Friday, August 19, 2005

September Pick: Broken for You

Our September pick is "Broken For You."

This debut novel from author Stephanie Kallos tells the story of two women of different generations whose lives intersect at the most unusual time. Margaret Hughes is a woman whose life of luxury may be coming to a precipitous end. She has lived a life of extreme wealth in the Pacific Northwest but she remains surrounded by things not people. Wanda is a twenty-something woman who traveled west for love. But fate intervened and soon, when she finds herself needing a place to live, she rents a room in Margaret’s mansion.

Wanda has a penchant for mending things: broken china, fractious relationships and life. Margaret soon learns that by opening her home to Wanda, she opened her life to a whole new dimension of life that she never imagined. Soon her life becomes flooded with new possibilities, new people and a renewed zest for life that she never dreamed was possible. This novel celebrates the idea that perfection in life is not mandatory and that some things that are broken in our life can and should be repaired.

Join us at Joseph-Booksellers at SouthPark Mall on Monday, September 12th at 7PM where we’ll have an extraordinary chance to talk in-depth with the author from her home in Seattle, WA.

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National Book Festival

We’ve had interest from several readers about the upcoming National Book Festival in Washington, D.C on September 24,2005.

Book lovers will get to meet dozens of best-selling authors of every genre at the fifth annual festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress and the First Lady. Carol Hoffman, from Mann Travel will be putting packages together for readers who are interested in traveling to the nation’s capital. You can contact her at (704) 556-8311.

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Sunday, August 14, 2005

A reader talks about Vino, Vino

We love hearing from all of you. CW book club member Marty Goodman shared this from her recent trip to Venice and her stop at Vino, Vino-a pivotal place in A Thousand Days in Venice.

"I just returned from Venice yesterday, and we had a drink at Vino Vino. My husband and I always go there since I read the book a few years ago. We wanted our friends to enjoy it, too. I thought of 'the stranger' seeing her through the window. A friend who was reading the book as we traveled was amazed to "live in the book".

The big thing there is the price. Our group had a glass of prosecco, 2 red wines, a beer, and a scotch for less than 10 euros. Now that is a place to have a drink!"