Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Tolstoy & The Purple Chair....Review & Give Away
Caught up in grief after the death of her sister, Nina Sankovitch decided to stop running and start reading. For once in her life she would put all other obligations on hold and devote herself to reading a book a day: one year of magical reading in which she found joy, healing, and wisdom.
With grace and deep insight, Sankovitch weaves together poignant family memories with the unforgettable lives of the characters she reads about. She finds a lesson in each book, ultimately realizing the ability of a good story to console, inspire, and open our lives to new places and experiences. A moving story of recovery, Tolstoy and the Purple Chair is also a resonant reminder of the all-encompassing power and delight of reading.
I found this book to be quite absorbing. The author was clearly overcome by her grief and in the time immediately following her sisters death at 46 she lived life "doubly". She was an overachiever...an over doer. I can understand this. I can also understand her need to slow down and connect with herself and her grief with her decision to read a book a day. There were criteria to the books she chose....they had to be ones she would have shared with her sister, at least an inch thick AND no repeat authors. Even as an avid bookworm, I found this task more than a little daunting to imagine doing myself! I enjoyed reading about the books the author read, her memories and her family life. I found myself rooting for her and wishing her the healing she was so searching for. As a mother to three, I DID have some moments where I felt some annoyance with her, at times, commitment to her own healing over the needs of her children. I am not sure I could have done that . I am not judging but I am not sure this is something I could have carved out for myself but maybe that is a testament to how we moms too often do not do what we ourselves need. Food for thought! Get lost in the Purple Chair with Nina Sankovitch and pick up your copy today on Amazon....
I am so pleased to tell you that the publisher, William Morrow, is giving one lucky RBM reader a copy of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair. Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter... a Rafflecopter giveaway