The Sunday Salon: Bedridden with Books

The Sunday SalonI’ve been living a book lover’s fantasy during the past two weeks.

Most of my time has been spent in bed, surrounded by my Kindle and a pile of library books.

Dare I say that if it wasn’t for the recovering-from-gallbladder-surgery part of this existence – which is what sent me to my bed in the first place –  it was actually kind of nice breezing through a book every other day.

A girl could get used to this lifestyle, gallbladder woes notwithstanding.

Alas, I’m feeling much more like myself and my days of decadent reading are over as I make my way back to my regular routine. Still, this recuperation was responsible for my finishing four books.

TransatlanticGlitter and Glue

This week I devoured TransAtlantic by Colum McCann and Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan. TransAtlantic is yet another one of those novels that makes you wonder how the hell Colum McCann does what he does. He just has a spectacular way of weaving a story together with seemingly unrelated characters (two aviators crossing the Atlantic from Newfoundland to Cork, abolitionist Frederick Douglass visiting Ireland in the midst of the potato famine, Senator George Mitchell brokering the peace talks – and the connections among them and the women in each of their lives) that is simply astounding. Once again, Colum McCann has proven why he’s one of my very favorite authors.

I spent the middle part of the week unable to put down Kelly Corrigan’s newest memoir, Glitter and Glue, which is getting a lot of buzz, and deservedly so.  This is going to be one of the books I recommend to almost every single person. I absolutely loved this, for many of the same reasons I loved The Middle Place and Lift. This may be Kelly Corrigan’s best book yet.

I’m hoping to have longer reviews of both books at some point, but suffice to say that both of these, as with several of the books I read in February, get 5 stars from me and earn a place on my Best of 2014 list.

February was a great month for reading. Even without the bedrest, February tends to be one of my better reading months. I’m sure the weather has something to do with it. I read 8 books. Links take you to my reviews.

Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It

Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, Stories by Maile Meloy

The True Secret of Writing

The True Secret of Writing, by Natalie Goldberg

Looking for Me

Looking for Me, by Beth Hoffman (audio)

Frances and Bernard

Frances and Bernard, by Carlene Bauer

Nest. Flight. Sky.

Nest. Flight. Sky.: On love and loss, one wing at a time, by Beth Kephart 

Pictures of You

Pictures of You, by Caroline Leavitt

Transatlantic

Transatlantic, by Colum McCann

Glitter and Glue

Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan

 Grain BrainAs for today and the beginning of March, we’re watching hockey on TV (c’mon, Flyers) (yeah, I know I live in the ‘Burgh) and I’m spending this snowy (what else is new?) Sunday trying to finish up Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers, by David Perlmutter, MD. I’m drinking a cup of green tea that needs to be reheated and am contemplating what to make for dinner. (The snowy day calls for soup, I think.)

Earlier today, The Husband had to go out in the snow to take my car to get a new front tire; upon going out to the garage yesterday, we discovered that the tire had gone so flat it was unable to be driven. This tire had been problematic; the potholes and ice have been taking a toll, so it needed some attention.

It looks like the predicted big snowstorm of 12″+ has been downgraded and we’re getting significantly less, maybe just 4″ or so. Like everyone else I know, I’d be quite happy if that’s the end of this crap for this godforsaken winter. Enough already.

Hope your March is off to a great start!

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4 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Bedridden with Books

  1. Karen

    I read Transatlantic last year. Parts of it were superb but overall the book didn’t wow me because there were some dull parts – including the one with the senator and the peace talks. I’ll be looking forward to your review.

  2. Deb Nancei

    I’ll never forget Let the Great World Spin. Loved hearing McCann talk about his writing process when he came to Houston recently.

  3. Bryan G. Robinson

    I don’t even know what we’re expecting now. Last I looked it was less than half an inch, so no big deal, but I’m with you in that I want this crap to be done too.

    So what do you think of Grain Brain? My wife and I are wheat-free, thanks mostly to another book Wheat Belly, but I’m not as religious in my zeal about it as she is. 🙂 It works for us, both in terms of weight loss and feeling better, and that’s what matters, but I understand it might not work for everyone.

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