More Free Books

May 20, 2008 at 10:23 pm | Posted in Books, Free | Leave a comment
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The May Book Give Away here at The Literate Housewife Review may be over, but there are more opportunities to be had at another great book blog: Devourer of Books. Check out her contest in celebration of her upcoming 100th post. Even if – I can’t believe it could possibly be true – you aren’t interested in any of her books, I know that you’ll enjoy reading her reviews and other book related posts.

And the Winner’s Are…

May 20, 2008 at 8:10 pm | Posted in Books, Free | 7 Comments
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With the help of my beloved husband (who was trying to eat, but oh well…), the following who entered Literate Housewife’s May Book Give Away are:

Forgery of Venus ~ Erin at My Journey through Reading

Gardens of Water ~ Jennifer at Devourer of Books

The House at Riverton ~ Lisa at Books on the Brain

The Venetian Mask ~ Linda Brower

Bel Canto ~ Judi and Erin (Surprise! I have two copies!)

The Lady and the Unicorn ~ kegsoccer at Kathleen’s Book Reviews

If you’re a winner, please send me an email with your mailing address.  I am looking forward to sending these literary gems your way.

May Book Give Away

May 4, 2008 at 1:53 pm | Posted in Books, Free | Leave a comment
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It’s May and spring is finally here. I’m in the mood to do some spring cleaning and I thought I might provide my readers with the gift of a new book.

This year I’ve received several Advance Reader’s Copies of books and I’ve reviewed them here at Literate Housewife. Five of them are part of this book give away:

Artist’s Proof

The Forgery of Venus

Gardens of Water

The House at Riverton

The Venetian Mask

I’m also giving away my two used trade paperback copies I own…:

Bel Canto

The Cider House Rules

And two hardcover copies…:

Jonathon’s Story

The Lady and the Unicorn

What do you need to do to get one of the free books?  If you live in the US or Canada, simply leave a comment to my review of the book(s) you are interested in and let me know why you would like to read it.   For each book, I’ll draw a winner at random from all of the comments posted on Tuesday, May 20th.   I’ll let the winner know by email.  If I get the addresses, I’ll have all of the books in the mail that Thursday or Friday.

This is a win/win situation.  My bookshelves will be just that much tidier and you might find yourself with a free book.

Good luck!!!

Last Chance

March 29, 2008 at 7:33 am | Posted in Free | 1 Comment
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Today’s the day I’m going to draw a name for a free copy of Robin Gerber‘s novel, Eleanor vs. Ike!

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If you haven’t already contacted me and would be interested in receiving a copy of this book, please leave a comment here. I’ll be holding the drawing at 5pm EST, so time is running out. You’ve got nothing to lose and possibly a free read to win. What could be better than that?

#62 ~ The Forgery of Venus

March 23, 2008 at 9:47 pm | Posted in Books, Brain Food for Thought, Culture, Free, Historical Fiction, LibraryThing, Reading | 1 Comment
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The Forgery of Venus: A Novel by Michael Gruber

What would it be like to live a life in which you cannot trust your memory or your senses to tell you what is true or even who you are? Charles “Chaz” Wilmot lives that nightmare in The Forgery of Venus, the latest novel by Michael Gruber. Chaz is the son of a successful artist who crafted in the tradition of Norman Rockwell but, in his son’s eyes, could have been so much more. Chaz has even more talent than his father did, but he chooses to subsist as a commercial artist taking in piece work for magazines. It isn’t that he doesn’t believe in himself. He just doesn’t believe in the worth of what is being peddled and sold as art. He’s so adamant that it costs him his wife, Lotte, and prevents him from providing the best medical care possible for his ill son. When the use of the experimental drug salvinorin causes Chaz to believe his is actually experiencing parts of Valazquez‘s life and paint exactly like the old master, he finds himself entwined in another man’s art and in the world of high stakes art forgery.

I enjoyed this novel and found its questions about the meaning of life and art very interesting. Not being able to rely on your memories, your senses, or even the answers you requested from your own very young children would be very frightening. I think that I, like Chaz, would prefer to be crazy than for that to be a permanent state of existence. The mystery behind Chaz’s life/lives was intriguing and it was difficult to put this book down. Although I understand the premise of Chaz taping his story for an old college friend, I found the voice and tone of the first narrator hard to overcome. I also found it somewhat difficult to become comfortable with Chaz, but it was worth the effort. If you enjoy Tracy Chevalier don’t mind waiting out the first narrator, you will enjoy this book.

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To buy this novel, click here.

Win a Free Copy of Eleanor Vs. Ike

March 22, 2008 at 9:53 pm | Posted in Books, Free | 4 Comments
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Now that my review and interview have been posted, it’s time for you to get involved. If you would like to win a free copy of Eleanor Vs. Ike from HarperCollins, please leave a comment here. I will draw a random winner on Saturday, March 30 at noon. I’ll announce the winner then. If you’re the lucky winner, I’ll contact you by email to get the information the publisher needs to send you the book. If you’re anything like me, you’ll enjoy going through an election with Eleanor.

Good luck!

Three Things I’ve Learned About Myself Today

March 19, 2008 at 3:12 pm | Posted in Books, Free, LIfe, My Life with Books, Reading, Writing | 1 Comment
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I’m working on transcribing my interview with Robin Gerber this afternoon during breaks.  During this process I’ve learned three things:

  1. After 11 years living in Virginia, I still very much sound like someone from Southwest Michigan – no matter what my family or anyone else has to say.
  2. LeeAnn, my youngest sister, and I have the same conversational tones and qualities.  I could hear a lot of her in my voice.
  3. I interrupt way too much and must work on that.  Sorry, Robin!

I’m hoping to post my interview tomorrow if at all possible.  Over the past week I’ve gotten a significant promotion at work (go me!) and then Allison caught a nasty virus.  So, I haven’t had much time until now to really work on this.

Don’t forget that you have an opportunity to receive a free copy of Eleanor vs. Ike!  Simply leave a comment or send me an email.  I’ll hold the drawing for the free copy a week after I post the interview.

An Exciting Opportunity Coming Our Way!

February 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm | Posted in Books, Free, Historical Fiction, LIfe, My Life with Books, Reading | 1 Comment
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Earlier this week I was approached by one of the Online Marketing Managers at HarperCollins to see if I would be interested in receiving an Advanced Readers Copy of Eleanor Vs Ike by Robin Gerber.  Here’s a short description of the book:

“Captivating and fast-paced, Eleanor vs. Ike pits the unforgettable Eleanor against the enormously popular war hero, Gen. Dwight David (“Ike”) Eisenhower. But while the opponents promise “an honest campaign,” their strategists have other ideas, miring the race in scandal and bitter innuendo. Suddenly Eleanor finds herself a target of powerful insiders who mean to destroy her good name–and Ku Klux Klan assassins dedicated to her death–as she gets caught up in a mad whirl of appearances and political maneuvering…and a chance encounter with a precocious five-year-old named Hillary Rodham.”

I will also have the opportunity to interview the author!  I’ve never done that before and am looking forward to it.  Check out the links to the book and the author.  If you have any questions you’d like me to ask, let me know.

Still,  the best part is that in the end I’ll have another *free* copy to be given out to one of my readers!  Let me know if you’d be interested by comment or by email.  A week after I’ve posted my review of the book and interview with the author, I’ll hold a drawing.  Fun, fun, fun!!!

I should be receiving my copy of the book soon.  I’ll keep you updated.  Reading a historical “what if?” is going to be new and interesting experience for me.

Early Christmas Pressies for Literate Housewife

December 20, 2007 at 3:24 am | Posted in Books, Free, LibraryThing, LIfe, Philippa Gregory, What's Up | 2 Comments
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I have had the most wonderful things happen to me over the past two days – I’ve received two free books in the mail!!!

Yesterday there was a package waiting for me from Simon and Schuster.  I thought it might be the book that I snagged as part of LibraryThing‘s Early Reviewers group.  When I opened it, I was excited to find a brand new hard cover of Philippa Gregory‘s The Constant Princess!  This was completely unexpected.  I’ve already read the book, but to have a pristine hard cover is outstanding!!! I’m not exactly sure what I did to merit the give away.  I did register for updates from their website about Philippa, but that’s the only thing that I can think of.  Who cares how or why? I’m completely thrilled!  Thank you, Simon and Schuster!

Today, there was another package on my doorstep.  This time, it was from Random House.  Sure enough, it’s the absolutely perfect Advanced Reading Copy of Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell that I snagged on LibraryThing!!!!  I cannot wait to start reading it!!!!  Thank you Random House and LibraryThing!  I will post my review as soon as I’m finished reading this book.

Here’s hoping that you’ll find some great reads in your stockings as well.

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