Persephone Week

I’ve been looking forward to Persephone Week since I saw it on Paperback Reader‘s blog a month ago. It officially begins tomorrow, May 3, but I began last night by opening To Bed With Grand Music by Marghanita Laski.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish a few more on my shelf before the week ends.

Tucked between Dorothy Whipple’s Someone At a Distance and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich’s Lidia’s Italy is a present I bought for myself from Persephone on Mothering Sunday. I’ll open it on our Mother’s Day, but would you care to hazard a guess at the title?

Until then, expect lots of thoughts about Persephone books around the blog-o-sphere this week. What will you be reading for it?

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37 thoughts on “Persephone Week”

  1. I can't wait to read your thoughts on To Bed with Grand Music. It's a book that's been on my TBR list for awhile now. I don't think I'm going to participate in Persephone week this year but I hope to next year. Happy reading.

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  2. These are lovely books. I must look into gifting myself with some of those 🙂 And what a marvelous title – To Bed with Grand Music. Can't wait to hear what that's about!

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  3. I love this publisher but international costs are crazy. I really want one of their signature grey books with the bookmark. I bought Mariana at Barnes and Noble but it is not the gray version. I looked on Amazon and everything is out of stock. Did you buy yours from their website?

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  4. Hmmm, Little Boy Lost? It's going to drive me crazy so please open it soon!I'm planning on reading To Bed With Grand Music myself this week so I'm excited to have a reading partner.It would seem that you are not alone in starting your Persephone reading early…

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  5. I scrolled through the list of titles, but nothing jumped out at me, so I have no guess to offer. I'm not sure if I'll partake in Persephone Week, but if I do, I have just the book, thanks to a very dear friend! 🙂

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  6. I'll be sure to post on it as soon as I finish it. I love reading about the forties, or earlier, I love reading about how women lived and the choices they made.

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  7. Isn't it a wonderful title?! Although, it's starting off with a husband going off to war and the woman feeling quite dissatisfied with her life. Apparently, she has a string of affairs…but, I'm not there yet.

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  8. I've been looking forward to this week for a long time, Claire, and I'm so glad you're hosting it! Now that my Sunday visiting hours are over, and I'm back from my in-laws', I can start scouting out some posts.

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  9. Yes, I did buy them at the Persephone site, and the way the dollar is now (awful!) each book costs about $20.00 something. Still, I treasure them and only buy one at a time. When I hosted some ads on my blog I used that money to pay for a few book purchases, but now that I don't have ads I have to find the money elsewhere. Amazon should get some back in stock, and sometimes you can find the beautiful grey ones under 'used' that are in great shape. Good luck on your quest!

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  10. If you find a good recipe from your Persephone book, do share! I'll let you know what's under the pink tissue in a bit, but it's somewhat related to your present in terms of women's roles. 😉

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  11. I'm going to read a Persephone too but just haven't decided which one. I better make a choice soon, huh :)Hope you have fun and can't wait to see which book you got!

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  12. Choosing is the hardest part, isn't it? I'm wondering what your choices are…I only know that this week will feed the temptation for more, right?

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  13. I'll be reading Doreen by Barbara Noble. Two of my favorites from last year are on your shelf – The Home-Maker and Someone at a Distance. It's going to be a great week!

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  14. I loved the Home-Maker, JoAnn! It's one of those books I'll never, ever forget…her great unhappiness 'making the home' and her husband taking joy in it. It was such an ironic twist, with such good lessons for being happily married (find the role that suits one another best!).

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  15. Oooooh! I have a Marghanita Lahnski too!!! She sounds so wonderful 🙂 I have Little Boy Lost. I should totally read it this week. I didn't know it was Persephone Week. Their books all just look so beautiful. I haven't read any of them yet.

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  16. Chris, I'd love it if you'd join in Persephone week! I'd love to hear your thoughts on Marghanita Lahnski's work! Plus, a shameless reminder that the Japanese Literature Challenge 4 is going to start in June instead of July this year, due to some requests. I'll never forget you encouraging me to go ahead with the first, so I hope you'll have time to join in the fourth! xoxo

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  17. bookdepository.co.uk has lots of titles and free shipping. I'm going to try to remember to participate this week! I love the idea.

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  18. Thanks for the tip, Marie! Plus, I have my Christmas gift from you, The Making of A Marchioness, which I'm looking forward to reading. I've been saving it for now!

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  19. I see you have Greenery Street on your shelf. I just finished it last night. Quite enjoyed it. With any luck the review will appear later this week. In the meantime I kicked off Persephone week with High Wages by Whipple, which was fantastic and had some superficial likeness to my favorite Pesephone, The Home-maker.

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  20. Actually, my husband is the one who uses that cookbook, but everything he's made from it has been fantastic! How can you beat Italian cooking, right?!

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  21. The Home-Maker is my favorite, as well, Thomas. I saw on Claire's post today that you liked it best, and so I'm looking forward to Greenery Street as you enjoyed that, too.

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  22. One of these days I'll have to invest in some of the Persephone books. I love their design and so many of the books just sound great. It isn't in the cards now, but someday!

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  23. Have 5 lined up (now that is extremely optimistic, isn't it?) but am starting with Cheerful Weather for the Wedding. Loving the language so far. Have the same Whipple as you in the wings too. Happy reading!

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  24. Aren't they the best? I'd love a whole entire shelf of them, that's how greedy I can be! I'd also settle for just visiting the real shop in London.

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  25. Claire, from Paperback Reader said Verity (her co-host) will read one a day this week. One a day! I wish I could read that fast, but when I do the nuances escape me; I like to dwell in the novel for a little longer than 24 hours. Anyway, I hope we can get as many read as please us, and I've been wanting to read Cheerful Weather for The Wedding. What a perfect read for Spring!

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  26. Mmm.. yummy. I'm also reading To Bed With Grand Music this week, and possibly also Someone at a Distance.I'm guessing your present is Family Roundabout? 😀

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  27. I am going to pick one at random tonight as I am hoping to have finished my book group read on my lunch break and then have another part of The Passage to devour. Your pictures are stunning and am looking forward to seeing just what you read. I think I need to somehow get both the Laski books I have yet to read as I am a big fan.

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  28. Claire, I'm so sad that I'm only getting to one book this week so far! It's To Bed With Grand Music, as you are reading, and I surely hope I can finish a few more by the 9th! What's with this daytime job thing that I have, instead of reading? :)Oh, and the wrapped book is not Family Roundabout…

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  29. This is the first Lask book I've read and the only one I own. I'm so envious, Simon, that you can just pop into Persephone whenever you want; or at least don't have to pay shipping charges when you purchase one!

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  30. It's too bad this particular 'case' happens to be an armoire, and the books are hidden behind closed doors. Perhaps I should artfully arrange them and keep the doors open; that would be alluring. 😉

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  31. Oh, I visited recently between my most hectic evenings, and saw that one of your give-aways is Possession. I LOVE THAT BOOK! Someone is going to be very lucky! I'll stop by again, to leave more complete thoughts.

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