Tolstoy and the purple chair book list
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair - Reviewed Books Part 1: A - E (99 books)In her memoir Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading , author Nina Sankovitch recounts the year she spent reading a book a day in hopes of soothing her grief. She writes:. I was scared of living a life not worth living. Why did I deserve to live when my sister had died? I had to live hard and live fully. I set myself to a faster and faster speed.
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Thank you! This is a far better book than one might expect from the categories into which it seems to fall. It initially seems like a book in which the author commits to reading the encyclopedia, the Bible or some other exhaustive work, only in this case the challenge is to read, and review, a book per day for a full year. Ultimately, the results transcend categories, comparisons and matters of marketing, because what Sankovitch has accomplished in her first book is not only to celebrate the transformational, even healing, powers of reading, but to give the reader a feeling of reading those books as well, through the eyes of an astute reader. Her choices are eclectic, international, unpredictable even by her , the main mandate being that each is manageable enough to be read in a day. Avoiding the tedium of a diary, the author deals with the books thematically in chapters that focus on love, death, family, even the joys of reading, as she skillfully interweaves a memoir of growing up in a bookish immigrant family and developing a complicated, loving relationship with her oldest sister.
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Every day for one year, Nina Sankovitch read an entire book and posted a review on her website -- all while raising four boys. As a mother of just two children, a mother who struggled to find time to read this one book, I was curious to know how Sankovitch did it. As her forty-sixth birthday approaches, Sankovitch decides to embark on a journey to reconnect with her older sister, Anne-Marie, who had died of cancer three years earlier. At the time of her sister's death, Sankovitch handled grief by keeping herself frantically busy:. I was scared of living a life not worth living. Why did I deserve to live when my sister had died?