There’s some kind of leadership quote that says you should surround yourself with people who are more talented than you. Something like that. And if that isn’t really a leadership quote, I’m making it one.

I say that because I have some ridiculously talented friends, two of whom I want to talk about today.

“A Time For Every Purpose,” available on Amazon Kindle

First, there’s Bill Prickett. Blogger, speaker, and oh my GOD what a writer. I just finished his latest book, “A Time To Every Purpose.” And dang it, now I’m gonna have to go buy his other books, because I am obsessed.

The premise of the book might be a little cliche – a mix between “A Christmas Carol,” It’s A Wonderful Life,” and “Touched By An Angel” if Della Reese was a drag queen. But what Bill did was take the framework, rip the guts out of it, and build something completely different and amazing.

The central character, Bailey Stewart, lost the love of his life to AIDS and, grief-stricken and HIV-positive himself, he decides to end his life… only a certain flamboyant angel has other plans. Bailey is guided through history, meeting people whose existence changed the course of history, not only for the LGBTQI community, but for us all. The stories within this story are historically accurate, heart-wrenching, eye-opening, sometimes funny, but always, always so well-constructed that we are there in the moment, which is the highest skill a writer can possess. Whether the conclusions Bill draws are accurate are not for me to say; you may disagree, but you will love the journey! Seriously, go buy this book. It’s ludicrously inexpensive, and if you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s free!

 

“Night Moves: An Ex-Preacher’s Journey To Hell in a Taxi,” available on Amazon Kindle

Speaking of loving the journey (crown me King of Segues, you’re welcome), Pat Green’sNight Moves” is all about an ex-preacher-turned-cabbie learning to navigate the mean streets of Chicago on the night shift. It’s not a novel, and it isn’t really an autobiography. The events Pat writes about really happened, but unlike most autobiographical accounts, Pat has that wonderful gift of making the book not all about himself.

There is a marked difference between being able to effectively communicate with words, and painting pictures, constructing worlds, spinning universes with the same 26 letters and various punctuation marks. You’re in the cab with Pat, you smell the stale Pall Malls, cheap booze, and body odor. You hear Pat’s voice, and the voices of the fares meets, the people he knows, the human beings he loves.

And you will be sorry when the book is over. That’s a rare and wonderful thing. I don’t know if Pat’s book will transform you. I don’t think that’s his job. What Pat’s book *will* do is inform you, entertain you, make you uncomfortable, perhaps insult you. What you do with it is your job.

But whatever you do, buy it! It’s even cheaper than Bill’s book, and (again), free on Kindle Unlimited.

Almost five hundred words on a comic page, and not a peep about comics? Oops. Not sorry, these books are worth it.

Let me leave you with a drawing inspired by the always-sassy Brittney Barnett. Thanks for reading, subscribing, liking, following, and supporting “Guitar Girl.”

Sassy Pants