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The Sunday Salon #54: Cut for Stone and Their Eyes Were Watching God

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I am very slow with completing books as I am consumed with job hunting for a health lawyer position in MA. I thought it would be fun to track my reading progress each week. The Sunday Salon is  an online reading group where all the participants set aside time to read every Sunday and blog about the experience. To learn more or to join, click on the picture above.

Since my last Sunday Salon post, I have actually read quite a bit and have a few bookish adventures.  The past week I have been consumed with Cut for Stone by Abraham Verghese.  The story is incredibly engaging and moving. I think that I cry about every twenty pages and at least that often exclaim, "Wow, this is brilliant."  The insights about medicine, family, and identity have kept me engaged enough to stay with the long book.  It is over 600 pages and I keep gulping down the story as if it is a bowl of cookies and cream ice cream of which I cannot get enough.  At the book club discussion on Thursday night, I got a few spoilers.  Instead of not being motivated to finish, I feel more compelled to keep going because I want to see how everything comes together. 

Over the last week, I attended a new-to-me-book club group.  The people were nice, but I felt a bit out of place because they all knew each other through a mommy and baby group.  At times I felt left out as the conversation centered around babies.   However, they did their best in include me.  We also had a good discussion of Shanghai Girls by Lisa See.  I still need to write a formal review of that book, but it was still fun to have a good conversation about the text.

Finally, I wrote my review of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston I do not think that I have ever written a review that was so personal and so positive.  Reading the book made me think about my Partner and all the possibilities that come with falling in love.

Unfortunately, I did not do much job hunting this week.  However, it felt good to be carried off by good stories and look forward to book-ish events.

Posted on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 11:18PM by Registered Commenter[beastmomma] | Comments5 Comments

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I've been wanting to read Their Eyes Were Watching God, ever since I saw the movie on TV.

I hadn't heard of Cut for Stone, but it's great to read about books that elicit emotion.

Here's my salon:

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel-Rain Snow
Recently I just had two doctor friends recommend Cut for Stone to me and I almost forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me about it.
March 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterunfinishedperson
I am glad to see your review of Cutting for Stone. Someone in my book club expressed interest in reading it so I am glad to hear that it s so powerful. It will probably make for a really good discussion.
March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole
Zora Neale Hurston's book is such a powerful read and important story. I'm glad you got so much out of it. Good luck on the job hunt and happy reading!

My Sunday Salon is <a href="http://www.eclectic-eccentric.com/2010/03/sunday-salon-whole-bunch-of-nonsense.html">here</a> if you are interested.
March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrisha
Laurel-Rain Snow: both of the books are excellent. I would highly recommend them.
Unfinished Person; I think you will find Cutting for Stone informative and engaging. I hope that you read it soon. I would be curious to hear what you think.
Nicole: I think it is a GREAT book club selection.
Trisha: Thanks for the good wishes!
March 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma

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