Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

"It is a bit of a chiche to characterize life as a rambling journey on which we can alter our course at any given time...In that sense, life is less like a journey than it is a game of honeymoon bridge.  In our twenties, when there is still so much time ahead of us, time that seems ample for a hundred in decisions, for a hundred visions and revisions - we draw a card, and we must decide right then and there whether to keep that card and discard the next, or discard the first card and keep the second.  and before we know it, the deck has been played out and the decisions we have just made will shape our lives for decades to come."

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

"He promised to love me.  And for once in my life, I'm going to do the impractical, unwise, ill-advised thing.  I'm going to make a decision based upon the feeling I have in my heart, and not what looks good on paper or makes anyone else happy.  I'm going to do something for me, and I'll live with whatever Ciro brings into my life and be happy that I did."

This book was #9 on my top ten list of 2013.