Tolstoy and the purple chair : my year of magical reading

by Sankovitch, Nina.

Format: Print Book 2011
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"NinaSankovitch has crafted a dazzling memoir that remindsus of the most primal function of literature-to heal, to nurture and to connectus to our truest selves." --Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between Us

Catalyzedby the loss of her sister, a mother of four spends one year savoring a greatbook every day, from Thomas Pynchon to Nora Ephron and beyond. In the tradition ofGretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project and Joan Dideon'sA Year of Magical Thinking, Nina Sankovitch'ssoul-baring and literary-minded memoir is a chronicle of loss,hope, and redemption. Nina ultimately turns to reading as therapy andthrough her journey illuminates the power of books to help us reclaim ourlives.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Reading was paramount in Sankovitch's Evanston, Illinois, home, so she turned to books for solace in the wake of her oldest sister's cruel death at age 46. While Sankovitch knew she could rely on book. for wisdom, for succor, and for escape. however, she realized that as the mother of four sons, and as an attorney on hiatus, she needed structure to cope with her grief. Hence he. book-a-day project. Nestled in her beloved old purple chair, Sankovitch read a book each day, primarily novels, then reviewed each title on her book-exchange website, Read All Day. She now recounts he. year of magical readin. in a beautifully fluid, reflective, and astute memoir that gracefully combines affecting family history--her parents immigrated to America after surviving WWII in Belgium and Poland with expert testimony about how books open our minds t. the complexity and entirety of the human experience. Sankovitch's reading list in all its dazzling variety is top-notch, and every ardent reader will find her perceptive thoughts about stories, remembrance, resilience, an. book blis. incisive and affirming.--Seaman, Donn. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "When Sankovitch lost her older sister to cancer, she was determined to "live her life double" in order to make up for her family's painful loss. But after three years spent at a frenetic pace, Sankovitch decided to slow down and rediscover the pleasure of books in order to reconnect with the memory of her sister. Despite the day-to-day responsibilities of raising four sons-and the holidays, vacations, and sudden illnesses that accompany a large family-Sankovitch vowed to read one book a day for an entire year and blog about it. In this entertaining bibliophile's dream, Sankovitch (who launched and was profiled in the New York Times) found that her "year of magical reading" was "not a way to rid myself of sorrow but a way to absorb it." As well as being an homage to her sister and their family of readers, Sankovitch's memoir speaks to the power that books can have over our daily lives. Sankovitch champions the act of reading not as an indulgence but as a necessity, and will make the perfect gift from one bookworm to another. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Sankovitch, Nina -- Books and reading.
Books and reading -- United States.
Publisher New York :Harper,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description x, 240 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes "Complete list of books read from October 28, 2009, to October 28, 2009"--P. 225-236.
ISBN 9780061999840 (hardcover)
0061999849 (hardcover)
9780061999857 (pbk.)
0061999857 (pbk.)
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