Tolstoy and the Purple Chair : My Year of Magical Reading

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2012-06-19
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
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Caught up in grief after the death of her sister, Nina Sankovitch decided to stop running and start reading. For once in her life she would put all other obligations on hold and devote herself to reading a book a day: one year of magical reading in which she found joy, healing, and wisdom. With grace and deep insight, Sankovitch weaves together poignant family memories with the unforgettable lives of the characters she reads about. She finds a lesson in each book, ultimately realizing the ability of a good story to console, inspire, and open our lives to new places and experiences. A moving story of recovery, Tolstoy and the Purple Chairis also a resonant reminder of the all-encompassing power and delight of reading.

Author Biography

Nina Sankovitch launched ReadAllDay.org in 2008, and at the end of her year of reading, she was profiled in the New York Times. She continues to review books on ReadAllDay.org and for the Huffington Post. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and four sons.

Table of Contents

Prologue: On the Cliffp. 1
Crossing the Bridgep. 5
Return to the Bookmobilep. 18
Such Beauty in the Worldp. 32
In Search of Books and Timep. 46
Rearranging the Rhythmsp. 53
The Only Balm to Sorrowp. 62
Looking for the Starp. 75
Finding Another Chancep. 88
To Welcome the Interloperp. 99
Hearing Words I'd Missed Beforep. 108
Where Warmth Is Foundp. 119
The Expansion of Experiencep. 131
Bound to the Worldp. 140
Sex by the Bookp. 149
The Man in My Dreamsp. 157
Offering a Better Viewp. 164
Fireflies Dancing Across the Lawnp. 177
The Answers That Mysteries Providep. 186
Discovering Purpose in Kindnessp. 193
Coming off Loulou's Motorcyclep. 204
Tolstoy in My Purple Chairp. 212
Acknowledgmentsp. 223
Complete List of Books Read from October 28, 2008, to October 28, 2009p. 225
Permissionsp. 237
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