Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Sunday Salon: May 12

I've been surrounded by books for most of the past week, yet little reading has been done.

(As you may have noticed, even less blogging has been done, too.)

In January, I started attending a new church, a Unitarian Universalist congregation that I've been meaning to "check out" since we moved here. It only took me a mere 16 months to get around to going one Sunday.

It was time. If I'm being honest, I've been feeling somewhat adrift and unsettled here. I started feeling that way during The Husband's cancer treatments, when our entire support system was six hours away, and it isn't helping that the one-year anniversary of my unemployment looms with continued dead ends everywhere I turn.

When you're in such a state, you tend to turn to anything that is familiar and (hopefully) safe and legal for comfort. We were UUs back in Philly and Delaware, so we know this faith. It's home for me. I really like this congregation and I think it's a good fit with what I am looking for. So, when they asked for volunteers to help out with the rummage sale fundraiser this week, I signed up for several mornings as a way to get out of the house and to try and meet some new people.

We had a large book section and of course, that's where I spent most of my time - organizing and sorting donations and (whoot!) getting first dibs on the offerings.

Meet the newest additions to my bookshelves:

Fresh Choices: More Than 100 Easy Recipes for Pure Food When You Can't Buy 100% Organic, by David Joachim and Rochelle Davis

New American Poets of the '90s, edited by Jack Myers ad Roger Weingarten

Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Herland: A Lost Feminist Utopian Novel, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Tennis Partner, by Abraham Verghese

Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann (one of my favorite books EVER and one that I own on Kindle, but I couldn't resist a copy in print)  

Sarah's Key, by Tatiana De Rosnay

Crash Diet, Stories by Jill McCorkle

Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes

I donated six books to the sale, plus a bunch of children's books, so coming home with nine books isn't too bad, huh? I can live with that ratio. We made $6,000 on the rummage sale, according to what they announced at church this morning!

As for the rest of today, I'm planning to spend what's left of my Mother's Day catching up on the reading I've neglected over the past week. On Friday I started Deb Caletti's novel He's Gone (which is also Ms. Caletti's  first novel of adult women's fiction). I loved The Queen of Everything, which was my first introduction to Deb Caletti, and this novel is also completely engrossing.

He's Gone begins with the sudden and unexplained disappearance of Dani Keller's husband, Ian. The couple, both on their second marriage, live on a houseboat in the Seattle area (a familiar setting if you've read Caletti's other books). As Dani desperately searches for her husband, the reader learns about the couple's not-always-smooth-sailing pasts through Caletti's skillful use of flashbacks.

I'm on page 136 of 323 of the ARC, and I've found myself saying some variation of "Why don't you ____??!!" or "You really need to ____!" and "When the hell are you ______, you idiot!" a few too many times. I'm hoping these questions and issues will be answered or resolved soon. They're not at the point where I'd be tempted to give up (yet), but something needs to start happening. That being said, this is a really good "escapism" novel.


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1 comment:

Bryan said...

Oooh, the poetry book and the Verghese (read Cutting For Stone and loved it) look really good. You'll have to tell us later how they, please. :)

Happy Mother's Day to you. Your kids and husband are lucky to have you.