|Book rating||4 (11 votes)