Sunday Salon – September 5, 2010

September 5, 2010

7:30 AM

It is hard to believe we are already watching September days slip by. I arrived in New Hampshire this week and it has been good to be here. The first three days the temperatures were in the 90s with very high humidity, but yesterday and this morning we have been treated to sunny, dry, cool weather and the smell of fall is in the air.

I finished Simply From Scratch by Alicia Bessette (read my review) and found it to be sweet, well written women’s fiction. I liked how Bessette wove multiple characters throughout her story and allowed us to hear from the protagonist’s deceased husband through his emails to her prior to his death. I have a feeling that readers are going to really like Bessette, and I predict we’ll hear more from this debut author in the future.

My current read is a good one. The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart is a Barnes and Noble First Look Book Club selection. When I requested it, I thought the author’s name sounded familiar…but this is his first novel, so I wasn’t sure how I knew him. Then it hit me – I read a short story by him in Glimmer Train way back in 2007. I noted in my thoughts about that story (Among the Living Amidst the Trees) that Machart was skilled at character development and wrote prose with vivid imagery. That is accurate for The Wake of Forgiveness too. This is an intense novel which is very much character driven. I’ll have a full review up soon as I am less than 60 pages from the finish.

Next up on my to-read pile are two books:

Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart which is a novel set against the back drop of the Philadelphia Centennial fair of 1876. I am eager to dip into this book as I have long been a reader of Beth’s blog, and also had the pleasure of meeting her in person this past May at the BEA.

Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery by Melinda Marchiano is a memoir written by a teenager who is a survivor of Hodgkin Lymphoma. This is Marchiano’s first book, and if it reflects this teen’s exuberant personality (which I have gotten glimpses of through her emails and photos), then I have a feeling it is going to be a great read.

Today is going to be a low-key kind of day…I’m planning on doing a little laundry, maybe dropping out to the store to pick up some corn on the cob for dinner (we’re going to grill some steak later), and hanging out with my sister and niece. What are YOUR plans today? Whatever they are, I hope they involve a great book!

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    • diane on September 5, 2010 at 03:58

    Enjoy a relaxing day and the great weather. It is picture perfect in New England today.

    • Megan on September 5, 2010 at 04:44

    I’m a big summer lover, but it’s been nice to finally get some cool, crisp autumn air after a long hot, humid summer here. I’m planning on enjoying the super nice weather by going to a local flea/farmer’s market and then coming back to dig into Her Fearful Symmetry which, I hope, will rescue me from the short reading funk I’ve been in! Hope you have a great day!

    • Molly on September 5, 2010 at 04:55

    I am so glad to hear that you arrived safely – I have been praying for safe travels, among other things.

    I really enjoyed your review of Simply from Scratch (I can’t resist the title of that book), and have added to the TBR list.

    Sounds like a nice, relaxing day is store for you. Enjoy!

  1. I’m glad you made it there safely. I hope everything goes well and we’ll be hearing lots of positive things out of New Hampshire soon. I’m praying for your sister.

    • Trisha on September 5, 2010 at 06:46

    I think I have the Wake of Forgiveness on my TBR shelves, so it’s nice to hear you are enjoying it.

  2. Love that Horse cover!

    Here is my Sunday Salon post!

    • bee on September 5, 2010 at 09:00

    New Hampshire is so spectacularly beautiful; I remember driving through there one September during a visit from Australia and being STUNNED by the fall leaves. I will never forget that.
    I have just returned from a long beautiful walk and am about to spend all afternoon reading Hey Nostradamus!

    • gavin on September 5, 2010 at 13:17

    It sounds like a perfect New England day. I’m going to have to add “The Wake of Forgivness” to my list, based on your reviewof “Among the Living Amidst the Trees”. Enjoy your barbecue!

    • Andi on September 6, 2010 at 18:32

    It sounds like you had a nice, relaxing Sunday. Keep up the reading! I’m envious since I’ve been in a wicked slump.

    • Wendy on September 13, 2010 at 09:44
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    Better late than never, I suppose! Forgive me for not responding to your comments sooner!

    Diane: One of the great aspects of New England in the fall is the picture perfect weather, isn’t it?

    Megan: I love flea markets – hope your day was fantastic…and that Fearful Symmetry (which I have not read yet) proved to be the perfect antidote for your reading funk!

    Molly: Thank you for your prayers! I hope you’ll enjoy Simply from Scratch when you get to it at some point – it is a fun read.

    Kathy: Thank you for your kind words and prayers…

    Trisha: Hope you’ll get a chance to read Wake of Forgiveness – great book!

    Gautami: I do too!

    Bee: There is nothing more beautiful (in my opinion) than autumn in New England! I have never been to your country…but someday, I hope to!

    Gavin: Hope you’ll enjoy BOTH those stories!

    Andi: I’m sorry to hear about your reading slump – I hope you’ve found a book by now to pull you out of it!

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