Blog to Book: Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch

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[Editor's Note: I love hearing about people who have been able to turn their blog into a book. That's precisely what Nina Sankovitch did. Her blog started as a tribute to her sister. Now you can pick it up at a bookstore near you as Tolstoy and the Purple Chair. After reading Dawn's report back from hearing Sankovitch speak about the book, I have a feeling you may want to keep tissues handy. - Karen]

Author event with Nina Sankovitch and Tolstoy and the Purple Chair

tolstoy and the purple chair nina sankovitchReading had always been a big part of the Sankovitch family’s daily life. When the three girls were young, their mother read aloud to them; they visited the library and bookmobile together; and as adults, shared books and recommendations. When Anne-Marie was hospitalized during the last weeks of her illness, Nina read on the train into the City, and often brought a book for her sister (Anne-Marie didn’t have the energy to read the books, but it was symbolic of their connection).

As she approached her own forty-sixth birthday (the age at which her sister died), Nina thought back to this link of literature between the sisters, and decided to read a book a day in her honor. Reading would force her to slow down her hectic pace, and to take care of herself and her family in a different way. She had support of her husband and four school-age children, and took the plunge with her blog, Read All Day, in which she reviews the 365 books she read during that year.

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