The Sunday Salon: Spring Forward

Having dutifully set my clocks forward last night, I was prepared for the shock to my system this morning when my body clock awakened me at what seemed like the normal 7:00 a.m., but was actually 8:00 a.m.

I was prepared for it, but not happy about it.

Admittedly, I don’t like the sensation of losing an hour, especially when what gets cheated is usually my reading time.


Daylight savings time notwithstanding, I’ve been clipping along with my various reading projects. This week I’m mid-way through Nobody’s Fool, a Richard Russo novel I picked up on the library sale rack (50 cent trade paperbacks make me very happy.) Russo has a knack for presenting the quirky, down and out, everyman types with such warmth and affection you can’t help but root for them as they bumble through life and relationships. This novel (published in 1987) is populated with more sad-sacks than any of his others, most notably Donald Sullivan (Sully), a half-hearted construction worker who’s been carrying on a lackluster affair with the wife of another man for the past 20 years. Russo’s requisite down-and-out town, North Bath, is as dismal as its residents. Somehow, though, Russo can make the reader laugh at and even love these folks, for if we look closely we can find pieces of ourselves dwelling within them.

I’m also re-reading Care of the Soul, by Thomas Moore, a guidebook of sorts for finding sacredness and meaning in everyday life. I purchased this book when it was published in 1994, but never finished it. Life was hectic and busy in those days, with a teenager and a job, and I don’t think I had time to consider (or, truthfully, even care) about the sacredness of it all. But now “everyday life” is very present in my mind, and I’m rethinking the concept of seeking a more meaningful approach to it.

Up next is Amanda Coplin’s The Orchardist, which I’m eager to read. I’m reviewing it for TLC Tours, and also reading it for a book club meeting with some friends here in town.  If you’ve read it, I’d love to know what you think!

I’ll be spending the afternoon at a concert, but am tucking a book into my purse as usual 🙂 You never know when a spare minute might crop up, and I need all the reading time I can muster today!





4 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Spring Forward

  1. I sooo enjoyed The Orchardist. Such an absorbing read for me and beautifully written. Our friend Beth Kephart will just about die of happiness, no doubt, when she learns you’re reading it.

    • Beth’s the one that put me onto it, actually. And then I mentioned it to a friend who was doing our book club, and she chose it for the book club to read.
      I’m looking forward to it.

  2. I read Empire Falls awhile ago, and I’ve been thinking of reading Nobody’s Fool ever since. Paul Newman earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Sully in the movie. I usually like to read the book first, but it’s been ages since I saw the movie.

    • I didn’t know there was a movie! I will look it up. I think my favorite book of Russo’s is Bridge of Sighs. He also has a new memoir out which was fascinating to read when you’ve read his novels.

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