Sunday Salon – June 28, 2009

Sunday Salon

June 28, 2009

9:45 AM

It is due to be a scorching day in Northern California. My sister and her daughter are here visiting – they flew into San Francisco and I drove down to spend a couple of days with them there, then we drove back up here last night. Today we are taking it easy before starting what promises to be a busy, but fun week!

I am just finishing up my current read: The Local News by Miriam Gershow. My reading stalled out because of my sister’s visit, but I hope to finish it today. My review and a wonderful guest post by the author will be posted on July 9th, so do come back then to see what I thought of the book (I can tell you this is a terrific, beautifully wrought novel about growing up, the impact of siblings on our lives and loss).

I have decided to read The Elegance of  a Hedgehog next. I have been hearing such great things about this book that I cannot wait to start it.

In non-reading news, Raven had a bad experience last Tuesday when she approached an adult dog to say “hello” and with no warning, he lunged at her and bit her in the face. She suffered a deep puncture wound below her right eye and on the left side of her snout which although scary looking seems to be healing well with antibiotics. She seems none the worse for wear – has not shown any fear around other dogs and continues to be her funny, happy-go-lucky self (thank goodness!). This pup has such a wonderful attitude about life. She just rolls with the punches and keeps right on going.

I hope you are all enjoying a fantastic summertime read (if you’d like some suggestions, visit my Summer Reading post).

I am trying to convince my talented fifteen year old neice to write a book review of her current read: Citizen Girl by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Krauss. If I am successful, look for her review by next Sunday!!

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    • Meghan on June 28, 2009 at 10:16

    Aw, poor Raven! I’m glad she’s recovering well and not afraid of other dogs. Enjoy your time with your sister and niece!

  1. I hope you have a wonderful visit with your family, Wendy. Try and stay cool today. 🙂 It’s supposed to be on the hot side down my way too. I’ll probably spend most of the day indoors. Maybe reading and finishing off the 4th season of Closer. I do need to get some things taken care of around the house too, but I’m not ready to think about that just yet.

    I’ve heard wonderful things about The Elegance of a Hedgehog too. I look forward to reading your thoughts on it when you are done.

    Oh no! Poor Raven! I am glad the incident doesn’t seem to have any lasting effects and that she is healing.

    I do hope you are able to convince your niece to write a review!

    Have a great week, Wendy.

    • Kathy on June 28, 2009 at 10:57

    Poor Raven! I’m glad she came through it all okay though. Have fun with your company!

    • Gavin on June 28, 2009 at 11:11

    Stay cool and I hope you enjoy “Elegance of the Hedgehog”. I’m glad Raven is okay and not traumatized. My grumpy old dog can’t be trusted at the dog park anymore..she has a thing about beagles.

  2. Poor Raven!!!

    I look forward to your thoughts on the Elegance of the Hedgehog, I bought it after seeing the author at Festival of Books and she is the most adorable thing ever. 🙂

    Also would love to read your niece’s review of Citizen Girl…I read that awhile back.

  3. I’m so glad to hear that Raven is okay…how scary! It has turned really windy here which has helped to cool things off just a bit. Enjoy your time with your family 🙂

    • Ali on June 28, 2009 at 16:51

    Oh, dear, poor Raven. I’m glad she’s okay!
    Glad you enjoyed The Local News. I just did a really fun Q & A with Miriam Gershow, which I’ll be posting tomorrow.

  4. I’m glad Raven is okay. How horrible.

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Happy reading.

  5. Ouch! Poor puppy dog! Glad she’s healing well. I’m always a bit hesitant when strange (new to us) dogs want to greet Annie. She’s so mellow, but you just never know, do you?! How does she handle the 4th of July and all the noise? Or do you even have a problem with fireworks? It’s been a long time since we’ve lived in CA, but I seem to recall you are a firework-free state, right? Not here! Ugh.

    I have The Elegance of a Hedgehog in my stacks. One of my customers recommended it to me. I should read it!! 😉 I’m between books so maybe the time is right.

    Stay cool. We’ve been hot, too, but not that hot! Phew!

    • Wendy on July 3, 2009 at 09:45

    Meghan: Raven has completely recovered now…she is one tough cookie! I’m having a fabulous visit with my niece and sister 🙂

    WendyCat: The weather has been UNBEARABLE here!! I think my niece is going to do a guest post for me 🙂 She just needs a bit of a nudge! Re: Elegance of a Hedgehog…I had to lay it aside to read Sea of Poppies since I forgot I was leading the discussion on Sea of Poppies for a book club read … whoops!

    Kathy: I think we all felt worse than Raven did … she is back to her old self!

    Gavin: Normally I don’t let Raven approach dogs we don’t know…but this happened at her day care…and I thought this dog was fine with other dogs. My mistake. But, the day care has also assured me that other dog won’t be back…they have a one strike rule when it comes to aggression.

    Amy: I think my niece is going to write the review 🙂

    Samantha: We could really use some breeze here!

    Ali: Now that I’ve finished The Local News, I’m going to make my rounds on the tour and read the posts…looking forward to reading yours!

    Vasilly: Thanks…Elegance is going to have to wait just a bit…see my comment above to WendyCat!

    Les: See my comment to Gavin above re: having Raven meet new dogs. I was bummed…but it has turned out okay. We don’t do fireworks here except those put on by the county and they launch over the river. I have no idea how Raven would do with them. She is not afraid of thunder, so I imagine she’d be okay. Argus on the other hand HATES loud noises.

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