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Candy, Candy, Candy, Don't Let a Stranger Go (By Without Asking Them a Little About Themselves)
February 19, 2016
This is basically some short tales of encounters by the author with people who most of us would avoid eye contact with or pretend we had something we needed to go or somewhere we needed to be if they initiated a conversation with us. Margaret Schulte has though taken the time to engage these people, often being the one to approach them and be that stranger with the candy as from what she's written it seems like she gets some sort of withdrawal symptoms if she's driving for a while and hasn't inquired about someone else's life. That someone being a stranger she has never met before. She's a junkie, but her addiction isn't drugs, or even candy, it's engaging and having a meaningful conversation with someone new and learning something about their past or daily life. To be honest most of the people she encounters aren't particularly that interesting, I most likely if caught up in a conversation with them would have been relieved the second I got a chance to escape, but Shculte has a writing style that's engaging, and keeps you wanting to turn the next page to find the read about the next encounter until you've reached the end. The flow of the stories does get a little bit messed up near the end as they occur before events you read earlier in the book. If you've put the book down and picked it up over a long period of time you might get a bit lost in remembering who was who or what happened at each place. I expect the latter stories were added later, perhaps ones that didn't make the cut but were added when there was still space at the end, but still if you want to read something different to what you probably normally do, you won't be disappointed with this book. The closest thing you could probably compare this book to is a travel tale, but without the exotic destinations (although there are a few entries revolving around a trip to Portugal). Most candy holders are found along American highways, in either a squid mobile (van) or old car with the back seats ripped out and occasionally a canoe or boat.