June 19, 2011
Good morning and welcome to The Sunday Salon – a weekly event where readers sit down and talk books. Before I start talking about literature, let me extend a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there in blogger-land! I hope you are enjoying your day.
We are closing in on the halfway mark of the year – and I am very happy to see that I am ahead of my goal to read 96 books in 2011. So far this year I have finished 51 books…which, if I continue at this pace, will put me over 100 books for the year. I have only surpassed the 100 book mark once before, so I have to admit, I am a little giddy with the thought that I could do it again!
Since my last Salon post, I have reviewed Down From Cascom Mountain – a beautifully rendered, and quiet novel about grief and its aftermath (read my review). I really loved the guest post from Ann Joslin Williams which resonated with me in large part because I grew up in New Hampshire. Regardless of the fact that I now live 3000 miles away in the northernmost part of California, there will always be a large part of me that embraces New England. I am very happy to be able to offer one reader of my blog a copy of this wonderful novel. To enter the giveaway, simply visit the giveaway post and leave me a comment by June 23rd (5:00 pm PST) telling me one thing about the natural world which deeply resonates with you. I will be randomly choosing a winner and announcing their name on my blog by the 24th of the month.
I have been dipping in and out of The Blossoming of the World by Brian H. Peterson. This is an unusual book and I have mixed feelings about it. The photographs are lovely – and unique. The essays are rather personal, almost journal-like entries. Peterson suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and much of his thoughts spin around how he is impacted by the disease. As someone who works with those with disability, I find Peterson’s words interesting, however there is a strong Christian belief running through this work which overshadows everything else. I am probably going to post a review of this book very soon – perhaps mid-week.
I just finished reading The Boy in the Moon by Ian Brown last night. This is an amazing, heart-breaking, yet strangely uplifting memoir about Brown’s son, Walker, who is severely disabled. Brown’s honesty and candor, as well as his ability to maintain a sense of humor in the face of terrific challenges, kept me compulsively reading. I work with adults with profound developmental delays, and so much of what Brown shares resonated with me. This is a tough, emotional book – and yet, I feel like more people need to read it. Brown searches for meaning in his son’s life, and looks for the value in a single human being – it is deeply moving. I’ll be posting a review of this one by tomorrow.
After reading so many intense books about grief (I find it so interesting when that happens – a bit of synchronicity in my reading where the books all share a central theme), I thought it was time for something lightweight. I’m diving into The Wedding Writer by Susan Schneider today. It looks like a fun read and I have a feeling it will be a fast read too.
I wish I could read all day today – but there are a number of things I have to do, including finishing up the re-painting of my porch furniture. Everything was looking so drab and old out there and I decided it was time to spruce things up. Once the furniture is all done, I’ll be shopping for plants and flowers to pot. In the meantime, my husband is working on building a back deck which is going to be ginormous…and I can’t wait to begin picking up pieces for it once it is done. One of these days, we’ll be able to landscape that back yard and the dirt will become grass and plants and maybe a raised kitchen garden at some point. Ah, dreams – they’re fun to envision!
I hope you are doing something enjoyable today – and at some point, I hope it involves a great book!