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There's still time ...

There are some very interesting comments on Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson, but there's still pleny of time (and space) to make yours yet.
And don't forget to let me have your suggestions for the next Purple Cook Book Club Spring Read.

Posted at 25th Feb 2013 - 04:43PM   Posted by Lampworkbeader   There's still time ... Comments: 2

Camilla's Avatar Thanks Lampie.

Here are my suggestions for our next Spring Read.

(1) The Shoemaker's Wife - Adriana Trigiani

The majestic and haunting beauty of the Italian Alps is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, who meet as teenagers, despite growing up in villages just a few miles apart. At the turn of the last century, when Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished from his village and sent to hide in America as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Little Italy. Without explanation, he leaves a bereft Enza behind. Soon, Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America with her father to secure their future.

Unbeknownst to one another, they both build fledgling lives in America, Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job in Hoboken until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I and Enza, determined to forge a life without him, begins her impressive career as a seamstress at the Metropolitan Opera House that will sweep her into the glamorous salons of Manhattan and into the life of the international singing sensation, Enrico Caruso.

(2) Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.

I began reading Tolstoy's novel ages ago but never finished it. It was first published in 1873.

Posted by: Camilla on 26th Feb 2013 at 02:05AM

Inthemud's Avatar I have a suggestion of a different sort. Wesley: The Story of a remarkable owl by Stacey O'Brien.

I have not read iot yet, but a friend told me about it, it is a true story of a young owl brought up by a human, very moving and beautifully told I gather.
On amazon it says:On Valentine’s Day 1985, biologist Stacey O’Brien met a four-day-old baby barn owl – a fateful encounter that would turn into an astonishing 19-year saga. With nerve damage in one wing, the owlet had no hope of surviving on his own in the wild. O’Brien, then a young assistant in the owl laboratory at Caltech, was immediately smitten, promising to care for the helpless owlet and give him a permanent home. Wesley is the funny, poignant story of their dramatic two decades together. As Wesley grew, O’Brien snapped photos of him at every stage, recording his life from a helpless ball of fuzz to a playful, clumsy adolescent to a gorgeous, gold-and-white, adult owl with a heart-shaped face and an outsize personality that belied his 18-inch stature. When O'Brien develops her own life-threatening illness, the biologist who saved the life of a helpless baby bird is herself rescued from death by the insistent love and courage of this wild animal. Wesley is a thoroughly engaging, heart-warming, often funny story of a complex, emotional, non-human being capable of reason, play, and, most important, love and loyalty.

Posted by: Inthemud on 26th Feb 2013 at 12:46PM

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