Monday, January 12, 2009

My First Giveaway!

I did some bookshelf cleaning this weekend and found two books that are a) duplicates (i.e., we have multiple copies in our library) and b) new copies (one still with the receipt in it!). Instead of donating to the library or selling, I decided to host my first giveaway here and send them each to a new happy home.

The Books

Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner (softcover, new copy, mint condition)
The heart of this third-person narrative is Becky, an overweight but thoroughly appealing chef at a chic bistro. Married to an adoring doctor and living in a cozy row house, the warm, nurturing Becky ... she rushes to help another woman who collapses into sudden, crushing labor pains after a prenatal yoga class ... The woman whom Becky helps is Ayinde, the gorgeous wife of an NBA superstar. Picturesquely if improbably, she, Becky and another expectant mom, perky blonde Kelly (who was also at the fateful yoga class and lent a helping hand) become fast friends. Eventually, Lia, a beautiful young actress who has left Hollywood for her hometown of Philadelphia in the wake of a tragedy, joins the group. For much of the story, Weiner, a wonderful natural writer and storyteller, renders her characters and their messy, sometimes wrenching lives in details that resonate as the real deal. In the end, alas, she slips in a soapy Hollywood ending. Still, this is a rich portrayal of new motherhood and a fun ride. Weiner's readers will root for her to trust ever more her ability to float between comedy and pathos, leaving the shallows for true and surprising depths.
Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan (hardcover, mostly new copy, book jacket has a little shelf rash, excellent condition)
Tan delivers another highly entertaining novel, this one narrated from beyond the grave. San Francisco socialite and art-world doyenne Bibi Chen has planned the vacation of a lifetime along the notorious Burma Road for 12 of her dearest friends. Violently murdered days before takeoff, she's reduced to watching her friends bumble through their travels from the remove of the spirit world. Making the best of it, the 11 friends who aren't hung over depart their Myanmar resort on Christmas morning to boat across a misty lake—and vanish. The tourists find themselves trapped in jungle-covered mountains, held by a refugee tribe that believes Rupert, the group's surly teenager, is the reincarnation of their god Younger White Brother, come to save them from the unstable, militaristic Myanmar government. Tan's travelers, who range from a neurotic hypochondriac to the debonair, self-involved host of a show called The Fido Files, fight and flirt among themselves. While ensemble casting precludes the intimacy that characterizes Tan's mother-daughter stories, the book branches out with a broad plot and dynamic digressions. It's based on a true story, and Tan seems to be having fun with it, indulging in the wry, witty voice of Bibi while still exploring her signature questions of fate, connection, identity and family.
I'll confess that I didn't really like this book that much (don't ask how we got two), but I'm sure there is an Amy Tan fan out there who will.

The Rules

Comment here and tell me which book you would like to receive. You must include an email address or some other contact information (like a website where I can leave a comment), or I will delete the entry. Contest closes in two weeks, on January 26, at 7 pm (ish) California time. Two winners (one for each book) will be chosen at random. Contest is only open to those with US or Canadian addresses. (Sorry! But I am paying for shipping, and that's what I can afford.)

Good luck!

23 comments:

  1. I would love a chance to win Saving Fish From Drowning. Thanks
    rebecca.bradeen(at)verizon(dot)net

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  2. I'd like very much to read Saving Fish From Drowning,Please enter me, thank you.

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  3. little earthquakes sounds wonderful thanks for the giveaway minsthins(at)optonline(dot)net

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  4. i would like the amy tan book please.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

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  5. I would love to read Saving Fish From Drowning

    veeandloathing[at]gmail[dot]com, or http://fearandloathingny.blogspot.com/

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  6. I'd love to win Little EArthquakes!

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  7. Would love to win the Jennifer Weiner book! Thanks for hosting a giveway...what a great way to find new blogs.

    www.jasonandjeanette.blogspot.com

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  8. I would like Little Earthquakes. Thanks for the giveaway.

    kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. Little Earthquakes sounds good - thanks for the chance.

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  10. The Jennifer Weiner book is excellent. She is one of my favourite authors. I haven't read the Amy Tan book though so I would like to enter to win that one.

    stacie_vaughan@hotmail.com

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  11. I'd love to read Saving Fish From Drowning.
    Thanks!

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  12. Please enter me to win Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan - thanks!!

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  13. I would like Little Earthquakes. But they both sound great. I would take either. Thanks

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  14. What a great giveaway. I love both Weiner and Tan, so either one is fine with me!

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  15. I would like to enter to win Saving Fish From Drowning.

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  16. I would love to win Little Earthquakes-I keep looking at that book but haven't ever bought/read it & think I would really like to :)

    -Lucile

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  17. I'd like to read either one, but Saving Fish from Drowning is my first choice.

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  18. I would like to win Little Earthquakes. It sounds like a great read. Please enter me.
    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  19. "Saving Fish from Drowning", is the book I would like to receive; this sounds so good!!
    Happy First Give Away!
    Thanks so much,
    Darby
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

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  20. I would choose Little Earthquakes.

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  21. I would choose Little Earthquakes. Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway.

    dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

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  22. Saving Fish From Drowning would be the book I choose. Thanks for the chance to win!

    kellifrobinson2 AT gmail DOT com

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  23. No more posts! I'll announce the winners soon.

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