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by Erin Bedford (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jan 01, 2014On a grey day in a cemetery in Northern Ontario, Vee Tremblay stabs the point of a shovel into the earth where her husband was buried one year ago. Sh…more[close] On a grey day in a cemetery in Northern Ontario, Vee Tremblay stabs the point of a shovel into the earth where her husband was buried one year ago. She digs and digs. When the hole is wide and deep enough, she puts a cardboard box of mementos inside, the seams already sealed with packing tape, the top already labeled: THINGS TO HOLD ON TO.View Details »
In Toronto, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the day she buried her husband, Vee finds the box on her doorstep. Who would be cruel enough to dig it up and send it back to her so many years later?
The mystery is slowly revealed as Vee drifts in and out of memories--her childhood in the North during the 1950s and 1960s, her love affair with a charming Quebecois man, a family wrenched apart by pride, a loss that unhinged her--and her daughter, Lise, pieces together the puzzle of her mother’s past in an attempt not only to understand her mother's life, but also her own. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 12 - Mar 12, 20142 copies available, 598 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
China Dolls: A Novel
by Lisa See (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jun 03, 2014The New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls has garnered international acclaim for her…more[close] The New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghai Girls has garnered international acclaim for her great skill at rendering the intricate relationships of women and the complex meeting of history and fate. Now comes Lisa See’s highly anticipated new novel, China Dolls.View Details »
It’s 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade. The stunning Ruby Tom challenges the boundaries of convention at every turn with her defiant attitude and no-holds-barred ambition.
The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes. When their dark secrets are exposed and the invisible thread of fate binds them even tighter, they find the strength and resilience to reach for their dreams. But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 19 - Mar 12, 201475 copies available, 2642 people requestingCountries available: US
The Lullaby of Polish Girls: A Novel
by Dagmara Dominczyk
Release date: Feb 25, 2014ncludes an interview featuring Dagmara Dominczyk and Adriana Trigiani
A vibrant, engaging debut novel that follows the friendship of three women from t…more[close] ncludes an interview featuring Dagmara Dominczyk and Adriana TrigianiView Details »
A vibrant, engaging debut novel that follows the friendship of three women from their youthful days in Poland to their complicated, not-quite-successful adult lives
Because of her father’s role in the Solidarity movement, Anna and her parents immigrate to the United States in the 1980s as political refugees from Poland. They settle in Brooklyn among immigrants of every stripe, yet Anna never quite feels that she belongs. But then, the summer she turns twelve, she is sent back to Poland to visit her grandmother, and suddenly she experiences the shock of recognition. In her family’s hometown of Kielce, Anna develops intense friendships with two local girls—brash and beautiful Justyna and desperately awkward Kamila—and their bond is renewed every summer when Anna returns. The Lullaby of Polish Girls follows these three best friends from their early teenage years on the lookout for boys in Kielce—a town so rough its citizens are called “the switchblades”—to the loss of innocence that wrecks them, and the stunning murder that reaches across oceans to bring them back together after they’ve grown and long since left home.
Dagmara Dominczyk’s assured narrative flashes from the wild summers of the girls’ youth to their years of self-discovery in New York and Europe. Her writing is full of grit and guts, and her descriptions of the emotional experiences of her characters resonate with honesty. The Lullaby of Polish Girls captures the passion and drama of friendship, the immigrant’s yearning to be known, and the exquisite and wistful transformation of young women coming of age. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 27 - Mar 12, 201425 copies available, 718 people requestingCountries available: US
Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Law
by Michelle Granas (Goodreads Author)
Cordelia is a shy polio victim who lives a life of seclusion caring for her odd family in Warsaw until a chance encounter thrusts her into a struggle…more[close]View Details »
Cordelia is a shy polio victim who lives a life of seclusion caring for her odd family in Warsaw until a chance encounter thrusts her into a struggle against political corruption and covert activities. Zaremba, a wealthy businessman, is fleeing arrest - unjust arrest, he says - when he pauses in his flight to save the life of Cordelia's father. Cordelia's reluctant decision to help Zaremba as he then schemes to turn the tables on the authorities plunges her into new realms of experience. But it is only when he disappears that she has to gather all her courage and pursue the truth.
Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Law is both a love story and a topical description of the temptations faced by democracies. (The CIA had a black site in Poland.) It is also an upbeat book for people who enjoy language, conversation, and human relationships. In spite of the serious human rights motifs, the tone is light and humorous; the family relations are kind; and the heroine is very aware of the moral aspects of her situation. There is no graphic sex or violence.
'I hugely enjoyed reading this novel, I was constantly worried about the protagonists, I was anxious about their well-being, and I kept thinking: "oh, please, let this end well"…. perhaps this is already the post-post-postmodern era, and it’s possible again to write romantic-adventurous, let’s-fight-for-the-truth stories – seriously, and entertainingly.' - Beatrix Turán, Books, My Ego and Entropy
'At the heart of the novel is a beautifully crafted love story made all the more endearing for its seemingly mismatched protagonists…highly entertaining…very original' - Mary Bor, Curious Book Fans
'I would recommend making time for this book. Once you start it you will be lost in Poland…it will appeal to readers who love the more classic type of novel, where character development and location are a huge portion of the writing. Though this is a modern novel it reminded me of the feeling I had reading Jane Eyre and Emma. I highly recommend this book.' - Cristina Gutierrez, Alaskan Book Café
'Though essentially a story of politics played dirty, of corruption in high places, of the abuse of power, if like me you aren't a huge fan of this genre please don't dismiss this quirky novel out of hand as Zaremba has much more to offer…Cordelia is the most unusual action heroine ever…' - Tracy Terry, Pen and Paper
by James Eddy (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jan 18, 2014James Eddy's spellbinding collection of short stories, circles the lives of Scott Drake, a British singer-songwriter, and Rebecca, the passionate, int…more[close] James Eddy's spellbinding collection of short stories, circles the lives of Scott Drake, a British singer-songwriter, and Rebecca, the passionate, intelligent young woman he had once loved and may yet love again. The revelation of both their shared and individual pasts is only the beginning of a story that features the contributions of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. A man lost in love, a compulsive young thief, a single mother in the twilight of her youth, and a middle-aged man grieving the death of his mother and his lost dreams, all form the foreground and background to the larger story; of love lost, delayed and denied.View Details »
We first meet Scott in his early twenties, running away from his guilt at the death of a friend by trying to help another. Five years on, he has found success as a musician but his feelings have changed very little; there is the same guilt as before, along with even more that has been piled on top of it, while his ability to self-destruct has not been diminished by the years. We learn the causes of these things and the sadness that can come with survival.
We meet Rebecca at the moment she decides that she has to take a chance to see Scott again - at one of his gigs she finds a way backstage to meet him, her name opening doors in ways she hadn’t expected. We then encounter her aunt, Lily, and cousin, Diane, as circumstances envelope them all and place further obstacles into the path of her and Scott.
Written in an array of styles and tones ranging from tragedy to surrealism to poetry, Diamonds is a book about the interplay of love and death, about survival, and about how hope can be nourished and set into motion by even the smallest of words and gestures. [close]
by Chris Impey (Goodreads Author)
McEvoy is a truth-seeker. He has moments when he sees through the surface sheen of the world to a deeper reality, and moments when his…more[close] AUTOGRAPHED COPYView Details »
McEvoy is a truth-seeker. He has moments when he sees through the surface sheen of the world to a deeper reality, and moments when his sense of self dissolves. The Scotsman is restless, a wanderer. He flings himself into new relationships even as he flees family secrets. In the novel Shadow World we see through McEvoy’s eyes as he travels to the ends of the Earth and grows from a boisterous youth to a man defined by darkness and light. We meet his demons and his lovers. Shadow World inhabits the boundary between narrative fiction and science fiction. It’s populated with larger than life characters and filled with insights from current science. By the end of McEvoy’s twenty-year odyssey he has gained a startling insight into his reality, and perhaps ours as well.
Shadow World is a first novel by the noted popular science writer Chris Impey, award-winning educator and astronomy researcher, and author of seven popular science books.
*Published on October 28, 2013. [close]
The World Without You
by Joshua Henkin (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jan 01, 2014It's July 4, 2005, and the Frankel family is descending upon their beloved summer home in the Berkshires. They have gathered to memorialize Leo, the y…more[close] It's July 4, 2005, and the Frankel family is descending upon their beloved summer home in the Berkshires. They have gathered to memorialize Leo, the youngest of the four siblings and an intrepid journalist killed on that day in 2004, while on assignment in Iraq. But Leo’s parents are adrift in a grief that’s tearing apart their forty-year marriage, his sisters are struggling with their own difficulties, and his widow has arrived from California bearing a secret. Here award-winning writer Joshua Henkin unfolds this family story, as, over the course of three days, the Frankels contend with sibling rivalries and marital feuds, with volatile women and silent men — and, ultimately, with the true meaning of family.View Details »
"A wonderful novel... I just love it"--Anne Lamott, Miami Herald
"Insightful... poignant... elegant"--The New York Times Book Review
"Tenderness spills from these pages--Entertainment Weekly
"A densely detailed and touching portrait"--People
"Gorgeously Written"--The Boston Globe
"Witty, poignant, and heartfelt"--Gary Shteyngart
"An immeasurably moving masterpiece"--Heidi Julavits
"A less chilly variation on Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections.... Intelligently written."--Publishers Weekly (starred/boxed review)
“Few American novelists, living or dead, have ever been as good as Henkin at drawing people.”—Commentary Magazine
Joshua Henkin (http://www.joshuahenkin.com) is the author of the novels Matrimony, a New York Times Notable Book, and Swimming Across the Hudson, a Los Angeles Times Notable Book. His new novel, The World Without You, will be out in paperback from Vintage Books on April 9. It has been named an Editors' Choice Book by The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune and is the winner of the 2012 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish American Fiction and a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. His short stories have been published widely, cited for distinction in Best American Short Stories, and broadcast on NPR's "Selected Shorts." He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and directs the MFA program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College.
[close]Giveaway dates: Mar 07 - Mar 13, 20141 copy available, 206 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
by Rebecca Rasmussen (Goodreads Author)
From the celebrated author of The Bird Sisters, a gorgeously rendered and emotionally charged novel that spans generations, telling the story of two s…more[close] From the celebrated author of The Bird Sisters, a gorgeously rendered and emotionally charged novel that spans generations, telling the story of two siblings, raised apart, attempting to share a life.View Details »
It is 1938 when Eveline, a young bride, follows her husband into the wilderness of Minnesota. Though their cabin is rundown, they have a river full of fish, a garden out back, and a new baby boy named Hux. But when Emil leaves to take care of his sick father, the unthinkable happens: a stranger arrives, and Eveline becomes pregnant. She gives the child away, and while Hux grows up hunting and fishing in the woods with his parents, his sister, Naamah, is raised an orphan. Years later, haunted by the knowledge of this forsaken girl, Hux decides to find his sister and bring her home to the cabin. But Naamah, even wilder than the wilderness that surrounds them, may make it impossible for Hux to ever tame her, to ever make up for all that she, and they, have lost. Set before a backdrop of vanishing forest, this is a luminous novel of love, regret, and hope. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 04 - Mar 15, 201410 copies available, 997 people requestingCountries available: US
Twilight of the Wolves
by Edward J. Rathke (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Mar 28, 2014Twilight of the Wolves is an epic fantasy following a man cursed by a dying god's blessing, a mute eunuch carrying the dead to the Goddess of Death, a…more[close] Twilight of the Wolves is an epic fantasy following a man cursed by a dying god's blessing, a mute eunuch carrying the dead to the Goddess of Death, and a young girl saved from a burning metropolis only to be raised by the cursed man and two wolf gods. These three lives intersect and become bound together as they walk with gods, watch them die, and hide from the terror that is humanity's lust for violence and destruction. Wandering across countries and cultures, the characters discover the cacophony and contradiction of visions and values that define humanity. They see the collision of cultures highlighting the definitions of civilization and try to find their place within and without them. The past, present, and future haunt the people of this world as they wander on, hoping to find an answer to the questions buried deepest. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Jan 29 - Mar 15, 20141 copy available, 263 people requestingCountries available: US
by Malcolm Brooks
Release date: Aug 05, 2014“Reminiscent of the fiery, lyrical and animated spirit of Cormac McCarthy’s Borderlands trilogy, and the wisdom and elegance of Wallace Stegner’s Angl…more[close] “Reminiscent of the fiery, lyrical and animated spirit of Cormac McCarthy’s Borderlands trilogy, and the wisdom and elegance of Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose, Painted Horses is its own work, a big, old-fashioned and important novel.” —Rick Bass, author of All the Land to Hold UsView Details »
In the mid-1950s, America was flush with prosperity and saw an unbroken line of progress clear to the horizon, while the West was still very much wild. In this ambitious, incandescent debut, Malcolm Brooks animates that time and rugged landscape in a richly textured, sweeping tale of the modern and the ancient, of love and fate, and of heritage threatened by progress.
Catherine Lemay is a young archaeologist on her way to Montana, with a huge task before her—a canyon “as deep as the devil’s own appetites.” Working ahead of a major dam project, she has one summer to prove nothing of historical value will be lost in the flood. From the moment she arrives, nothing is familiar—the vastness of the canyon itself mocks the contained, artifact-rich digs in post-Blitz London where she cut her teeth. And then there’s John H, a former mustanger and veteran of the U.S. Army’s last mounted cavalry campaign, living a fugitive life in the canyon. John H inspires Catherine to see beauty in the stark landscape, and her heart opens to more than the vanished past.
Reminiscent of the work of Wallace Stegner, Thomas McGuane, and Annie Proulx, Painted Horses sends a dauntless young woman on a heroic quest, sings a love song to the horseman’s vanishing way of life, and reminds us that love and ambition, tradition and the future often make strange bedfellows. It establishes Malcolm Brooks as an extraordinary new talent. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 08 - Mar 15, 201420 copies available, 585 people requestingCountries available: US
Within a Man's Heart
by Tom Winton (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Mar 16, 2014
***Win a paperback SIGNED by bestselling author Tom Winton***
Four years after burying his young wife, New York sales executive Christian Crews still c…more[close]View Details »
***Win a paperback SIGNED by bestselling author Tom Winton***
Four years after burying his young wife, New York sales executive Christian Crews still can't move forward with his life. Day after day, treasured memories of his beloved Elyse continue to drift through his spirit like an endless procession of mournful ghosts.
Chris wants to leave Manhattan--walk away from his job and the apartment he and Elyse once shared. He dreams of moving to New Hampshire, where he feels he just might have a chance of finding peace. But in his grieving mind, breaking away from those memories would be the same as abandoning Elyse--an unforgivable act of betrayal he could never live with.
Then, on the fourth anniversary of Elyse's death, Chris makes two shocking discoveries, and a part of him begins to believe that she would want him to go on with his life.
Two weeks later he makes the move to New Hampshire, and minutes after arriving in the small rural village of Mountain Step, he meets a beautiful local woman with mesmerizing gray eyes and a heart as big as the surrounding mountains. Beginning another emotional relationship may be the last thing on Chris's mind, but he soon finds himself falling for Gina Elkin, every bit as hard as she's fallen for him.
Could there be a future for them? Will Elyse allow it? After all, she's still deep within Chris's heart--a place no one else has ever been.
Just like all the rest of Tom Winton's best-selling books, every page of his new novella, Within a Man's Heart, is packed with intrigue and emotion [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 16 - Mar 15, 20143 copies available, 271 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
The Other Language
by Francesca Marciano (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Apr 08, 2014Enter to win an advance finished copy of Francesca Marciano's newest short story collection, THE OTHER LANGUAGE.
Jhumpa Lahiri calls the collection: “A…more[close] Enter to win an advance finished copy of Francesca Marciano's newest short story collection, THE OTHER LANGUAGE.View Details »
Jhumpa Lahiri calls the collection: “Astonishing...The Other Language is a vision of geography as it grounds us, as it shatters us, as it transforms the soul.” [close]Giveaway dates: Mar 01 - Mar 15, 201415 copies available, 220 people requestingCountries available: US
Safe with Me
by Amy Hatvany (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Mar 04, 2014The screech of tires brought Hannah Scott’s world as she knew it to a devastating end. A year after she signed the papers to donate her daughter’s org…more[close] The screech of tires brought Hannah Scott’s world as she knew it to a devastating end. A year after she signed the papers to donate her daughter’s organs, Hannah is still reeling with grief when she unexpectedly stumbles into the life of the Bell family, whose fifteen-year-old daughter, Maddie, survived only because Hannah’s daughter had died. Mesmerized by this fragile connection to her own daughter and afraid to reveal who she actually is, Hannah develops a surprising friendship with Maddie’s mother, Olivia.View Details »
The Bells, however, have problems of their own. Once on the verge of leaving her wealthy but abusive husband, Olivia now finds herself bound to him in the wake of the transplant that saved their daughter’s life. Meanwhile, Maddie, tired of the limits her poor health puts upon her and fearful of her father’s increasing rage, regularly escapes into the one place where she can be anyone she wants: the Internet. But when she is finally healthy enough to return to school, the real world proves to be just as complicated as the isolated bubble she had been so eager to escape.
A masterful narrative shaped by nuanced characters whose delicate bonds are on a collision course with the truth, Safe with Me is a riveting triumph. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.biz/Saf... [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 17 - Mar 17, 201420 copies available, 1106 people requestingCountries available: US
by Éric Faye, Emily Boyce
Release date: Apr 14, 2014We're giving away five copies of Éric Faye's award-winning novel Nagasaki in advance of UK publication.
In a house on a suburban street in Nagasaki, me…more[close] We're giving away five copies of Éric Faye's award-winning novel Nagasaki in advance of UK publication.View Details »
In a house on a suburban street in Nagasaki, meteorologist Shimura Kobo lives quietly on his own. Or so he believes.
Food begins to go missing. Perturbed by this threat to his orderly life, Shimura sets up a webcam to monitor his home. But though eager to identify his intruder, is Shimura really prepared for what the camera will reveal?
Based on real-life events, this prize‐winning novel is a moving tale of alienation in the modern world. [close]Giveaway dates: Mar 03 - Mar 17, 20145 copies available, 116 people requestingCountries available: GB
by Joseph J. Gabriele (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 09, 2014Signed Review Copy!
In a beguiling tale of deception and murder, desire and theft, seduction and betrayal—where nothing is what it appears to be—a man…more[close] Signed Review Copy!View Details »
In a beguiling tale of deception and murder, desire and theft, seduction and betrayal—where nothing is what it appears to be—a man is murdered and an iconic musical instrument is stolen during a gathering at Eliot Sexton’s Park Avenue apartment. The stolen item—an object of desire worshipped by millions—is the key to solving the crime, or so the detective brought in to investigate believes. The murder, however, is not nearly as straightforward as it seems—nor is the theft.
Though the island of Manhattan presents no shortage of suspects—many of them capable of killing to satisfy their appetites—Eliot, a young economic historian and writer, soon becomes the prime suspect. As he draws closer to the truth behind the theft and murder, he also becomes the killer’s next target.
Irreverent, provocative, and utterly unpredictable, Dangerous Illusions is a weeklong polyrhythmic journey into contemporary New York that will keep readers guessing right up to its thrilling conclusion. [close]
The Tragic Fate of Moritz Tot
by Dana Todorovic (Goodreads Author)
An existential, kafkaesque tale combining philosophical dialogue with mystery/thriller elements.
Shortlisted in 2008 for the Serbian Academy of Scienc…more[close] An existential, kafkaesque tale combining philosophical dialogue with mystery/thriller elements.View Details »
Shortlisted in 2008 for the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts novel of the year award (Branko Copic).
Translated from the Serbian language.
For additional details and a plot description, please visit the book's Goodreads page. [close]
Light Shining In The Forest
by Paul Torday
Release date: Apr 01, 2014From the author of "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" comes a dark tale about a failing politician and the search for two missing children.
Norman Stokoe ha…more[close] From the author of "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" comes a dark tale about a failing politician and the search for two missing children.View Details »
Norman Stokoe has just been appointed Children's Czar by the new government. He sells his place and moves up north to take up the position. However before his first salary check has even hit his bank account, new priorities are set for the government department for which he works. The Children's Czar network is put on hold, but it is too late to reverse the decision to employ Norman. So he is given a P.A. and a spacious office. He settles down in his new leather chair behind his new desk, to wait for the green light to begin his mission.
The green light never comes. What does happen is that two children go missing. As Children's Czar, surely this case should fall within his remit, but Norman has built a career on doing nothing, on stamping pieces of paper with "send to the relevant department." Now, faced with a campaigning journalist and a distraught mother, he is forced to become involved. The search will take him to dark places and will make him ask questions about the system he is supposed to uphold.
[close]Giveaway dates: Mar 05 - Mar 19, 201420 copies available, 421 people requestingCountries available: US
The Scent of Pine
by Lara Vapnyar
Release date: Jan 07, 2014This is a finished book giveaway.
Scent of Pine
In her newest novel, award-winning author Lara Vapnyar—“a talented writer, possessed of an ample humor…more[close] This is a finished book giveaway.View Details »
Scent of Pine
In her newest novel, award-winning author Lara Vapnyar—“a talented writer, possessed of an ample humor and insight and a humane sensibility” (The New York Times Book Review)—tells a provocative tale of sexual awakening, youthful romanticism, and the relentless search for love.
Though only thirty-eight, Lena finds herself in the grips of a midlife crisis. She feels lost in her adoptive country, her career is at a dead end, and her marriage has tumbled into a spiral of apathy and distrust—it seems impossible she will ever find happiness again. But then she strikes up a precarious friendship with Ben, a failed artist turned reluctant academic, who is just as lost as she is. They soon surprise themselves by embarking on an impulsive weekend adventure, uncharacteristically leaving their middle-aged responsibilities behind. [close]Giveaway dates: Mar 05 - Mar 21, 201410 copies available, 319 people requestingCountries available: US
The Land of Steady Habits: A Novel
by Ted Thompson (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Mar 25, 2014Coming of age can happen at the strangest times. For Anders Hill, long ensconced in "the land of steady habits"-the affluent hamlets of Connecticut th…more[close] Coming of age can happen at the strangest times. For Anders Hill, long ensconced in "the land of steady habits"-the affluent hamlets of Connecticut that dot the commuter rail line-it's finally time to reap the rewards of a sensible life. Into his sixties and newly retired, his grown sons' college tuitions paid in full, Anders finds the contentment he's been promised is still just out of reach. So he decides he's had enough of steady habits: he leaves his wife, buys a condo, and waits for freedom to transform him.View Details »
But as the cheery charade of Christmas approaches, Anders starts to wonder if maybe parachuting from his life was not the most prudent choice. Stripped of the comforts of his previous identity, he turns up at a holiday party full of his ex-wife's friends, and sets in motion a series of events by turns comic and catastrophic. Before the year has turned, he has to face the startling possibility that the very world he rejected may in fact be the only one he needs.
Charting the arc of a forty-year marriage this finely observed novel about a man deep in conflict with his community and his past brings into sharp relief the powers of memory, miscommunication, routine, and disappointment to shape and define a family's mythology. The Land of Steady Habits introduces Ted Thompson as an auspicious talent with striking compassion for his characters and new insight into the American tradition of the suburban narrative.
*Winners will receive an ARC* [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 18 - Mar 24, 20145 copies available, 368 people requestingCountries available: US
2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas
by Marie-Helene Bertino (Goodreads Author), Elizabeth Nyland
Release date: Aug 05, 2014**Enter to win 1 of 25 advanced reader's copies of 2 A.M. AT THE CAT'S PAJAMAS, a sparkling debut novel featuring three unforgettable characters and t…more[close] **Enter to win 1 of 25 advanced reader's copies of 2 A.M. AT THE CAT'S PAJAMAS, a sparkling debut novel featuring three unforgettable characters and their unlikely connection.**View Details »
Madeline Altimari, a smart-mouthed, precocious nine year old, is an aspiring jazz singer mourning the death of her mother, and on the morning of Christmas Eve Eve, she is about to have the most extraordinary day of her life. After facing down mean-spirited classmates and rejection at school, she is determined to find Philadelphia's legendary jazz club The Cat's Pajamas, where she will make her debut. On the same day, Madeline's fifth grade teacher Sarina Greene, who has moved back to Philly after a divorce, is nervously looking forward to a dinner party that will reunite her with her high school love. And across town at the Cat's Pajamas, club owner Lorca discovers that his beloved haunt may have to close forever by the end of the night. As these three lost souls search for love, music and hope on the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia, they discover the possibility that their lives could change in one magical moment.
A vivacious, charming and completely unique debut, 2 A.M. AT THE CAT'S PAJAMAS promises to become must-read of the summer. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 24 - Mar 24, 201425 copies available, 125 people requestingCountries available: US
by Carolyn Holm (Goodreads Author)
In this warm and humorous story of mothers, daughters and absent fathers, young Honey Barkin leaves her unconventional family determined to live an in…more[close] In this warm and humorous story of mothers, daughters and absent fathers, young Honey Barkin leaves her unconventional family determined to live an independent life, but a few careless choices later finds herself all too alone on the gritty streets of Los Angeles. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Mar 10 - Mar 24, 20145 copies available, 104 people requestingCountries available: US
The Lobster Kings
by Alexi Zentner (Goodreads Author)
Release date: May 27, 2014“Alexi Zentner is one of the greatest literary architects and mythmakers working today.”—Téa Obreht
From the internationally acclaimed author of Touch,…more[close] “Alexi Zentner is one of the greatest literary architects and mythmakers working today.”—Téa ObrehtView Details »
From the internationally acclaimed author of Touch, praised as "breathtaking" (People) and "lovely…at once dreamy and riveting" (Washington Post), comes a powerful family saga steeped in the legends of the sea. Set in a lobster fishing village, The Lobster Kings introduces a fiery and unforgettable heroine, Cordelia Kings.
The Kings family has lived on Loosewood Island for three hundred years, blessed with the bounty of the sea. But for the Kings, this blessing comes with a curse: the loss of every firstborn son. Now, Woody Kings, the leader of the island’s lobster fishing community and the family patriarch, teeters on the throne, and Cordelia, the oldest of Woody’s three daughters, stands to inherit the crown. To do so, however, she must defend her island from meth dealers from the mainland while navigating sibling rivalry and the vulnerable nature of her own heart when she falls in love with her sternman.
Inspired by King Lear, The Lobster Kings is the story of Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life in the face of danger from offshore and the rich, looming, mythical legacy of her family’s namesake. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 26 - Mar 26, 201436 copies available, 543 people requestingCountries available: US
Epoch Awakening (Epoch, #1)
by Jeffrey Panzer (Goodreads Author)
Winners will receive an autographed copy of Epoch Awakening.
Only by Letting Go of Yourself Will You Become Who You Are
New York, 2050:…more[close] Winners will receive an autographed copy of Epoch Awakening.View Details »
Only by Letting Go of Yourself Will You Become Who You Are
New York, 2050: Daniel is enmeshed in a world in which he does not belong, which he finds loathsome, intolerable. Orphaned as a young child, he has in his 23 years never known family or friendship. The City lies in the secure grip of the IDSC, a draconian organization charged with the security and stability of the United States. This fact, ever present, undeniable, seems far removed from a man who lacks not just a sense of community but a sense of self as well. And he is plagued by nightmares, which he cannot understand yet nonetheless push him toward the unknown, the darkness of all that may be.
After meeting a beautiful woman named Alena and her father Thorin, he and Thorin leave The City, set on a mysterious destination known simply as The Centre. The journey traces not only Daniel's path away from New York but also the incremental revelation of his past and true self, bringing closer the actuality of where he has come from, what he is, and what he is destined to become.
24 years earlier, Peter, Andrew, and a younger Thorin leave The Bay, set on a historic gathering in Philadelphia, which unbeknownst to them will initiate events that will change their lives, alter the very reality to which they've been accustomed, forever.
Along the way they are joined by Edith, a thoughtful, Kind girl from Salt Lake City, and meet Jonathan, a mysterious man with a taste for good cognac and good times with Friends.
The situation in Philadelphia, however, is not what they expect, and soon all turns to chaos, from which the friends emerge changed, each set on different ends. Andrew enlists with a man called Michael, chairman of an enigmatic organization known simply as IDSC. Thorin leaves to stay with his fiancée in Washington D.C. Edith returns to her now seemingly boring life in Salt Lake. Peter... Peter returns to San Francisco, alone and disillusioned.
What none of them realize, what they would never suspect, is that they are already being moved by an intricate plan, a device of Fate and the vision of one who would change the nature of the U.S. and the world itself. When they are at last brought back together, the results are catastrophic, shaking their world to the core.
Epoch Awakening is the first chapter in an epic tale of political upheaval, personal growth and discovery, and the burgeoning Spirit that will mark the New Age of this world. Among its lines is found an in-depth discussion and development of freedom, friendship, identity, and the significance of the stories we all read, write, and live every day.
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by Michael Gilbert (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Dec 12, 2014***Signed Copy***
Sometimes small towns harbor the most sinister secrets. A chance meeting at a café reunites Franki with her old high school classmate…more[close] ***Signed Copy***View Details »
Sometimes small towns harbor the most sinister secrets. A chance meeting at a café reunites Franki with her old high school classmate, Eli, who has returned to their hometown. Franki is urged by her friend, Ryah, to overcome her bashfulness and pursue him. But Ryah has plans of her own. The beautiful and seductive Ryah can have any man that she wants, but forbidden pleasure excites her, so she targets Eli. Ryah is also having an affair with Bo, the local detective. He visits her, despite being involved with the emotionally damaged Scarlett, whose secret past threatens to ignite a series of events that could destroy everyone. Narrated through six different perspectives, Perfected Sinfulness exposes the dangerous nature of interpersonal relationships when narcissism and manipulation become the primary modes of interaction. Suspicion and dishonesty contaminate relationships as everyone pursues their own interests. The ensuing aftermath guarantees no one will escape unharmed. [close]
The Ghosts of Smyrna
by Loren Edizel (Goodreads Author)
Aya Katerina, a neighbourhood in Ottoman Smyrna at the end of World War I. Through the eyes of Niko "the Orphan"—his Armenian father was taken away by…more[close]View Details »
Aya Katerina, a neighbourhood in Ottoman Smyrna at the end of World War I. Through the eyes of Niko "the Orphan"—his Armenian father was taken away by the soldiers—we see this close world going about its traditional ways. But dark clouds loom in the near distance. We meet Elena, Niko’s aunt and talented artist; his idiosyncratic uncle Polycarp, wiser than he pretends; Manolis the Greek doctor who loves her; Nazım the Turkish journalist who also loves her; Niko’s grandmother who holds the family together; and an assortment of neighbours of all backgrounds. As the War draws to a close, all these people await their fates as the Greek armies invade from the west and are fought back by the forces of Ataturk from the east. A story of love under impossible circumstances and a novel about growing up, this is also an account about a people, a neighbourhood, and a legendary city caught up by forces beyond their control. Aya Katerina goes up in smoke. Quiet and understated, colourful and intensely moving, this is a memorial to a charmed city now lost.
"An absorbing read. The Ghosts of Smyrna is a wonderful foray into cultural history, a masterful interweaving of large-scale political events and the minute particulars of daily life."
—Morris Berman, author of Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire
"This is a moving and eloquent testament to a lost city and its people and, above all, to the lost connections that give form and shape to life."
-Carole Giangrande, author of A Gardener on the Moon [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 27 - Mar 27, 201420 copies available, 307 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
by Helen Dunmore
Release date: Apr 01, 2014From the award-winning author of The Siege, Helen Dunmore, comes The Lie, a spellbinding tale of love, remembrance, and deception, set against the bac…more[close] From the award-winning author of The Siege, Helen Dunmore, comes The Lie, a spellbinding tale of love, remembrance, and deception, set against the backdrop of World War I.View Details »
Cornwall, 1920. Daniel Branwell has survived the First World War and returned to the small fishing town where he was born. Behind him are the trenches and the most intense relationship of his life. As he works on the land, struggling to make a living in the aftermath of war, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the traumas of the past and memories of his dearest friend and his first love. As the drama unfolds, Daniel is haunted by the terrible, unforeseen consequences of a lie. Set in France during the First World War and in postwar Cornwall, this is a deeply moving and mesmerizing story of the “men who marched away.”
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The Sun and Other Stars
by Brigid Pasulka (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 04, 2014This is a finished book giveaway
THE SUN AND OTHER STARS: A NOVEL
After losing his brother and mother within a year, twenty-two-year-old Etto finds hims…more[close] This is a finished book giveawayView Details »
THE SUN AND OTHER STARS: A NOVEL
After losing his brother and mother within a year, twenty-two-year-old Etto finds himself adrift in his hometown, where every man’s life revolves around soccer, except for his. Frustrated and lonely, Etto is faced with the seemingly impossible prospect of cobbling together the remaining pieces of his life, including his mostly nonexistent relationship with his father, the town butcher.
Things begin to change for Etto when Yuri Fil, a scandal-ridden Ukrainian soccer star and his tough-love sister, Zhuki, arrive in town, and sweep him into their universe of soccer, celebrity, laughter, and fierce loyalty. Under their influence, Etto begins to reconstruct his relationship with his father and learns a few life lessons: that perhaps the game of soccer isn’t just a waste of time—and that San Benedetto, his father, love, and life itself might have more to offer him than he ever believed possible. [close]Giveaway dates: Mar 07 - Mar 28, 201410 copies available, 370 people requestingCountries available: US
Queen of the Court
by Melanie Howard (Goodreads Author)
If you loved the movie Bridesmaids, you'll love Queen of the Court, a witty novel about women's lives, the country club lifestyle and our reality show…more[close] If you loved the movie Bridesmaids, you'll love Queen of the Court, a witty novel about women's lives, the country club lifestyle and our reality show culture.View Details »
Ex-stripper Shana Lee Jones thinks she's finally left her disreputable past behind when she convinces her wealthy husband, former outlaw biker Wayne Jones, to bail out bankrupt Belle Vista Country Club. To the horror of its elite members, Shana arrives on the club's historic grounds with a TV crew in tow, and begins filming her very own tennis reality show, Queen of the Court.
As the cameras capture humiliating episodes ranging from wardrobe malfunctions to on-court cat fights, ladies' tennis team captain Allie Beech becomes desperate to take back "her" club before Queen of the Court ruins her husband's political ambitions. She launches a relentless public campaign to ostracize the sincere but hopelessly tacky Shana, while privately delving into the disappearance of heiress Pippa Edgemoor, whose trust fund could free Belle Vista from the Joneses.
But Allie doesn't realize that her investigation could reveal unsavory secrets long hidden by the pedigreed denizens of Belle Vista, including her own mother. Shana, meanwhile, discovers there are parts of your past you can't outrun, especially in four-inch heels. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 17 - Mar 30, 20142 copies available, 185 people requestingCountries available: US, CA, and GB
by Robert Allan Richardson (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jan 13, 2014The place that provides the setting for MORNING SONGS is central to the lives of two of its characters, Esther and Toby Sutherland, and it is a place…more[close] The place that provides the setting for MORNING SONGS is central to the lives of two of its characters, Esther and Toby Sutherland, and it is a place that draws their son Ned back to it many times. Like the family itself, it continues to be a source of affection, disaffection and perplexity for him as he departs from it and returns to it over the years. The novel's title is derived from a passage in "Fern Hill" by Dylan Thomas, a poem that celebrates a youngster's joy in the experiences of country life. The novel recalls such joys but recounts as well the troubled circumstances from which such green and golden moments often must arise. Rob DeWalt, in his review for the SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN of the collection of stories in which a shorter version of MORNING SONGS first appeared, said of it: Robert Allan Richardson was raised in Iowa's fertile corn country and worked as a dairy association field man and as a carpenter in Wisconsin and Illinois. He is well versed in the language and the ways of rural America, and he uses them to memorable effect. His tales, set in the mid-and late-20th century, combine the joys and hardships of farm life, the politics of the day, and the advancement of agricultural technology. Richardson captures the Iowa landscape with strong sensual descriptions while exploring parent-child bonds from multiple emotional angles. Through his characters, the author lays bare various struggles, conflicts, desires, and reconciliations that occur within all families and romantic relationships, using the beauty of the natural world as his stage. A shorter version of MORNING SONGS, then called "The Singer But Not the Song" was first published in PROMPTINGS OF NECESSITY, a work that is no longer in print. Two new chapters have been added for this edition, which also includes a selection from its sequel, ANOTHER MUSIC, a novel that extends and deepens the story of the Sutherlands. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Feb 05 - Mar 31, 201412 copies available, 239 people requestingCountries available: US
Man Alive!: A Novel
by Mary Kay Zuravleff (Goodreads Author)
Signed, first edition hardcover of Mary Kay Zuravleff's Man Alive!
Chosen as a 2013 Notable Book by the Washington Post, which called it "a family nove…more[close] Signed, first edition hardcover of Mary Kay Zuravleff's Man Alive!View Details »
Chosen as a 2013 Notable Book by the Washington Post, which called it "a family novel for smart people."
“There's nothing like a lightning strike to make you reasses your life, as Owen Lerner and his wife and kids learn the up-close-and-personal way. Novelist Mary Kay Zuravleff dissects family life with great heart and rapier wit.” —Parade
“Random happens, as Mary Kay Zuravleff ably demonstrates in this witty and engaging novel about a psychiatrist struck by lightning. Man Alive! chronicles the tensions and resentments that pull a family apart in the wake of a freak accident, and the lingering affections and connections that ultimately keep them together.” —Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers and Little Children
“A lightning bolt to a parking meter certainly packs a punch, but so does every sentence and scene of this exuberant novel. Mary Kay Zuravleff writes so well—with such wit and compassion and wry intelligence—that she can make the daily, domestic life that follows Owen Lerner’s encounter with the transcendent as electrifying as the lightning strike itself. . . . Man Alive! is vividly alive and breathing. A sparkling book.” —Alice McDermott, National Book Award-winning author of Charming Billy
[close]Giveaway dates: Mar 01 - Mar 31, 201412 copies available, 401 people requestingCountries available: US
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