The slow, passionate burn of seduction. An inspiring paean to the power of books and reading.
Sounds pretty good, right? But what could seduction + reading have in common? For starters . . . they’re the topics of this week’s contest!
La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life by Elaine Sciolino and Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch were both reviewed in BookPage. Our reviewers liked the books so much, we decided to ask Sciolino and Sankovitch a few questions. Here’s a preview:
After so many years as a Paris correspondent, do you consider yourself “seduced” by France?
I never, ever have taken living in Paris for granted. There has never been a day when I haven’t reveled in its beauty, or felt fortunate to live here. So in a sense, perhaps I have been seduced. I love to quote a character in a play by the 19th-century poet and playwright Henri de Bornier: “Every man has two countries, his own and France.”
Read more from Elaine Sciolino’s interview.
Have you always been a reader? When did you fall in love with reading?
I have always loved books. One of my earliest memories is of going to the local bookmobile: how the three steps up seemed so huge to me and how good it smelled when I got inside the cramped, dusty space crowded with books. I was too young to read but I could pick out books for myself and look through them on my own at home or have my mother or sisters read them to me. Once I started to read for myself, I always had books around me, next to my bed, piled on the kitchen counter, in my school bag—and I still live that way! I cannot imagine a day without reading or a home without books.
Read more from Nina Sankovitch’s interview.
Want to be seduced by the French? Want further proof on how reading can enrich a life? Enter this week’s contest.
TO ENTER: Leave a comment and tell us the name of your favorite nonfiction book (or your favorite of 2011).
CONTEST DETAILS: The prize is one copy of La Seduction and one copy of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair. Winner will be chosen by random.org from among entries received by 6 pm CST on July 1.
ETA: Congrats to our winner! Marybeth recently read Get Real: What Kind of World are YOU Buying?, which really got her thinking. She hopes “more YA’s will read this book and start to change the world in which we live.” Very cool, Marybeth!
Contest is now closed.