Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher

This will be brief. It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to read a whole book, but luckily enough, my job allows for downtime.

I’ve read a couple books since my last review. LOTR Fellowship was finished a couple weeks ago. I reread A Song of Ice and Fire as well (hoping, in vain, that GRRM would release Winds of Winter before I finished).

Letters of Note by Shaun Usher stuck with me though. In a way that few other books have. It is, essentially, a compilation of letters. Letters from celebrities, criminals, average Joes, etc. Some of them are exciting. Some are boring, and too long. Some pre-date huge disasters, like the letter to NASA about the O-ring issue that ultimately caused the Challenger explosion in 1986. I was hooked. Fascinated by what people recorded and who they decided to share it with.

There was one letter that I still can’t get out of my head. It was a goodbye letter from a miner who was trapped because of a cave-in. He and his son, and several other miners slowly suffocated before they were abled to be rescued. His plea to his wife to try her best to raise the remaining children struck a cord within me. The emotion was almost tangible. It inspired me to begin writing letters to my eldest son. He’s currently two-years-old and I will give him the letters to read when he’s grown.

Letters of Note is worth a read.