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Posted June 29, 2012
Humorous essays with heart, squirrels and teeth...
A collection of essays, a series of curious insights, a lively, laugh-out-loud tapestry of those uncommon threads that make a real person… Biting humor, lions with biting teeth, bright satire, odd musing’s on the naming of Tom… Yes, these essays do all hang together, somehow, like a family, bound by that glorious thread of sincere humanity.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was offered the chance to review R. Scott Anderson's book of essays. The author’s an oncologist, so I’m curious. He’s a writer from Mississippi, so he carries that Southern literary outlook. He’s worked in the Middle East, Central America, with the NYPD, the SEALS, the Navy’s EOD community and more, so he knows his acronyms and the ways of the world. And he’s got lots of kids.
So what does he write about in his column for Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association? Well, he writes essays. Sometimes there’s something medical about them. Sometimes they’re set in Africa and the lions are drawing close. Sometimes there are squirrels. There's an old school bus as well, the odd car accident...
The Uncommon Thread feels like conversations with a curious friend where you quickly find yourself hoping he’ll keep in touch. Laughing over his exploits and disasters, listening as he turns serious, plotting as the threads run wild and wondering how they’ll come back together... Okay, I didn’t love every piece, but I certainly loved the book. I even laughed out loud during the soccer on TV—what heresy!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.