Sunday Salon – October 18, 2009

Sunday Salon

October 18, 2009

1:30 PM

Good afternoon, fellow readers! I’m late getting to my Sunday Salon post today because I wanted to finish reading City of Refuge by Tom Piazza and get a review posted first (read my review). Wow, what a fantastic book this was…and I am grateful to Stephanie at Harper Perennial for sending me a copy for review. Tom Piazza is a terrific writer…and this book grabbed me almost from page one. It will make my top ten list for 2009 reads. Have you read it yet? Piazza has also written another novel titled My Cold War which I now want to read.

Other books read this week include Goldengrove by Francine Prose (read my review) and Sometimes We’re Always Read Same-Same by Maddox Roesch (read my review).  These books couldn’t be more different from each other in style or subject matter!

Next up for me is a book which has been on my TBR mountain for a long time. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich is the first novel in her Native American Series (two other books in the series include The Beet Queen and Tales of Burning Love). I have been wanting to read something by Erdrich for awhile…and this one will serve as my first random read for The Random Reading Challenge.

Since I got such a late start on my Salon post today, I’ll keep this short. I hope you are having a wonderful day, and whatever you are doing, I hope it involves a great book!!

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    • Lu on October 18, 2009 at 13:13

    I love Love Medicine! I hope you do too 🙂

    • Staci on October 18, 2009 at 14:16

    I’m going to check out your review for sure. And my day has included finishing The Promised World and getting half way through Table Manners. Have a good week!! 🙂

  1. I am glad you enjoyed City of Refuge so much, Wendy! I haven’t read anything by the author, but your review definitely has me curious.

    I hope you have a great week!

    • Megan on October 18, 2009 at 14:32

    I have Love Medicine on my shelves somewhere, so I’ll be curious to see what you have to say about that one. I didn’t love The Beet Queen, but I did love her Master Butchers Singing Club, so it could go either way for me, I suppose.

    • diane on October 18, 2009 at 15:09

    What high praise for City of Refuge. I must add it to my list. Wendy, I hope you enjoy Erdrich. I loved: Master Butcher’s Singing Club, and Plague of Doves. I do own about 3 others of hers, but still unread.

    Thanks for the great reviews and have a great week.

    • Gavin on October 18, 2009 at 15:22

    Hi Wendy! I hope you like Love Medicine. That series is one of my very favorites. I’ve added Sometimes we’re always real same-same to my stack of books for the read-a-thon. It will be interesting to see how I deal with Roesch’s writing style. Have a great week.

    • Wendy on October 18, 2009 at 17:16

    Lu: Glad to hear it worked for you….I hope I love it too 🙂

    Staci: hope you loved The Promised World!!!

    WendyCat: This was my first Piazza book…but won’t be my last. Hope you have a great week too.

    Megan: Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me about Erdrich’s books.

    Diane: Thanks for the affirmations of Erdrich’s books…I am so much looking forward to this one. I hope your week is also wonderful!

    Gavin: I am really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the Roesch book! Thanks for your thoughts on Erdrich’s series!

    • JoAnn on October 18, 2009 at 17:47

    I’ve been reading Erdrich’s stories in The Red Convertible and am looking forward to trying one of her novels soon. Love Medicine has been recommended by a couple of different friends. Will be curious to hear what you think. Have a good week, Wendy!

  2. I’ve had Louise Erdrich on my TBR list for a long time. You’ve inspired me to hit the library today and pick up a copy of Love Medicine. ( I always like to start at the beginning when I set out to read a particular author.)

    • Wendy on October 23, 2009 at 14:00

    RR: I should finish Love Medicine tonight…it is a beautiful book on many levels. Erdrich’s writing is so magical and poetic.

    • Wendy on October 23, 2009 at 14:01

    JoAnn: I’ll be reading more Erdrich for sure! I’m curious how her short stories compare to her novels.

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