Gordon, who received a journalism degree from New York University in 1997, is the founder of the Bluebird Books Bus, a mobile bookstore and art house that fits inside a 1998 Wolfington bus. Since 2011, through traveling retail and book giveaway promotions, Gordon has shared her passion for literature and the arts throughout the Tampa Bay area. In 2012, Gordon began another enterprise, the Open Book Exchange, which includes handcrafted blue boxes filled with books placed in several public places in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. For more information, visit the Bluebird Books Bus page on Facebook.
What's on your nightstand?
I just finished The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion and Deadwood by Pete Dexter.
Do you recommend them?
I would strongly recommend both, although to different readers for different reasons. (The Year of Magical Thinking) is an incisive and engaging memoir about the process of grief, penned by Didion following the sudden death of her husband, John Dunne. . . . Didion's exploration of her own singular response to this universal emotional experience makes a harrowing, but important, read for anyone wrestling with loss.
In its own way, Deadwood also reveals the human experience, filtered through tales of "Gold Rush" America and legendary personalities of the Dakota Black Hills, such as Wild Bill Hickok. . . . If you only read one Western novel in your lifetime, make it this one. Sincerely.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer