Tolstoy and the Purple Chair

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Nina Sankovitch has always been a reader. As a child, she discovered that a trip to the local bookmobile with her sisters was more exhilarating than a ride at the carnival. Books were the glue that held her immigrant family together. When Nina's eldest sister died at the age of forty-six, Nina turned to books for comfort, escape, and introspection. In her beloved purple chair, she rediscovered the magic of such writers as Toni Morrison, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ian McEwan, Edith Wharton, and, of course, Leo Tolstoy. Through the connections Nina made with books and authors (and even other readers), her life changed profoundly, and in unexpected ways. Reading, it turns out, can be the ultimate therapy.

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair also tells the story of the Sankovitch family: Nina's father, who barely escaped death in Belarus during World War II; her four rambunctious children, who offer up their own book recommendations while helping out with the cooking and cleaning; and Anne-Marie, her oldest sister and idol, with whom Nina shared the pleasure of books, even in her last moments of life. In our lightning-paced culture that encourages us to seek more, bigger, and better things, Nina's daring journey shows how we can deepen the quality of our everyday lives—if we only find the time.


  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_01_Open

    Duración: 58s
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_02_Prologue

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  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_03_Chapter1

    Duración: 23min
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_04_Chapter2

    Duración: 25min
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_05_Chapter3

    Duración: 26min
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_06_Chapter4

    Duración: 12min
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_07_Chapter5

    Duración: 15min
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_08_Chapter6

    Duración: 23min
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_09_Chapter7

    Duración: 22min
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_10_Chapter8

    Duración: 20min
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_11_Chapter9

    Duración: 16min
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_12_Chapter10

    Duración: 19min
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_13_Chapter11

    Duración: 22min
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_14_Chapter12

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  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_15_Chapter13

    Duración: 15min
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_16_Chapter14

    Duración: 13min
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_17_Chapter15

    Duración: 12min
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_18_Chapter16

    Duración: 22min
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_19_Chapter17

    Duración: 17min
  • TolstoyandthePurpleChair_20_Chapter18

    Duración: 12min
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