Books

The Literary Salon, a page devoted to special books and literary reviews.

Starting in January 2019 I will be featuring the monthly Literary Salon.  (See the links below, which will redirect you to my regular blog posts).   Please drop in and don’t forget to wear something chic like in Paris. 

Introduction to The Literary Salon – January 9 2019 

The Literary Salon – Enchanted April 2019 – for those who want to time travel to an enchanted medieval castle in Italy.

The Literary Salon – Travel Books – March 2019  for when you get the urge to be on the road again.  

The Literary Salon – An Unwanted Guest –  January 9 2019 –  by Shari Lapena  (a murder mystery set in a country inn during a snowstorm – the perfect January read for a cold winter’s night).    

The Literary Salon – The Perfect Couple – Feb 2019by Elin Hilderbrand  (the perfect couple is getting married on Nantucket – but are they?  The perfect read for Valentine’s Day).

Paris salon

 

Regular Book Reviews will be posted on my Goodreads Account link on the home page. 

My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot EnsuesMy Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This memoir by Pamela Paul about how reading shapes and defines our lives, is a delightful read. Flawed Heroine keeps Book of Books – Plot Ensues – a cover like that could not fail to catch the eye of readers everywhere. Like most bookworms being forever in pursuit of the next good read, I am always curious about what other people are reading. I must have something on reserve or I get edgy. Her story about being trapped in a yurt on the Chinese silk road in a snowstorm with no reading material reminded me of being stuck on the island of Tucks and Caicos (long before it was developed), for a whole week with five bad books and no shopping anywhere, except a strip mall of offshore storefronts and one tacky souvenir shop. I must confess I am not familiar with the author, as being Canadian I tend to haunt the Chapters bestseller lists, Heather’s Pick’s and/or the Globe and Mail. No one gets to be the editor of the New York Times Book Review unless they are a very good writer, so her prose is lovely, and the way she describes how the books influenced her life and vice versa is captivating. I could relate to the various stages of her reading life, but have only kept my own Bob for the past ten years….how I wish I had started earlier. Not being an English lit major, I was not familiar with some of her choices, nor her recommendations, but I enjoyed the book so much it didn’t matter. (Favourite quote: I had swiftly fallen from the Austenian security of destined couple to the Whartonian disgrace of divorcee).