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
Lean Out – A Meditation on the Madness of Modern Life – Tara Henley – a non-fiction blueprint on repairing your work-life balance. Feb 18 2021
Extra Time – Ten Lessons for an Ageing World – Camilla Cavendish – a non-fiction book about ageing, especially for those who dread it. Jan 21 2021
A Christmas Carol with Recipes – a special hard-cover edition of the Dickens classic with mouth-watering traditional recipes. Dec 10 2020
The Jane Austen Society – Natalie Jenner – Nov 19 2020 – a fictionalized account of the rescue of Jane Austen’s Chawton House by a group of English villagers determined to preserve her legacy.
The Library Book – Susan Orleans – Oct 1 2020 – non-fiction – the perfect book for library lovers.
Baked Alaska and a Book – Recipe for a Perfect Wife – Karma Brown – July 9 2020 – how to be a 1950’s housewife or not….
The Literary Salon – Secondhand: Adventures in the New Global Garage Sale – by Adam Minter. July 2 2020 – a fascinating look at what really happens to the stuff you donate.
The Literary Salon – On Edge – by Andrea Petersen – Apr 23 2020 – a memoir about living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
The Literary Salon – The Great Influenza – by John M. Barry – March 18 2020 – a timely topic about the 1918-19 flu pandemic. Stay in and read!
The Literary Salon – Mary Higgins Clark – RIP – Feb 27 2020 – a tribute to the Queen of Suspense.
The Literary Salon – Books and Brownies – February 6 2020 a roundup of this winter’s best reads.
The Literary Salon – The Man Who Invented Christmas – Dec 12 2019 – by Les Standiford. For Charles Dickens fans, the story behind the writing of A Christmas Carol.
The Literary Salon – A Modern Gothic Mystery – Nov 14 2019- The Turn of the Key – Ruth Ware – a haunted house with Smart technology on the the windswept Scottish moors updates the classic Gothic mystery.
The Literary Salon – Eating Local – Oct 2 2019 – books to inspire healthier eating.
The Literary Salon – Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain – Aug 28 2019 – a book for introverts
The Literary Salon – Beach Books – Summer 2019 – a little something for everyone under the sun.
The Literary Salon – Help Me – June 2019 – one woman’s humorous but disastrous journey road-testing self-help books.
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 2019 – by Elin Hilderbrand (the perfect couple is getting married on Nantucket – but are they? The perfect read for Valentine’s Day).
Regular Book Reviews will be posted on my Goodreads Account link on the home page.
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).