Six Degrees of Separation: Rodham to Life or Death

Hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest, on the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form Six Degrees of Separation. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.

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I had no idea where to go with Rodham since it’s unlike anything I choose to read, then, when on Goodreads I decided to page through the ‘Readers Also Enjoy’ feature of the book page, and found something I’d actually read, so let’s start there.

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I doubt Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen actually has anything in common with Rodham. Set in Atlantic City, it’s a dark, gritty story of two young women drawn into the orbit of a serial killer.

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Caitlin Doughty also writes about death, but she blends the tales of her experiences as a crematory operator, and later as a licensed mortician, with a brief historical, cultural and philosophical overview of death rituals, in Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.

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In contrast, in Drink, Smoke, Pass Out, Australian comedienne Judith Lucy writes about life, recounting her journey from hard drinking youth to a more moderate middle age as her rekindled interest in spirituality vies with her deeply ingrained cynicism.

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Lucy is the name of a supporting character in Hermit, a debut novel from S.R. White. Set in rural Australia, most of the action in Hermit takes place within a police interrogation room as Detective Dana Russo carefully coaxes information from a psychologically frail murder suspect. It results in a series of tense and unusual exchanges between the two as a tentative rapport develops, despite their nominally adversarial relationship.

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Australian bank robbers, Ray Denning and Russell ‘Mad Dog’ Cox were no strangers to the inside of a police interrogation room. In the fascinating and unexpectedly entertaining true crime book, Public Enemies, author Mark Dapin explores the lives of these anti-heroes, from childhood through to adulthood.

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International bestselling author Michael Robotham was a cadet journalist covering the night shift when he received a call from Ray Denning, who had escaped prison and was on the run. I have to wonder if his stand alone novel, Life or Death, about a prison escapee, may have been inspired in part by his connection with the notorious criminal.

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Next month the Six Degrees of Separation meme will begin with

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. margaret21
    Sep 06, 2020 @ 17:01:24

    These are unusual choices – I hadn’t heard of any of them. Hermit sounds a particularly interesting read.

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  2. A Life in Books
    Sep 06, 2020 @ 18:24:46

    I’m a fan of Six Feet Under so Caitlin Doughty’s book is the one that stands out for me.

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  3. stargazer
    Sep 06, 2020 @ 22:27:11

    Great links, Shelley. Like Margaret, I haven’t heard of any of them.

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  4. globaldig
    Sep 06, 2020 @ 22:45:54

    I keep seeing that Rodham book. If you like Australian comics , you should watch ‘Last One Laughing on Amazon prime, Rebel Wilson hosts it.

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  6. Linda Schueler
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 03:55:43

    Great chain. I’ve picked up another couple for my TBR list.

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  7. Helen
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 05:15:05

    I love your first link. It can be hard to get started with these chains when you haven’t read the first book.

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  8. Athira
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 06:26:23

    This is a great chain! I’m not sure either which book to link to Rodham – it’s definitely a book of it’s own category.

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  9. litandlife
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 06:32:55

    Always impressed with these chains and how you get from point A to point F!

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  10. Theresa Smith Writes
    Sep 07, 2020 @ 13:00:12

    Good starting point for something you wouldn’t normally read. I’d never have thought to look at Goodreads like that.

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  11. Jen G. (Introverted Reader)
    Sep 08, 2020 @ 14:02:58

    GoodReads recommendations are a creative starting point for a chain! Smoke Gets in Your Eyes sounds a bit like Stiff by Mary Roach, which I absolutely enjoyed.

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  12. Lexlingua
    Sep 09, 2020 @ 00:06:39

    Found you through the #6Degrees meme. Thanks for sharing this list!

    “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” sounds fascinating. Read your review too (I hope to donate my eyes too, so that’s definitely something that resonated with me).

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  13. Mareli Thalwitzer
    Sep 09, 2020 @ 04:08:06

    Wha ha ha!! I also tried to do the “Readers also enjoy”, but it didn’t get me very far! It luckily sorted it for you in a great way! Love what you did. Haven’t read any of them though.

    Happy September and here’s my 6 Degrees of Separation Sep 2020

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  14. Yvonne
    Sep 09, 2020 @ 11:03:57

    I’ve also found that Goodreads lists are very helpful when you’re stumped for that first link. Enjoyed your chain!

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  15. Marg
    Sep 12, 2020 @ 18:48:22

    Getting started is often the most challenging part of the Six Degrees process! Great job with your chain.

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