Sunday, March 5, 2023

Sunday Salon: Maybe Let's Have a Normal Day Today


This past week was nuts. Some idiot contractor made a drilling error and broke a water main that meant my city was out of water for almost three days. The break happened Monday morning and was not fully resolved until Thursday; water was back by Wednesday but we were under a boil water order for another day. Things are "fine" now but in the mean time one of my cats had a medical emergency as well, and while she is also doing better, I'm going to need a little space on the week before *I'm* going to feel better.

Yesterday was my quilt guild's monthly meeting and I had a great time as usual. On the way home I stopped by my favorite thrift shop and picked up a new book! I'll tell you about it later. Today I just want to make some tea, play some piano and do some serious relaxing.

Thursday, March 2 was World Book Day and on social media we were challenged to "introduce ourselves with seven books." Here are mine:

-Possession, AS Byatt, my favorite novel still;
-Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood, my favorite book by my favorite author;
-Persuasion, Jane Austen, my favorite "classic,",
-Dinner, Cesar Aira, my favorite novel by my *other* favorite writer,
-Daniel Stein, Interpreter, Ludmila Ulitskaya, my favorite Jewish book,
-Paroles, Jacques Prevert, my favorite poetry and my favorite book in French, and
-The Goodbye Kiss, Massimo Carlotto, my favorite crime novel.

Of course I can think of more than seven books that define me as a reader or that have been important in my life. 

-Science and Poetry, by I.A.Richards, the book which is the subject of a regret (long story, maybe I'll tell you some day);

-Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett, the book my husband used to introduce himself to me, when we first started dating,

-Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, my teenage angst novel,

-The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood, the book that most emotionally scarred me,

-Our Bodies, Ourselves, by the Boston Womens' Health Book Collective, the book that helped me be a feminist, 

-Poetry My Arse, by Brendan Kennelly, my favorite book from Ireland, and

-The Passage, by Justin Cronin, the book I most associate with my book blog.

and so on. Each one of these could be the subject of its own book, or at least its own essay.

It just depends how you look at that question- introducing yourself in seven books.  How would you introduce yourself in seven books?

Have a great Sunday.

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