Sunday, August 16, 2009

Here I am,,,

I know its been a couple of weeks since my last post,,alot has been going on. Work for one just keeps getting in the way of things, oh well if it was'nt for work then I could'nt get all the great books or stitching projects I wanted now could I. And hubby and I went on a little vacation, we went to Southern California for 4 days to visit my side of the family. We stayed at my brothers house and had a fabulous time, went to antique and thrift stores and had a blast I finally found me a glass flower frog for the scissor collection,,well take pictures soon. And the high light of the trip was to the beach there was 9 of us and we had a blast,,I finally got to put my toes in sand and smell the sea air and play in the sea. I cant believe I have lived in the desert for 14 years. I am a water person. As for reading well I am in a slump I have started many books but none have caught my attention I didnt even finish Rebecca and I have been wanting to read that one for a long time..oh well maybe next time..

This past week at work 2 ladies from South Carolina came up to me and said they know Pat Conroy the author and both ladies had the sweetiest southern accent I have ever heard and were so sweet to talk to. And both loved his books, so when I saw we had an advance copy of his lastest book in the break room I jumped on it, now I am reading it and so far I like it. Maybe that is what I had to do to read was move outside my box of what I ususally read and so far it is working, as I have not heard of Pat Conroy before his new book came out.

After this week I dont what I like more British accents or Southern accents those to ladies just made my day at work by stopping by and talking to me..We are still planning on moving to Jacksonville Florida hopifully we will get some information this week about when we will be going,,I have lived in Georgia before and we fell in love with Savannnah and cant wait to get back there to see it again..and Charleston South Carolina has always been a city I would love to visit..Well I have ramble on enough, I will keep you all updated on the reading,,since there is no stitching going is the Pat Conroy book I am reading.

The publishing event of the season: The one and only Pat Conroy returns, with a big, sprawling novel that is at once a love letter to Charleston and to lifelong friendship.Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of thirteen, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him. Eventually, he finds his answer when he becomes part of a tightly knit group of high school seniors that includes friends Sheba and Trevor Poe, glamorous twins with an alcoholic mother and a prison-escapee father; hardscrabble mountain runaways Niles and Starla Whitehead; socialite Molly Huger and her boyfriend, Chadworth Rutledge X; and an ever-widening circle whose liaisons will ripple across two decades-from 1960s counterculture through the dawn of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. The ties among them endure for years, surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, and Charleston's dark legacy of racism and class divisions. But the final test of friendship that brings them to San Francisco is something no one is prepared for. South of Broad is Pat Conroy at his finest; a long-awaited work from a great American writer whose passion for life and language knows no bounds.


Heather G. said...

Glad you got a vacation! I love the beach! Good luck on your reading and stitching! I have five books I've started and am still working on all of them a page or two at a time. hee hee!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

i have this one but have not read it yet; sounds amazing.