Sunday Salon – September 14, 2008

September 14, 2008


There is a decided nip in the air this morning – a sure sign that Fall is fast approaching. Ann from Table Talk (all the way across the pond in England) wrote about her love of cold days and reading in front of the fire. I love that too – and I have to admit, I’m looking forward to sparking up the woodstove soon.

Since my last Sunday Salon posting, I finished reading The Heretic’s Daughter (read my review) – an historical novel set in Massachusetts during the Salem witch trials. The book was wonderfully written…very atmospheric and historically accurate. I’m giving away a hard cover edition of The Heretic’s Daughter on September 17th. If you decide to enter, make sure you follow the directions to leave me a fact you’ve discovered on the author’s website.

I’m currently absorbed in Dave Boling’s debut novel Guernica – set in the Basque region of Spain before and during WWII. Boling has created an historical novel which is also a family saga and love story. I was drawn into the novel within a few pages and have grown to care about the characters. I’ve talked about this before on my blog, but I’ll mention it again – journalists seem to make the most engaging novelists. Boling is a journalist out of the Seattle area. Every time I choose a novel written by a journalist, I am not disappointed. Have you found this to be true? I’ll be finishing this novel today, so watch for my review. And I’m giving away an Advance Reader’s Edition (ARE) of Guernica on September 19th – all you have to do is leave me a comment with a link to your favorite blog.

I’m also reading a non fiction book which came to me from Amy at Jane Wesman Public Relations a couple of months ago. It has been on my shelf far too long and I picked it up yesterday and blew through 70 pages in no time. Ships Without a Shore: America’s Undernurtured Children, by Anne Pierce is a riveting expose on childrearing in the United States. Pierce sites numerous studies and inserts her conclusions about the role of Day Care and media in how America’s children are growing up. I’m not sure I agree with all her conclusions, but it is hard to argue with her research on the subject. Some of you may wonder why I was interested to read a book on childrearing since I have no children of my own. I believe children represent our future and to ignore the social issues surrounding children is to ignore our future. Although I have not birthed a child, I work with children in my PT practice, and I am an aunt to my sisters’ kids, and a psuedo-aunt to the children of my friends. So there you go… Anyway, I hope to finish this book by this evening.

I have so many books waiting to be read – and choosing the “next” book is always a little difficult. But today I read Jill’s fine post about Joyce Carol Oates and decided my next read must be A Garden of Earthly Delights by this author (this book is the first in the Wonderland Quartet and was a finalist for the National Book Award). It will be my first novel by Oates – have any of you read it?

I would be seriously remiss in not mentioning that this week is Book Blogger Appreciation Week and there are tons of giveaways and events going on over at My Friend Amy’s blog. I’ve posted the massive list of prizes here, and the schedule for announcement of awards here, and highlights of the bloggers nominated in three different categories here. If you haven’t done so yet, you ought to check out the festivities and visit the blogs participating. There are also bloggers giving away a plethora of books in honor of the event and Amy has provided a Mr. Linky here.

Finally, look for a guest post by Kathleen McCleary (author of House and Home) on September 17th here on Caribousmom. I’ll also be posting a review of her book on that day – all part of a TLC Book Tour for Kathleen! To see the schedule for this book tour check out this post.

That’s all the bookish news from me today. Hope this Sunday finds you surrounded by wonderful books. For those Saloners living in Texas, my thoughts are with you!

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  1. What a busy week and so much reading going on! I’d like to have a go at Guernica, there seem to be a number of books around that touch on this subject. And yes, I have read Oates’ The Gravediggers Daughter, a lovely book and I really should read some more by her! I must check out some of your links above, especially the ones on blogging, always an interesting subject when you are a blogger yourself!

    • Jill on September 14, 2008 at 09:20

    Thanks for the cross-post to my JCO blog entry. I will be curious if you will like her writing style.

    And a little nip in the air? Oh jeez, I am so jealous! It’s 89 degrees and humid here.

    Enjoy your Sunday!

    • Lisamm on September 14, 2008 at 09:42

    Hey, thanks for the shout out for TLC! Can’t wait to read your review and the guest post from Kathy!

  2. I’ve only read We Were The Mulvaneys by Oates. It was an interesting read but different. I need to try something else by this author at some point.

    • Andi on September 14, 2008 at 13:25

    Ahhh, I always get the best recs here! Guernica sounds amazing. As does The Heretic’s Daughter.

    • Andi on September 14, 2008 at 13:26

    Oh, and about Oates…I haven’t read the one you mentioned, but I looooved her novella, Beasts. One of my favorites.

    • Wendy on September 14, 2008 at 13:43

    Seachanges: It *is* going to be busy! *takes deep breath* Thanks for the recommendation on The Gravedigger’s Daughter – that one seems to be coming up often as one I should read!

    Jill: You’re welcome 🙂 The “nip” has faded away to a hot afternoon (I guess my hope that Fall had arrived was premature!), but at least it is not humid. You have my sympathies.

    Lisa: You’re welcome 🙂

    Samantha: We Were the Mulvaneys seems to get mixed reviews.

    Andi: They are both really good – I’m making a note of Oates novella…thanks for the recommendation!

    • Farrah on September 14, 2008 at 17:41

    I’ve read many reviews about how great The Heretic’s Daughter is and definitely look forward to picking up a copy myself of it.

    I agree, choosing the next book from the TBR pile is definitely a hard decision at times!

    Farrah from…
    The Book Faery Reviews:
    Wife and Mom of 3:

    • Wendy on September 14, 2008 at 17:57

    Farrah: And it gets harder the more recommendations I read on the blogs!

    • Dawn on September 14, 2008 at 19:35

    I finished *Guernica* yesterday – loved it! I hope to have my review up later this week (what a busy week, eh?). I learned a lot about the history of the Basque Country, and about Picasso’s painting …

    I also enjoyed *House & Home* and have my review/giveaway for TLC Book Tours up now. Kathleen McCleary will have a guest post on Tuesday – wasn’t she a pleasure to correspond with?!

  3. I’ve read ‘Them’ by Oates which is part of the Wonderland quartet but none of the other 3. I’ve mostly enjoyed what I’ve read by her and do want to read more.

    • Wendy on September 15, 2008 at 08:50

    Dawn: I’ll be posting my review this afternoon – finished Guernica last night and loved it. I’m looking forward to reading your review! I read your blog tour post – fantastic! Mine will post late on Tuesday (for Wednesday).

    Tanabata: Glad to hear you enjoyed one of the books from the quartet – I’m looking forward to reading Oates.

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