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Friday, April 6, 2012

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch

I received Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch from a giveaway over at Bookin' with Bingo and didn't really know what to expect.

From the Cover:
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair tells the story of the Sankovitch family: Nina's family, who barely escaped death in Belarus during World War II; her four rambunctious children, who offer up their own book recommendations while helping out with the cooking and cleaning; and Anne-Marie, her oldest sister and idol, with whom Nina shared the pleasure of books, even in her last moments of life.

After her sister's death Ms. Sankovitch takes a year off and challenges herself to read a book each day. In between book reviews she tells of her sister's death at the age of forty-six, the horrendous story of her father's family, many of whom died in Poland during World War II, and her efforts to escape through reading. Her favorite place to read was a purple chair. While I found some of the book depressing, I loved the book reviews and it also contains a complete list of all the books Ms. Sankovitch read during the year - quite an achievement.


Sam (Tiny Library) said...

Unfortunately, my library system doesn't have a copy of this as it's a book I think I would really enjoy reading. Great review :)

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

What an amazing read this must be! Such an interesting concept. And a book a day! These days I struggle to read a book a week!! That's some achievement and I hope Ms Sankovitch found a lot of comfort from the books she read.
Judy, South Africa

Joanne said...

sounds intriguing. I'll have to add it to my long list of reads. Hope you are well and have a happy easter

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

As much as I enjoy reading, I really do not find the the concept of reading a book a day appealing, although the book sounds intriguing.

Being Beth said...

Hi Ann,

I was reading an agents blog this morning and it listed what they are looking for in the way of new queries. three of the four agents are now looking for cozy mysteries. Thought I'd pass the link on to you in case you still have any thoughts of trying traditional publishing again.



Cozy in Texas said...

Thanks for the tip Beth

Nan said...

Everyone deals with grief in a different way, but I've never heard of this particular manner. I do think it is wonderful. I want to read this. I probably wouldn't read Tolstoy though.:<)