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Sunday Salon – September 4, 2011

September 4, 2011

9:00 AM

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon. I hope that for those of you celebrating the Labor Day holiday weekend, you are finding time to relax with a good book. I have been stitching like crazy – finishing two quilt tops and backs – this weekend. But, even with all of that, I am finding time to read.

Since last Sunday I have finished reading three books. The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles was a novel that I thoroughly enjoyed (read my review). It is hard to believe that this is Towles first book, but it is. The writing is sophisticated and transports the reader to New York City in the late 1930s. Katey Kontent, the protagonist, is one of those characters who readers will love (I did!). This book has been getting universal great reviews…and although it was not my favorite book so far this year, it is a very good read and one I recommend.

My next read was a memoir which provides a deeply personal look into the life of a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. The River of Forgetting by Jane Rowan is an important and brave book – although it is not a book for the meek of heart (read my review). I have long felt that one of the worst crimes is that of child abuse – it is such a betrayal of trust for the most innocent in our society. In Rowan’s memoir, this betrayal is never more apparent. I think that readers who are recovering from childhood trauma (especially those with recovered memories) and for those who either work with victims OR are friends or family of adults who have survived this type of abuse, will find Rowan’s book to be insightful and very, very helpful. Despite its tough subject matter, there is light and hope in the book.

Last night I turned the final page of Beth Kephart’s latest effort (due out in October). You Are My Only is filled with Kephart’s signature beautiful writing and depth of emotion. Although being marketed for young adults, I think this is a novel that most adults would be drawn to as well. I am still formulating my thoughts for a review – but, I will tell you that I truly loved this book. One thing I have learned about Beth Kephart, her gift for words is incredible. Watch for my review later today.

My current read is one from my own stacks (gasp!) vs a copy sent for review. Awakening by S. J. Bolton is a Gothic Thriller. I am only about twenty pages in, so too early to tell you what I think (except that Bolton’s writing is immediately engaging).  Have you read anything by this author? I have another one of her books in my stacks (Blood Harvest) that also looks good.

Tomorrow the short lists for Book Blogger Appreciation week are to be announced. I hope to have some time later to browse the long lists – there are many blogs that are new to me there, and I am eager to check them out. If you haven’t done so, check out the blogs in the niche categories, and featured categories (judged). Also, the featured categories to be voted are here – and if you haven’t yet voted, you should! BBAW begins the week of September 12th and it should be fun – I am hoping that I have a slow week of work so I can fully participate in everything. I am planning to give away some books here on my blog during that week – stay tuned for the titles up for grabs.

For the would-be quilters in the audience, the sixth installment of the Sew You Wanna Quilt? series (Cutting Your Fabric) posted yesterday.

Since this is the first Sunday in September, I though it would be a good time to share with you the MUST READ books in my stacks for this month:

  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (for a TLC Book Tour on September 14th)
  • Maybe This Time by Alois Hotchnig (the latest Peirene Press release)
  • Touch and Go by Thad Nodine (for an Unbridled Books tour on September 30th)
  • The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
  • The Things We Cherished by Pam Jenoff
  • The Twisted Thread by Charlotte Bacon (a Library Thing early review book)
  • Broken: A Love Story by Lisa Jones

Of course, there are many, many more books on my stacks…so things COULD change!

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, filled with great books.


  1. September 4, 2011    

    I have preordered You Are My Only, as the synopsis drew me in. And I’m not usually one to read YA books…so there must have been adult appeal in the blurb.

    I’ve added The River of Forgetting to my list. As a retired social worker, I never can resist a good story about child abuse and (hopefully) recovery.


  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    September 4, 2011    

    Glad to hear the positive review for Rules of Civility. It’s on my wishlist.

    Here’s my Sunday Salon!

    And it’s time for
    Readerbuzz’s September Giveaway!

    Stop by! I always follow back.

  3. September 4, 2011    

    I really enjoyed Rules of Civility, too!

  4. September 12, 2011    

    Laurel: I think, as a retired social worker, you will really appreciate The River of Forgetting!

    Deb: Hope you’ll enjoy Rules of Civility!

    Kailana: Good to know!

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