October, 2018: The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

(Book #102) Sharon hosted this event and fulfilled her double hosting obligation for the next 10 years! In the evening email, Macon left this note on Julian’s desk:

Please add the following to Accidental Tourist Midwest US (Chicago) Believe it or not a reader gave us a recommendation that’s worth including in the next addition.
Accidental Tourists who find themselves in the Windy City of Chicago will find a great place to dine at [insert address].  It’s on the 14th floor and has a great view of the city, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.  We visited over Christmas and the place was tastefully decorated, really cozy and no Christmas music blaring — well, not until a nearby table broke out in a carol. That was OK, they’d maybe had a little too much wine to drink (great wine at very reasonable prices!) and they were caught up in the spirt. The woman who runs the place is savvy and knows what people want to eat. The appetizers were very good, great vegetables with a light yogurt dip and baked cheese balls with an olive in the center. The main course was a cheeseburger casserole — can’t you imagine sitting in your La-Z-Boy at home with a TV tray in front of you, watching a game and eating a cheeseburger casserole? Delicious. It was served with a side salad — plenty of carrots and other vegetables because roughage is important when you’re traveling. We ordered a piece of Texas sheet cake and a strawberry shake for dessert and both were excellent. If you have to eat in Chicago, this is the place to do it.
That should do it for the Midwest. I’m off to New York next month. Macon

This book wasn’t one of my favorites, I couldn’t appreciate Macon, because I could not love a man who didn’t love to travel. I’d try, but it wouldn’t last. Beyond that little flaw, I just wasn’t impressed with the writing — I think I highlighted only 3 times. I should have admitted long ago that I’m not in it so much for the story as I am for the words.