Right before our flight from Newburgh, NY to Philadelphia in June, I decided I needed some new books on my Nook. I did a very quick search for the words “Indianapolis 500″, as I just read a history of the 1964 race in May and wanted more information to put it in context. Also, my little brother is kind of a know-it-all and one of the areas of history that he has completely memorized is Indianapolis and I’m not about it to cede that to him the next time we are throwing things at each other during a Thanksgiving game of Trivial Pursuit.
Anyway. Nook books. Three of the results that came back were Volumes 1 through 3 of a series of books about Indy by Brian G. Boettcher. One of them was free, and the next two in the series were just a few bucks. I downloaded them all.
I was absolutely captivated and read myself through two plane rides and then to sleep every night for a couple of weeks. I started telling stories to random people about The Sweepstakes, because of course I don’t even call it the 500 anymore. Then I went searching for Volume 4 and HORROR OF HORRORS it wasn’t released yet.
I did what any sane person with a Twitter account does, which is to find the author and beg him to write faster. He got in touch with me last week to let me know that Volume 4 was out. He also gave me a copy of it for free, which was so amazing of him. I doubt he realizes that I even have a blog or write (terrible, usually not even related to the book) book reviews. I think he’s just an awesome guy. Anyway.
Some of you already know that had Ada been a boy, she would have been named Ayrton. When I told my friend Mare this was the case, long before Ada was born, her husband threatened to have another child just to name him Jim Clark [Their Last Name]. Well, now, thanks to Volume Four: The British Invasion, I’m even more sad that this didn’t happen, and will definitely be suggesting Jim Clark to every pregnant woman I know.
In conclusion, buy all four of Brian G. Boettcher’s books, my brother is sometimes a total windbag, and please name your babies Jim Clark. Thank you.