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Sunday Salon – February 24, 2013

Sunday Salon

February 24, 2013

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon. Visit the Facebook Page for links to other bloggers’ posts. Before I talk about my reading for the week, let me get a little business out of the way first.

I currently have two giveaways running for U.S. mailing addresses. Click on the cover graphics below to learn more about each book and to enter to win.

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  • A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams (contest open through 2/26/2013)
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (contest open through 2/28/2013)

MonstersOfTempletonSo this week I finished reading The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff (read my review). I really enjoyed this journey through the history of the fictional Templetown in upstate New York which was based on the real town of Cooperstown, New York. Groff introduces a huge cast of characters and borrows liberally from James Fenimore Cooper’s novels to construct a novel rich in folklore and historical references. There is a fair amount of magical realism and some ghosts, as well.

Have you read this novel or other books by Groff? I also have her newest novel Arcadia, as well as her short story collection, on my to be read shelves.

MussellFeastYesterday I started and finished Peirene Press’s newest novella: The Mussel Feast. This is a book translated from the German and was originally written just prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is an esoteric little story that takes place over the course of one night with a mother and her two teenagers. I need a couple of days to allow this book to percolate in my brain before I review it. Have you read this one yet? What did you think?

WhyCantIBeYouMy current read is a lighter book – exactly what I felt in the mood for after reading two “heavier” books. Why Can’t I Be You by Allie Larkin is being released this week and, although I am only 34 pages into the novel, it is making me laugh. Jenny Shaw is dumped by her long term boyfriend in the airport, flies to Seattle for a conference, and ends up being mistaken for Jessie Morgan whose class is celebrating their thirteenth reunion in the same hotel. Instead of correcting the error, Jenny goes with the flow. I have a feeling I’ll blow through this delightful book in no time.

Today promises to be a beautiful day here in Northern California – cold, but sunny. I hope to make a good dent in Larkin’s novel and do a little sewing on a quilt that is giving me fits these days (stay tuned for more on that later in the week).

What about you? What are YOUR plans for today? Whatever they are, I hope (at some point) they involve a great book!



  1. February 24, 2013    

    Lauren Groff has become one of my favorite authors. DELICATE EDIBLE BIRDS was the first book of hers that I read (loved it) and I also enjoyed THE MONSTERS OF TEMPLETON. ARCADIA made it onto my Best Books I Read in 2012 list (definitely bump this up on your TBR pile, Wendy … but only when you’re back in the mood for more of an emotional, heavier read).

    I think she’s one of those underrated authors. I wish she got more attention.

  2. February 24, 2013    

    I’ve been busy working at the store and at home. After dinner I plan to walk and then I hope to have time to read. It’s just gorgeous here – sunny and warm.

  3. February 24, 2013    

    I’m reading a British novel called When God Was a Rabbit for my book club. I hadn’t ever heard of it, but it seems to be enjoyable enough. Also time for some walks today! cheers. http://www.thecuecard.com/

  4. February 25, 2013    

    I have heard varying things about The Monsters of Templeton, but do want to read Arcadia, which I have, and The Mussel Feast, which is one that I am planning on buying today. It sounds like you had a great week of reading!

    I am listening to Olive Kitteridge, and reading Reconstructing Jackson for a tour. Both are great books, and both a very different. I am loving the mix.

  5. Amy Amy
    February 25, 2013    

    It sounds like you had a wonderful day planned, relaxing and enjoyable. I havewn’t red anything by Groff yet. I have read mixed reviews of Monsters of Templeton but primarily great things about Arcadia. I hope to read it soon.

    I’m reading the first book in the Maisie Dobbs series and Wifee 22 by Melanie Gideon. I am really enjoying both. Last night I watched the Oscars which had its plusses and minuses, as usual.

    Have a great week, Wendy

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