Tags: 100th post contest, Devourer of Books, free books
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.
Tags: free books, May book give away
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:
The Venetian Mask ~ Linda Brower
Bel Canto ~ Judi and Erin (Surprise! I have two copies!)
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.
Tags: Artist's Proof, Bel Canto, Cider House Rules, contest, free books, Gardens of Water, Jonathan's Story, May book give away, spring cleaning, The Forgery of Venus, The House at Riverton, The Lady and the Unicorn, The Venetian Mask
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:
I’m also giving away my two used trade paperback copies I own…:
And two hardcover copies…:
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.
Tags: ARC, Barnes & Noble, Cerak, Charlottesville, Dateline NBC, Early Reviewers, First Look Book Club, Grand Rapids, it's a small world, LibraryThing, Love is a Mix Tape, Love Marriage, Mistaken Identity, Nan, Renee Crist, Roanoke, Rob Sheffield, Songs for the Missing, spring rain, Stewart O, Taylor University car accident, V.V. Ganeshananthan, Van Ryn
For the past week it seems as though all it’s done is rain, and I’m without an ARC. Please don’t read that as a complaint, though. I have two on the way: Love Marriage by V.V. Ganeshananthan through LibraryThing‘s Early Reviewers for April and Songs for the Missing by Stewart O’Nan through Barnes & Nobles’ First Look Book Club. Even if those books weren’t somewhere in the mail, I am still happy to be without an ARC. While I absolutely love getting to read free books (who wouldn’t), there is a special commitment made to read and review them in a timely manner. From the moment they arrive in the mail, they become my first in line to be read. Books I’ve actually purchased sit gathering dust on my bookshelf. So, right now, I feel pretty foot loose and fancy free – and my current choices are proving to be very interesting and very personal.
Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield – I bought this book at some point last year for my husband. At that time I bought the book, I knew nothing about the author. I had no idea that the author lived in Charlottesville around the same time as my husband. Last night, after midnight, Danny and I discovered that he knew Sheffield’s wife when she lived in Roanoke!!!! I won’t reveal any more here, because it will be repeated in my review. Suffice to say that I kept saying, “It’s a small f*#!ing world!” over and over again. I’m really excited to write my post about this memoir. It’s going to be a lot of fun!
Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope by the Van Ryn and Cerak families. I remember when the story about this tragically deadly car accident hit the news. At the time, I must have registered that the Van Ryn family was from Grand Rapids, but I was surprised again to hear that familiar accent when I happened upon their interview on Dateline NBC at the end of March. The story was as beautiful as it was heart wrenching. This isn’t typically the type of book I would buy or read, but the hometown connection and the goodness of these people made it impossible for me not to buy.
So, I’m not fretting how long it’s taking Love Marriage to arrive. I’m basking in the glow of my own choices right now.
Tags: contest, Eleanor vs Ike, Free, free book, Robin Gerber, strong female character
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?
Tags: 9/11, art, art forgery, commercial artist, creativity, drugs, forgery, Forgery of Venus, life of an artist, memory, mental illness, Michael Gruber, salvinorin, Spain, The Forgery of Venus, Tracy Chevalier, Velazquez
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.
To buy this novel, click here.
Tags: Eleanor vs Ike, free book, Robin Gerber
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.
Tags: Advanced Readers Copy, ARC, Dwight Eisenhower, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eleanor vs Ike, free book, Hillary Rodham, Historical Fiction, Ku Klux Klan, Robin Gerber, what if?
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.
Tags: Christmas books, Dreamers of the Day, Early Reviewers, LibraryThing, Mary Doria Russell, Random House, Simon and Schuster, simonsays.com, The Constant Princess
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.