Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tolstoy & The Purple Chair....Review & Give Away

Earlier this month I sat down with a book I had heard a lot about....Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch.  This true account of one woman's book a day reading to heal from her sister's death was one I was really looking forward to reading.  In case you are unfamiliar, here is the scoop....


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

32 comments:

Jules(: said...

Little Women is my favorite book of all time.

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Nancy said...

What a tough question!
Anne of Greene Gables by L.M. Montgomery

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Randi said...

The Princess Bride because of the author's brilliance.

Ashley Schein said...

My favorite book is Dating Game

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gail said...

catcher in the rye
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Anonymous said...

Little momen is probably my favorite book bit I like all of Louisa Alcott's books.
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Krista Raven said...

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Mary Jensen said...

Rain of Gold by Victor Villasenor <3

Jenna Wood said...

Wonderful Stories of Henry Sugar

Danielle said...

I've always loved "Still Life With Woodpecker"

Kimberly said...

I like The Room
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Lana Bradstream said...

My favorite is 1984

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I entered Unlikely Friendships for kids

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ashlee sherae said...

Hmm, that is a suuuuper hard question! It's hard to pick, but I loved the Crank, Glass, and Fallout books!

Ada Mangoes said...

I love everything Douglas Adams.

brandy boone said...

I just finished The Shack and LOVE it!

Kasi Hill Erwin said...

Hmmm. . . so many! Gone With the Wind and Angela's Ashes, for sure!
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Terri P said...

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

It's the book my Nanie read to me and the first book I ever read on my own. I read it once a year.

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Em said...

looks like an interesting read

Sarah Yurga said...

To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite
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Laurie said...

I love so many books..probably Bridges of madison county

Corpsechick said...

Charlotte's Web
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Anonymous said...

My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult

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telecommutingtechiemom said...

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

phxbne said...

Confederacy of Dunces

Terri Menke said...

Probably How the Animals Get to the Zoo

Sue Hull said...

I always loved Dr.Suess for kids.I enjoy true stories books.Thanks for the great giveaway! :)
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Tabitha Olivas said...

The giver

Becky said...

My all time favorite book is Where The Red Fern Grows. I have read it probably 500 times, and it still makes me cry!