Sunday Salon – March 10, 2013

Sunday SalonMarch 10, 2013

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon. Visit the Facebook Page for links to other bloggers’ posts. Last week I missed the Salon, so this post will cover the last two weeks of reading.

MussellFeast  WhyCantIBeYou

I posted a review of The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke (translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch) which is a very thoughtful book. A metaphorical story anchored in history, this one will appeal to literary fiction lovers.

I also blew through Allie Larkin’s new book, Why Can’t I Be You (read my review) which I really enjoyed. Larkin really captures the essence of friendship and her characters feel like real people. Readers of women’s fiction will want to put this one on their “to be read” stack.

EndOfThePointLast week I finished reading The End of The Point by Elizabeth Graver for a TLC Book Tour (read my review). Graver’s book is set on the Massachusetts coast and spans more than fifty years as it follows the members of one family. I found the book to be a quiet book which explored growing up, family legacy, parenting, and the power of place. This book is being toured through the first part of April and you can find other reviews of it by visiting the tour page and clicking through the links.

InOnePersonMy current read is one I’ve been looking forward to – but it is taking me a little time to really fall into the story.  In One Person is the newest novel by John Irving – an author who is definitely one of my long time favorites. I’ve loved so many of his books and have learned to be patient as he weaves his convoluted way through a novel, introducing multiple characters and building his story. Central to this novel is Billy, a bisexual man. The book opens with Billy as an adolescent who is struggling to understand his sexual identity. I am about a quarter of the way into the book, so I can’t tell you much more than that…but Bookies Too is discussing In One Person right now if you are curious about other readers’ thoughts.

I hope you’ll drop by the Chunkster Challenge blog tomorrow when I’ll be posting a give away for The Map of the Sky by Felix Palma…as well as the discussion post for The Map of Time. We’ll be discussing The Map of Time for the rest of the month, so it is not too late to grab a copy and get it read. Those who participate in the discussion will get an extra chance to win Palma’s second book int the series.

Today I’m planning on reading a bit, but I am also working on a new quilt – one which I am loving so much. I’m using Bonnie and Camille’s Vintage Modern fabric and Camille’s pattern Flower Girl. This one will have a narrow white sashing with cornerstones between each block. Here is a sneak preview:


I hope you have a wonderful day and a fantastic week ahead. Oh, and did you remember to spring forward last night?!??!

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  1. I didn’t remember to spring forward until this morning…it struck me! And I had to go around changing my collection of clocks…lol


  2. My phone reminded me to spring forward. I woke up, reached for my phone to check the time and had a tiny bit of a shock until I realized it had already adjusted the time! It sounds like you had a great two weeks of reading. The Chunkster challenge looks interesting!

    • Bonnie on March 10, 2013 at 10:05

    I’ve been on a bit of a blogging break and have not heard of either books you reviewed. I will be sure to check out your reviews. The german translation intrigues me. Your quilt looks beautiful so far, love the vintage fabric design. I did remember to spring forward but I don’t like losing an hour but do like more daylight and sunshine!

  3. The quilt is gorgeous but your quilts always are.

  4. You made me think long and hard about reading The End of the Point, and I have decided that I am going to do that when I can. I love quiet family dramas, and this one sounds poignant. The quilt you are working on looks gorgeous!

    • Susan on March 11, 2013 at 19:21

    Spring-forwarding was tough but in the long run it’ll make it a good summer with white nights up North here. Enjoy your week of reading. cheers.

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