August 7, 2011
Good morning, and welcome to this week’s edition of Sunday Salon. Grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up and let’s talk books!
This past week I finished reading and posted my review of The Long Song by Andrea Levy – a book I loved for its sharply drawn characters and the voice of its strong female narrator. This is not a light read. In fact, there are some tough scenes depicted, and given that the story is about a young girl growing up as a slave on a sugar plantation in Jamaica in the nineteenth century…there is much tragedy in this novel. That said, it is still a book I highly recommend. It is brilliantly written, honest, heartfelt, and completely satisfying. Convinced? This book garnered lots of attention by the literary awards, and I believe it was deserved. Have you read this one? What did YOU think?
I just finished reading The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield for a TLC Book Tour. My review will post on Tuesday, so I do not want to say too much about the book until then. It is set in the south during the 1950s and features a precocious young girl named Swan. And that’s all I’m going to say for now! Check out the reviews of other readers on the TLC Book Tour page. And be sure to come back on Tuesday when I’ll be hosting Jenny Wingfield for a guest post and also offering a giveaway of the book (for US and Canadian readers).
I have been dipping in and out of Steinbeck: A Life in Letters edited by Elaine Steinbeck and Robert Wallsten. This is really a fascinating look at one of America’s best loved authors through the letters he wrote over the course of his life. The editors have organized the book chronologically and so far I am still in Steinbeck’s early years (the book is nearly 900 pages long!). I’ll be reviewing this book for The Classics Circuit on August 17th. I hope I finish it by then…but if I fall short, I will still be writing about my feelings about the book.
The next book in my stacks will be By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham. I am eager to start this book. It really looks great, and I loved The Hours by this author when I read it years ago.
What about you? What is on YOUR nightstand these days?
Before I head off to enjoy my Sunday, I thought I would share a couple of my recent quilting projects with you. I wrote about the Summer Sampler quilt-along here, but I’ve now managed to finish 2/3rds of the top, so here is a sneak preview of the blocks I’ve completed:
I also joined the Rockin’ Robin quilt-along and wrote about that here. On Friday, I worked on this project for several hours and finished the house and star rows. Here is the photo I took of those completed blocks:
I really enjoy these quiet days of quilting – they feed my creative spirit and bring me great joy.
So, on that note, let me wish you a wonderful week ahead with lots of great books and some time just for YOU!