Sunday Salon – April 20, 2008

Sunday Salon

April 20, 2008

Good morning to all the Saloners. I hope you are all curled up reading a good book. I’ve had a wonderful weekend of reading and cooking…and despite the cooler weather, I’ve enjoyed some porch time in the sun here:

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A couple of weekends ago, I painted that little wicker table red – and love the splash of color it gives the lower porch.

angleofrepose.jpg This week I finished reading Stegner’s Angle of Repose (read my review). Wow. I cannot believe I waited so long to read a Wallace Stegner novel. I loved this one and plan on reading all his novels now. Stegner rivals Steinbeck in my opinion – and that is not an accolade I give lightly.

Some of you may remember my post last week regarding a negative article about John Steinbeck. Well, Zunguzungu’s blog owner posted a link to his take on Robert Gottlieb’s article and it is well worth the read. I wonder if Gottlieb has been reading these reactions – I hope so.

lacereader.jpg I’m well into an Advance Reader’s Edition of The Lace Reader, by Brunonia Barry. This is her first novel and it is set in Salem, Massachusetts with its rich history of the witch trials. I’m not entirely sure how to characterize this book – the writing is good, but the plot is convoluted and a bit thin in places. I will refrain from a final decision since I’m still 100 pages from the end. I’ve learned that sometimes a book turns around in those final pages, reversing a so-so opinion into a good one.

Other Early Review Books on My Nightstand:

  • Laughing Without An Accent, by Firoozeh Dumas
  • The House at Midnight, by Lucie Whitehouse
  • The Island of Eternal Love, by Daina Chaviano
  • The Wednesday Sisters, by Meg Waite Clayton
  • Volk’s Shadow, by Brent Ghelfi
  • Black Wave, by John and Jean Silverwood

I’ve decided to read these in order of release date, alternating with other books on my shelf.

Later today, I think I’ll delve back into E.B. White’s wonderful essays and catch up on my magazine reading. There is a new Sunset Magazine and Country Home just screaming to be read. The fire is crackling, the cats are drowsing, and there is plenty of leftovers in the fridge. All I need to do is put the teapot on, and I have the perfect recipe for reading.

Happy Sunday to all of you…see you next week.

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  1. The wicker table does look nice in contrast to the white of the porch and chair, Wendy. Your porch looks very inviting.

    My plan to tackle my review books is similar to your own, to read the in order of publication. I made little piles the other day in anticipation of doing that. 🙂

    I need to get a start on the laundry (I’m running a little behind schedule today). Have a great week, Wendy.

    • aaron on April 20, 2008 at 12:53

    Hey, thanks for the hat tip. Somehow, though, I imagine Gottlieb will soldier on. The fact that lots of people really like Steinbeck doesn’t exactly seem to register as the kind of thing he feels he should take notice of. Which is maybe why it’s such a problematic review.

  2. I just have to say that I love reading your Salon posts, and I will have to check out that Steinbeck article, somehow I missed your orignial post.

    I hope you enjoy those E.B. White essay’s. Of course Once More to the Lake is a favorite, but I hope you get to read The Ring of Time, it is a very interesting read.

    Enjoy your Sunday…and thanks for brightening mine.

    • Andi on April 20, 2008 at 14:02

    I’ll have to give Stegner a go. I don’t think I’ve ever even thought of it, to tell you the truth, but your recommendation is too much to resist! I’ll be interested to read your review of The Lace Reader, too.

  3. What a cozy looking spot on your deck! And with all those trees around, oh yum. I love the RED furniture.

    I’m gonna go read an E.B. White essay now, since I’m reading a little of everything today.

    Have a wonderful week Wendy!

    • Wendy on April 20, 2008 at 15:10
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    WendyCat: LOL – I did the same thing…ordered my ARCs in order of release date. All stacked up, ready to go! Hope you have a wonderful week as well, Wendy.

    Aaron: You’re welcome 🙂 I don’t think anything Gottlieb writes will scare off Steinbeck’s immense following.

    J.C.: Thank you so much! I will take your advice and read the White essays you recommend next. Hope your Sunday and the rest of your week is wonderful.

    Andi: I just posted my review of The Lace Reader…it was pretty good (3.5 stars). I’ll look forward to you review of Angle of Repose 🙂

    Terri: Naturally I chose RED *giggles* I’ll be interested in reading your thoughts on White’s essays…I think you’re gonna like ’em!

  4. Oh my, “The Lace Reader” by Brunonia Barry looks good! I want to know more about your opinion now. 🙂 Look forward to your review!

    • Wendy on April 20, 2008 at 16:59
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    J.Kaye: my review is now up 🙂

  5. I love the red wicker table! A great splash of color for your porch.

    I haven’t developed a method for reading my review books (I’ve just started getting them, actually), so I like your idea of reading them in order of release date.

  6. I’m catching up with reading Sunday Salon posts. Your porch looks just the right place to sit and read. I loved The Angle of Repose too. Have you read Stegner’s Crossing To Safety – another excellent book?

    • Wendy on April 21, 2008 at 07:31
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    RR: Thank you! I used to just read review book in the order they arrived; then I decided it was really preferred to have them read and reviewed BEFORE their release date, so I’ve changed my tactic!

    BooksPlease: I haven’t yet read Crossing To Safety – but I just picked it up this month at a library sale, so it will most likely be my next Stegner novel!

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