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- Schroeder, MN, USA
- member since August 11, 2007
berylsbissell’s last login was Tuesday, November 23, 2010.
I recently finished your book, The Scent of God, and really loved it. I have had many similar experiences in my life. I happened to be traveling through Italy while reading it, which brought that parallel feeling through even more. Thank you for writing such an honest book of your amazing life story.
I also enjoyed your clear and descriptive writing style.
I just wanted to send you a quick note to tell you that the Minneapolis-St.Paul-Minnesota Group has chosen some good books to read and discuss together during the upcoming months. Our Group Read for the months of September/October will be The Master Butcher’s Singing Club by Louise Erdrich and the group read for the months of November/December will be Growing An Inch by Stanley Gordon West. Both books are by Minnesota authors.
I invite you to join us in reading and discussing these books. Personally, I just finished reading The Master Butchers Singing Club and thought it was a powerful piece of historical fiction with intriguing characters. Should make for an interesting discussion.
Lynne / Doughgirl5562 – Co-Admin of the Minneapolis-St.Paul-Minnesota Group
WOW. I just finished Bel Canto. I still am not over reading it. I just want to sit and cry. Just stunning. I can't believe I had not read this before. Just how many other books this good am I missing I wonder. I just recently discovered Octavia Butler as well. Now along with Bel Canto, Kindred sits on my shelf of treasured books, next to my signed copy of The Scent of God. All is well in California, my family is well. They think I am a little nuts over reading, but they tolerate it. I will be 50 in less than a month and am looking forward to a week in Cancun in a resort as the companion to a friend of mine who will not travel alone and reading all the rest of Ann Patchett and Octavia Butler. I find myself missing your company and that of your family.
Hi, I just posted a very special interview with Juile Lessman, author of "A Passion Most Pure". She is giving away a copy of her book if you leave a comment on my blog. Check it out www.psalm516.blogspot.com. She'll be giving the book away next week.
I'm one of the co-admins of the Minneapolis-St.Paul-Minnesota group here on Shelfari. I wanted to drop you a special note of welcome to the group. We're a fairly new group, but I think we have a great bunch of readers -and of course we LOVE to have Minnesota authors as members of the group! I've heard good things about your book and hope to read it someday soon. (So many books, so little time.)
I look forward to reading your posts in the group discussion threads :-)
Doughgirl / Lynne
I should Thank YOU for such great writing and inspiration through your book! It was truly one that I didn't want to put down, and touched me very deeply. I first heard of your book through Kerry Miller and Midmorning on Minnesota Pulbic Radio. She always discusses some greath authors like you! I hope you wil alsol enjoy Patricia Nell Warren's writing as well. She is a great author, and amazes me with her writing!
I blogged about Bel Canto - http://janetkayjensen.blogspot.com/2008/05/acquired-taste-and-song-about-sandwich.html
Patchett is superb in this book. One beautiful paragraph after another.
I read the complete short stories of Flannery O'Connor last summer. Dark but brilliant. A Thousand Splendid Suns was a heartbreaker, too . . .
Sometimes I have to read something very funny after reading the last two authors.
Good evening Beryl,
You're the poster child for claiming your dreaming and living in its clothes until it becomes a reality.
"I am a writer," you said. You were braver than I. God gave you a supportive husband and the desire of your heart.
What a story! I admire you. God bless you in your writing journey.
Eclectic Book Club Peeps:
All righty, let's have those nominations for our next big read. What's everyone in the mood for?
Post your selections in the "Genres" thread and we'll hash it out. If that takes too much energy, I will put all genres nominated in a hat and pick one at random!
Thank you. It seems a weird thing to have to say here, but there seems to be more and more people joining this site to hit on people and I'm not interested in things like that.
How are you? I hope you're having a good weekend. It's cold and snowing here but I don't have to go anywhere so I don't mind.