I’m hitting the books now. Haven’t done that yet on this blog. But I just finished a ‘win’ of a book – Tolstoy and The Purple Chair - and I felt a need to share, especially since it’s so in line with the theme of this website/blog. And no, I don’t love it because of the rich purple velvety chair on the cover. But I will admit, I was drawn to the title because of ‘purple’.
I love memoirs; specifically ones that portray people’s struggles and ultimate successes in rising above and moving beyond their difficulties. This book is certainly one of them. The way in which the author, Nina Sankovitch, depicts this theme is quite unique and fascinating – through books (another passion of mine). She turns to books and decides to read a book-a-day for a year to guide and help her deal with her grief over the death of her sister. It is a beautiful journey through many books and authors’ wonderful quotes. And Ms. Sankovitch weaves and connects all of it to her life, and specifically to her struggle in coping with her deep and painful loss.
This reinforces what I feel strongly about – that words, ideas and experiences can be so powerful in shaping us. We can learn and grow so much from others and truly integrate the words and ideas that speak to us. I feel I’ve gained strength and positive energy by hearing, reading and learning about how others have been able to persevere through their challenges.
Is there a book or story that has impacted your life, that’s helped you become stronger or more effective in your own coping abilities?
I’d like to highlight the books of my interviewees, as many of them have written memoirs of transcending their adversities.
Dr. Daniel Gottlieb – “Letters To Sam” “Learning from the Heart” “The Wisdom of Sam”
Leigh Brill – “A Dog Named Slugger”
Ann Hood – “Comfort – A Journey Through Grief”
Jeni Stepanek - “Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T.…