Daily Archives: July 13, 2008

Sunday Salon – July 13, 2008

July 13, 2008

9:30AM

Good morning! The heat in Northern California is finally dropping and we are in a “cooling” trend, which means that instead of temperatures nearing 120 degrees, they will be closer to 100 degrees. I hope for the sake of the firefighters that the weather predictions are correct. But, I won’t bore you with the weather. We’re here to talk books, right?

I have had a delightful week of reading The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (read my review). I’m almost embarrassed to say that this was my first Kingsolver novel. And not only that, but I’ve had the book waiting to be read for more than four years.  Why I never picked it up before, I can’t say. But once I did, I was hooked immediately. This one will make my top ten for 2008, without a doubt. Have you read Kingsolver before? What other novels by her can you recommend?

My current read is The White Mary, by Kira Salak – set in Papua New Guinea, it tells the story of Marika Vecera who is a journalist searching for a man thought to be dead, but recently seen in the jungle. So far I’m liking this book which is due to be released next month by Henry Holt and Company. Salak is herself a journalist who has traveled all over the world and written several non-fiction books (although this is her first novel). Here is a very interesting article about her which ran in National Geographic. In the past, I’ve discovered that journalists sometimes make the best fiction writers, so I’m not surprised that this novel is capturing my interest. Do you pick novels whose authors seem fascinating?

On a completely different subject, Julie from Bookworm honored me with the Excellent Blog award this week. Thank you, Julie!

And I also won a book at Musings of a Bookish Kitty in honor of Wendy’s tenth year wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary and thank you, Wendy!

So where is your reading and blogging taking you this week? Wherever it is, I hope you enjoy the ride.

See you next week, Sunday Saloners!