READING IN THE RAIN, Our First Book of the year

Reblogger Shar Sitter
Home Stager with Rooms With Style

Do you love to read but never have time? Now is the time to change your ways....only one book a month! Plus you get to discuss it with wonderful people in the Rain.

Join in on our first book of the year...The Paris Wife. Hosted by Ellen Caruso and she ALWAYS serves wonderful treats!! Join us on Ellen's post on February 15 for the discussion!

If you haven't joined the "Reading In the Rain" Group...come know you want to!

Original content by Ellen Caruso

ATTENTION ALL BOOK READERS, nows the time to get our fingers ready to turn pages, or fire up your Kindle or other on-line book reader. We've got a book or Two to start off the New Year!



First, if you like author Ann Patchett, (most know for her award winning book 'Bel Canto'), her newest book 'State Of Wonder' is getting rave reviews. I just started it and was immediately drawn in by her characters and story, so if you wish to read this, I'll be glad to blog and share comments on this story as well as our January selection.

And I'm not the only one saying this, here is a quote about it.

"Patchett’s latest novel really is something special and worth considering for all the literary prizes, festivals and reading groups going this year."

Our official Book for the month is 'The Paris Wife'. 

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for. 

A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.
NEXT MEETING FEBRUARY 15, I will host the book discussion for this book. Be ready to share your comments, and I'll provided the virtual snacks.

If your not already a member, please join us Reading in The Rain!

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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Shar.....thanks for getting the word out!  I've seen this book and been thinking of downloading it. 

Jan 19, 2012 12:37 PM #1
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Shar, you know we always like feedback on a book, and our book group is the most hippiest and ACTIVE around! And this book does have top reviews and should give us something to talk about.

Jan 19, 2012 12:58 PM #2
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Shar - I'm so picking this book up tomorrow.  I've already heard my local friends talk about how good it is.

Jan 19, 2012 02:31 PM #3
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Oh yeah Kathy!!

I can't wait to read it Ellen! And to see what you serve of course.

Yippee!! Glad you can join us on this one Sally!

Jan 19, 2012 03:36 PM #4
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

Mom said this is a "Must Read".  I am on the waiting list at my library, but will order it if it's not in my hands by next week.  So happy to be reading in the rain again.... Thanks Shar!

Jan 19, 2012 10:12 PM #5
Brenda Hughes
Evansville Home Staging & Re-Design - Evansville, IN
Home Staging & Re-Design Southern IN, KY

Shar - I'm picking this book up tomorrow.  I've already heard my local friends talk about how good it is.    am going to check at the library first, may have to go on a waiting list......

Jan 22, 2012 03:33 PM #6
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