Tolstoy and the Purple Chair

Monday, July 25, 2011

Nina Sankovitch tells why she turned to books for comfort, escape, and introspection after her sister’s death at age 46. She rediscovered the magic of writers such as Toni Morrison, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ian McEwan, Edith Wharton, and Leo Tolstoy, and through the connections she made with books and authors (and even other readers), her life changed profoundly, and in unexpected ways. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair tells her family’s story and explains how reading became the ultimate therapy.


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Comments [6]

Bett from Arizona

if you don't have something nice to say.... keep it to yourself OR write a book-

Nov. 15 2011 08:17 PM
glor from Glen Ridge, NJ

What exactly was the point of this? I read books before and after my parents and my husband died and no one asked ME to talk about it on the radio. Demonstrate the "profound life change"-oh wait, that must have been the book contract. "Ultimate therapy?" Pretentiousness, with nothing to offer others.

Jul. 26 2011 11:53 AM
John from New York

There is nothing more profound than asking why we live and how we remember those we love. Thank you for the interview Julie. Sankovitch's book, Tolstoy and the Purple Chair, is worth reading for both answers and comfort.

Jul. 25 2011 03:16 PM

I love the maturity of these women talking. Julie you are a great guest host - thanks!

Jul. 25 2011 01:03 PM

How was this therapy? This was a mental illness.

Jul. 25 2011 12:55 PM
Lorraine Goldstein from Port Washington

Are you kidding? Who cares? She read a lot of books and her kids did chores. Hey! Let's write a book about it!

Jul. 25 2011 12:49 PM

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