Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Sunday Salon - All Work and . . .Okay! Okay! There'll be some play!

This is NOT how I planned to spend my day! But I'm at the office playing ketchup. I'll be here most of the day, but it has to be done.

My plan is to alternate working for pay with working as play - I'm not trying to rhyme, but I'll be here all day. There's a lot to be done in both areas.

It was hard to drag myself away from one of my current reads - SCOTTSBORO by Ellen Feldman. This is a fictionalized account of the 1931 events and their aftermath which revited the attention of the nation and the world on Scottsboro, Alabama. Nine black youths were convicted, and eight of them sentenced to death for a crime that not only did they not commit but that never even occurred. This novel, shortlisted for the 2009 Orange Prize for fiction, alternates between the point of view of Alice Whittier, a New York left-wing journalist, and Ruby Bates, one of the two young white women who cried rape. The prejudices of racism, sexism, and anti-semitism are all exposed and examined in this totally compelling novel. Hopefully, I'll have some quiet time this evening to continue reading it.

This week, I've also dipped into THE LINK: Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor by Colin Tudge. And, I breezed through THE FRAGMENT by Warren Fahey. I didn't plan it this way, but the two made an interesting juxtapostion -- the first is science and the latter science fiction. Both deal with the evolution of life and our own species in particular. Thoroughly entertaining AND informative!

Today, tomorrow, and Tuesday, I will be participating in the Virtual Blog Tour for WOMEN OF WISDOM by Kris Steinnes. If you're interested in personal transformation and empowerment, be sure to check out the book information, chapter excerpts, and ordering information.

I'll also be posting details on a couple of new book giveaways this week - we can't let a good giveaway go to waste!

Hope you all have a great Father's Day!


bermudaonion said...

Oooh, I really want to read Scottsboro - it sounds fascinating.

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books said...

I find it rewarding and motivating to alternate work and play! I spent several hours yesterday doing just that - 30 minutes of house-cleaning to prep for company balanced by 30 minutes of blogging/reading :)

I hope you got a lot of work *and* play done!

Zibilee said...

Scottsboro sounds like a very intriguing book. I can't wait to read your review of it!