Hiding In Water
When I first came across Katherine Lippa’s new book, I assumed by the title, “Hiding in Water”, that is was all about fishing & being the Executive Producer of our Old Fishing Hole, I couldn’t wait to delve into this little gem. Plus, there’s a picture of a BIG fish on the cover. I guess it’s the old saw…”Never judge a book by it’s cover”…the book is “Hiding in Water: A Memoir Based Mostly in Reality” & it has NOTHING to do with fishing. That said, it’s a neat read. Author Katherine Lippa presents a quirky child’s-eye view of her parents, the world & the source of all calamities in this smart memoir of her youth. With the aid of entries from a journal she kept from ages 10 to 14 while growing up in Maine in the 1980’s, Lippa readily captivates the reader with her life story under the questionable guidance of parents who met in a religious cult in the 60’s & divorced when the author was 4. Lippa’s deadbeat father portrays himself as a prophet with psychic abilities who can move buildings with his mind. He convinces his daughter that she also can make anything happen by concentrating long & hard. Meanwhile, her mother becomes too wrapped up in her own troubles from an impoverished life to pay much attention to poor Katherine, who’s being harassed & abused by her older brother. “Leave It To Beaver” or “Father Knows Bests” it’s NOT. “Hiding in Water” is intelligently written & I’m giving the book away tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 7:30 on Puffman Sports Trivia. The chapters are well organized & cleverly titled, & the whimsical cover art embraces Lippa’s fascination with magic tricks, her tank-shark pet named Norman (the closest the book comes to fishing), & the human mystery that there is always much more luring beneath the surface than we realize from 1st impression. Check out the book from Brain Trust Books based out of Portland, Maine or visit Katherine Lippa’s website: www.lippalogic.com & then listen to WIN “Hiding in Water” tomorrow morning on Puffman Sports Trivia. I’ve come up with a sports trivia question on one of the worst NCAA football teams back in 1916. See you tomorrow on Puffman Sports Trivia where the WINNING is only beginning!