Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cover Reveal: While You Were Gone By Kate Moretti

While You Were Gone

By Kate Moretti

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Book Description:
Despite Karen Caughee’s intense focus on her music, her life is drifting out of its lane. Her alcoholic mother keeps calling from bars for early-morning rides, her boyfriend doesn’t think she gets him, and that Toronto Symphony Orchestra position she applied for ends up going to her friend, Amy. By chance, she meets American Greg Randolf just before she’s in a car accident. He pulls her from the wreckage, but after major surgery, her recovery is slow. Without her music, her life’s pursuit, Karen is pushed further adrift.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Facing Three Hours

The Face: A Time Code by Ruth Ozeki

In this short non-fiction piece, Ozeki takes on the Zen exercise of staring at her face for three hours.

The book starts with her time clock set at 00:00:00, which ticks off the seconds and minutes as she writes whatever comes into her head while looking at her face. Between these are short essays about herself, her life and her ancestry to punctuate her time clock observances.

Friday, August 14, 2015

In Congruence

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie

This novel, according to Rushdie's website, is "a wonder tale about the way we live now, a rich and multifaceted work that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story to bring alive a world – our world – that has been plunged into an age of unreason. Inspired by 2,000 years of storytelling tradition yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment ...." This retrospective tale of the events that happened in the 21st century, when a huge storm sparked what historians a thousand years later would call the "strangenesses." When that happened, it opened cracks closed for over eight hundred years between earth and the realm ruled by the jinni. After one thousand and one nights of the strangenesses, came the War between the Worlds. That war, seeded in the 12th century, grew from the vastly different views of the theologian Ghazali and the philosopher Ibn Rushd. In addition, the many progeny and multitudes of their descendants from the jinnia princess Dunia, who came down to earth and fell in love with Ibn Rushd, will play instrumental parts in that war.