Sunday Salon – August 14, 2011

August 14, 2011

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon.

I have been reading all week from Steinbeck: A Life in Letters and have been greatly enjoying this book. It is giving me insight into Steinbeck which helps me appreciate even more the work he did over his lifetime. This is a huge book with tiny print, and I hope to finish it by Wednesday when it is time for me to post for the Classics Circuit. But, even if I don’t mange to get it all read – I will definitely be talking about the book in more detail…and eventually I will have a review up. In the meantime, I will tell you that if you have any interest in Steinbeck, AND if you enjoy reading letters which are highly entertaining, you should check out this book. I am loving it!

If you want to read more about Steinbeck and his work, visit the tour schedule for The Classics Circuit. There looks to be some fabulous things coming up and it all starts tomorrow!

I started reading By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham and was immediately engaged in the story and characters. But I laid this book aside (reluctantly) to focus on the Steinbeck book since I am quickly running out of time to finish it. I am eager to pick up Cunningham’s novel again – I think I am going to love it.

There are so many books on my TBR pile for the rest of the month…and so many that I want to read which are not on the list, but which are stacked up in my book piles. I don’t even know how to choose my next reads any more! BUT, I am going on vacation in another week (not really going anywhere, just staying home), so I hope to make a dent in the piles very, very soon.

I should mention that I posted my review of The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield and am offering a copy of her book for giveaway. But hurry and enter because the contest closes on August 16th (be sure to fill out the survey to enter – don’t just leave a comment on the post).

In non-book-related news, I am running a series called Sew You Wanna Quilt? which I hope will motivate and encourage people to pick up the art of quilting. I am planning quite a few posts which will mainly post on Fridays (although there may also be a couple of Saturday posts as well). I hope you’ll check them out! The Introductory post is here; Tools of the Trade is here; and Creating a Quilting Space is here. Future posts will include Fabric Obsession, Selecting Your First Project, Cutting Fabric, Pressing and Stitching, Books and Inspiration, and Finishing a Quilt. I hope to include lots of helpful links and information for would-be, as well as established quilters.

Kip and I went to our little town’s Fun Days on Saturday, and then headed over to Matson Vineyards for their Wine Pick Up and Tasting Party. Today we’ll be doing a little work on our back deck, but I hope I will find some time to read, too.

What are YOU doing this weekend? Whatever it is, I hope it involves a great book!

Have a wonderful week!

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  1. oh man, I really want to read A Life in Letters. I’ve always loved Steinbeck but haven’t read this. Very cool. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    • Alyce on August 14, 2011 at 08:23

    I’m not a huge fan of Steinbeck (I think his writing is great, but don’t like how his books are depressing). I think the letters book might be a way for me to appreciate his writing and approach it from another angle. I’ll have to see if our library has that.

  2. oh I love sound of steinbeck’s life in letters ,I love writeres letters got checkov’s and hunter s thompsons both great ,all the best stu

  3. I will be really interested in hearing how the Steinbeck book goes for you. It sounds like a very good read!

  4. I want to read the book about Steinbeck, but I cringe at the thought of tiny print!

    I actually had to set aside a review book that had such tiny font size that I would have needed a magnifying glass…I kid you not!

    Hope you manage, though, as it sounds great.


  5. I’ve made a list of books I want to read by mid-October for various reasons (book clubs, author events, tours, etc) and I’m rather overwhelmed when I look at it. Of course, I’m currently reading a book that’s not on the list.

  6. I think that’s awesome that you quilt! My mother tried to teach me to crochet once. I just don’t have the patience for things like that unfortunately :/

  7. I am a huge Steinbeck fan and had the opportunity to take a semester long course in college where we read all of his work and this book too. I would also highly recommend this one. I wish people would read more of his more obscure work since there are many really good novels of his that most people have never heard of.

    • Staci on August 14, 2011 at 15:15

    Sounds like you had a great weekend!!! The Steinbeck book sounds good…

    • Wendy on August 15, 2011 at 06:59

    Pam: If you decide to read the Steinbeck – carve out a lot of time. It is very good, but it is a big chunkster of 900 pages.

    Alyce: He was a fascinating man. I do think his letters give some very good insight into not only how he wrote, but why he wrote what he did. He does not come out and say it, but it is pretty evident to me that he had periods of time when he suffered from debilitating depression (where he was unable to write, felt ill, isolated himself, etc…).

    Stu: If you love letters, you really can’t miss this one….it is so good!

    Heather: It is!!!

    Laurel: The print is small – my husband was lamenting about it saying “How can you read a book with such small print”. I don’t know if it is published in bigger font – but with the small print, it still runs to 900 pages…so hmmmmm.

    Kathy: Every time I sit down to make a list, I become overwhelmed and stop. I have them stacked up by month I should read them in and I just keep plugging along. I think my stacks go back to last November!

    S. Leighanne: It does take a little patience to quilt…but to me it is relaxing!

    Kathleen: So glad you also read and enjoyed the Steinbeck. I need to read more of his obscure works myself. Reading his letters makes me want to even more.

    Staci: I did and it is 🙂

    • Galt on August 15, 2011 at 10:50

    Steinbeck is one of my fave author! I’ve also attended one of his course and I must say its worth it!

  8. I am glad to hear the Cunningham is good. I am looking forward to reading it soon.

  9. I am so happy to hear that you’re enjoying the Cunningham book. I loved The Hours (book and movie) and am very interested in this one. Looking forward to your review!

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