Ah, winter. For me it is the most perfect time of year for reading. Something about cold weather and short days makes me all snugglish, and then add to that a warm mug of something yummy, a fuzzy sweater, a cozy chair. What else completes that idyllic mental picture better than a book, right?
Our first selection is a perfect winter read called Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food and Healing in Italy by Paula Butturini. Love? Food? Italy?? If you’re anything like me, that sounds really good, and vaguely familiar.. but wait, there’s more to it..
From the author’s website, here is the synopsis:
Keeping the Feast traces the path of a single bullet that upended the lives of an American couple reporting on the fall of Communism in 1989. Ultimately, though, it is a memoir that celebrates the healing to be found in the sharing of food, three times a day, among friends and family in Italy and France.
A bullet? NOT exactly what you were expecting, eh? Well, it is the time of year for surprises!
Ok, so here’s the deal. I have 20 COPIES of Keeping the Feast available for our reading series, compliments of Riverhead Books! We’ll get the books out to everyone who’s interested in participating. Then 20 of us can discuss it here, and Paula will join in! Think of it as a book club of sorts, except without the wine. Well, you can have wine in front of your computer if you like. Who’s gonna stop you?
E-mail me with your address (even if you think I have it!) to enter the drawing for a free copy of the book. Put “Keeping the Feast” in the subject line, but please only request the book if you are interested in coming back for the discussion. Be sure it sounds like a book you’d enjoy.
Click here to read a full description of the book. Keeping the Feast will be in stores on February 18th, 2010, and the discussion will take place here in February – with the author participating ‘live’ for an hour! I will post details for the discussion about a week before along with an email reminder to those who’ve won the book.
(Oh, and thank you to Sasha & the Silver Fish for reminding me to say that this is open to US/Canada residents only. I apologize to our friends in other countries.)