Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is a great summer book. It follows Kya who lives alone in the marshes along the coast of North Carolina. Here are some activities I thought would be fun for the book. Tell me if you’ve read the book and have any other things in mind.
Do a little painting. Grab a basic set of acrylics and follow along with “how to paint a swamp”
Go birdwatching. Even if you can’t go anywhere, you can try to identify the birds in your neighborhood. Audobon has a phone app for this! Bonus points if you have binoculars.
Visit a marsh. If you can go to one, then pack a little picnic (see more below) and make a day of it. A friend and I put on our masks and visited the freshwater marsh of the Ballona Wetlands. If you live in west LA, I recommend going. We saw some cool birds (including a great egret!) and it was overall really nice and beautiful.
Real Deal Southern Caramel Cake – an incredible three layer yellow cake with caramel icing!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: if you want more southern lit from a female author. Bonus, it also involves a courtroom scene.
The Bird Artist by Howard Norman: if you want another protagonist who lives in a remote place and paint birds
“Bog Girl” by Karen Russell: another female author from the south. A short story set in similar environment, but that’s about where the similarities stop.
I saved this section for last because it is the longest. All the food in the book sounds dang good! Here is the menu I would put together from all the dishes mentioned. Choose one or two items from each category for a great picnic!
Basket of breads
hush puppies (serve with honey butter)
sour cream biscuits (add bacon or jam)
beans: red, butter, or baked
mashed potatoes with red eye gravy
black eyed peas
peas in butter
sliced red tomato
summer squash casserole
pimento cheese sandwich
backbone soup + biscuits
chicken and dumplings
cold fried chicken
chicken fried steak
fried pork chops
fried fish with black pepper crust
grilled flounder stuffed with shrimp
seafood medley: mussels, oysters
ham trio: salt-cured, molasses, and fried
hot pork sausage
top any with a scoop of ice cream or hard cream