Announcing the BBAW Book Blog Reader’s Contest Winners!!!!

September 19, 2008 at 12:11 pm | Posted in Books | 3 Comments
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Joshua Henkin and I had a great time reading and reviewing all of the wonderful entries in our “I read book blogs because…” contest (click here for the original post).  This contest was open to all of our wonderful book blogs readers who do not write for a blog themselves.  On Monday, over 50 entries were narrowed down to 10 finalists.  From that list, Joshua selected the first, second, and third place winners.

Josh, I can’t thank you enough for making this contest for readers so very special.  It’s so wonderful to know that there are authors out there who so willingly give of themselves to their readers.  I’m looking forward to reading your work for many decades to come. 🙂

Without further ado, here are top three finalists in this contest:

First Place

The First Place winner, who receives a signed copy of Matrimony from Joshua Henkin as well as a 6 book grab bag from Hachette Book Group is:

Laura from MN

Congratulations, Laura!  To peak your interest in your upcoming copy of Matrimony, here is a video of Joshua:

If you have a book club, you might also be interested in this message I received from Joshua:

I wanted to let you know about a special time-bound offer my publisher, Vintage, is making to book groups.  Sign up by midnight September 21 and Vintage will set up a phone chat for your book group with me to discuss my novel MATRIMONY, which has recently come out in paperback.  Normally, only five book groups are chosen among the entrants, but I have agreed to talk to all book groups that sign up.  Here’s the link to learn more, and to sign up.  http://www.randomhouse.com/vintage/read/chat.html.  I would be delighted to talk to your book group.

Second Place

The Second Place winner, who receives a three book grab bag from Hachette Book Group and a copy of First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader from me is:

Jeanne Sager

Congratulation, Jeanne!

Third Place

The Third Place winner, who receives a three book grab bag from Hachette Book Group is:

K. Stephenson

Congratulations, K!

Please send me an email with your mailing information and I will pass that on to everyone who needs it.  Please report back when you get your prizes.  I love to hear your reactions!

Announcing the BBAW Contest for Book Blog Readers!

September 8, 2008 at 10:17 pm | Posted in Books | 39 Comments
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Book bloggers would be no where without our readers.  Many readers also happen to have their own blogs, but not all do.  During Book Blogger Appreciation Week, we would like to take time to honor those who do not.  You are so special to us and we want to recognize you for all that you do for us.  If you are a loyal reader to one or many book blogs but do not blog yourself, this is the contest for you!

To enter, simply fill out the following sentence in 200 words or less and email them to me (Jennifer) at literatehousewife (at) gmail (dot)com:

“I read book blogs because…”

It’s that simple.

All of the entries received by end of the day (EST) on Saturday, September 13 will be considered.  Of those entries, the top 10.  What happens to the top 10?  First, they will be posted on The Literate Housewife Review on Monday, September 15 to help kick off BBAW on my blog. But it gets even better!

Those entries will also be sent to Joshua Henkin, author of Matrimony! Josh has been a great supporter of book clubs and book blogs and I couldn’t be more thrilled that he was ready, willing, and able to help us honor you. He has graciously agreed to read them all and select the first, second and third place winners. The winners will be announced here at noon on Friday, September 19th.

Other than to have your writing be singled out by such a wonderful author, what what are the prizes?

  • The first place winner will receive a signed copy of the new paperback edition of Matrimony and a book grab bag containing 6 books!
  • The second place winner will receive a book grab bag containing 4 books!
  • The third place winner will receive a book grab bag containing 3 books!

How much fun is that?  To whet your appetite even more, here is a list of the books you might find in your grab bag if your entry is selected by Josh:

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer
Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley
A Tale Out of Luck by Willie Nelson with Mike Blakely
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
Exit Music by Ian Rankin
The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik
Gunmetal Black by Daniel Serrano
Isolation by Travis Thrasher
The Miracle Girls by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader

What are you waiting for?  We love you and we want to hear from you.  We also want the opportunity to give back to you for all that you give to us.  Your views, comments, Amazon purchases, and well wishes are what keep us going.  I can’t wait to see the emails start rolling in.

And the Winner is…

June 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Books | 2 Comments
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I have had the great good fortune of working with Phyllis Zimbler Miller on a contest to give away a free copy of Mrs. Lieutenant to one lucky reader.  I am pleased to announce that the winner is…

Bethany from B&b exlibris

Congratulations, Bethany!

Please send me an email with your mailing address and I’ll forward that on to Phyllis.  Also let me know if you’d be interested in discussing the book afterwards with me.  It could be a lot of fun and we can work out a way to coordinate things on both of our blogs.

A special thanks to all those who entered.  Please keep an eye out on my blog for upcoming contests.  I know that in August I will have a contest to win a copy of Gilding Lily as well as another contest to win a signed copy of Matrimony from Joshua Henkin, when the novel is released in paperback.  And you never know when the mood will strike me to dust off my bulging bookshelves

#80 ~ Matrimony

June 21, 2008 at 7:18 pm | Posted in Books, Family, LIfe, Reading | 11 Comments
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Cover of Matrimony

Matrimony by Joshua Henkin

This novel tells the story of Julian Wainwright, an only son from a well-to-do family. At the beginning, we meet Julian as a young man beginning his college and writing career at Graymont College, a liberal arts college that both gets him away from his parents and, to a certain extent, disappoints them at the same time. In his creative writing class, Julian meets Carter. The two are singled out by Professor Chesterfield as the stars of the class and they soon become friends. Carter grew up without those things that Julian took for granted, and no matter how close they become, there is always this socio-economic barrier between them.

Friendship and a trusted relationship with Professor Chesterfield are not the only things that Julian finds at Graymont College. It is there, while doing laundry, that Julian meets and falls in love with Mia Mendelsohn. Although the two both come from families with money, there are many differences between their experiences. Mia’s parents are quite liberal whereas Julian’s are more conservative. Mia’s family holds education and philosophical pursuits in high esteem whereas Julian’s takes pride in its corporate success. These differences, just like those that exist between Julian and Carter, don’t really manifest themselves in a meaningful way until a medical tragedy strikes. It is then that they do their best to continue moving forward, sometimes at cross purposes. It is also during that time that Julian and Mia jump into marriage feet first, but it takes them years to discover what marriage is all about.

Matrimony is about the meaning of friendship and marriage. It is about learning how to live and how to be forgiving. It is also about leading a writer’s life. Julian discovered his dream to write at an early age and never lets it go. In many ways, he is more faithful and understanding of his craft than he is of his wife and his best friend. He doesn’t truly grow as a writer, a man, or a human being, though, until he learns and accepts that he can’t control his writing anymore than he can any other relationship in his life.

I enjoyed the time I spent with the characters who inhabit Matrimony. They are flawed, but they are vulnerable. They suffer for their mistakes, even if they try desperately to act as if they didn’t make any in the first place. I also enjoyed the sub-plot of Julian as a writer. His experiences in writing workshops reminds me of times when my own work was being discussed. Workshops can be brutal, but they can be magical, too. In Matrimony, Joshua Henkin sheds a light on the hard work, commitment and energy required to be a friend, a lover, and a writer. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to thoughtfully explore any of those things.

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