Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Nose: A Novel by James Conaway

Nose: A NovelNose: A Novel by James Conaway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is nothing more lovely than a good glass of wine shared with family and friends during a succulent meal. I am French; I was practically raised on wine. I am not one of those fancy critics or connoisseurs; I just enjoy wine for my own pleasure... keep it simple and affordable. I was so happy when I was selected to pre-read this book which will available in bookstores in March. The short description of the book made me curious and I kept my fingers crossed in hope to be selected... I was thrilled when I found out that I was.

James Conaway's writing style is sophisticated and educated. I enjoyed his beautiful phrasing and descriptions of people, places and events. One of the book praises described it as "A funny and suspenseful... and evocative story" (Tracy Kidder). I thought when I read this praise that the book would provide a few laughs... I am yet to find them. But that does not matter too much; the story remains well written and presented. I enjoyed the ecological nuggets planted here and there among the pages. A reminder that unless we are careful with nature, we might see it disappear too soon.

I think this book would be great for book clubs and would provide great discussions and maybe a few arguments. So pour yourself a good glass of wine, settle into your favorite chair and give this book a try. You might be surprised at how well this mixture works together.

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