It’s not only the start of a new month but today also happens to be the 5th anniversary of Life With Dee! Thank you to all my regular readers and if you are new here, welcome! On the first of each month I share a book selection. I know many of you love to read like I do so in March of 2016 I started the LWD Book Club. I hope you’ll find some book inspiration here. This month’s book is “A Gentleman in Moscow” and I’m really looking forward to diving into this one.
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A Gentleman in Moscow
I can’t recall for certain where I read about this but I believe it was left in the comments of a blog I read. Or perhaps in a newsletter I receive? In any case, it was billed as the perfect book to read during quarantine. These are indeed peculiar times and we are all just doing the best we can under the circumstances. If, like me, you love to read, you have no doubt used a good book as an escape. This one sounds like it will serve that purpose beautifully.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.
Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.
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I know our inboxes can be overrun at times so I think fewer but meatier newsletters would be appreciated these days. My hope is that my readers will brew a cup of tea (or coffee) and join me for a virtual teatime while reading the letter. It may take a bit of trial and error to find just what works best for everyone but I’m looking forward to this new format. I hope you’ll enjoy it!
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Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery