Our First Book Giveaway

This giveaway has ended!  Winners will be notified shortly…

The Random House Publishing Group has been kind enough to provide two copies of Gail Caldwell’s bestseller Let’s Take the Long Way Home for our first ever book giveaway!

From the back cover of the book:

They met over their dogs.  Gail Caldwell and Caroline Knapp (author of Drinking: A Love Story) became best friends, talking about everything from their love of books and their shared history of a struggle with alcohol to their relationships with men.  Walking the woods of New England and rowing on the Charles River, these two private, self-reliant women created an attachment more profound than either of them could ever have foreseen.  Then, several years into this remarkable connection, Knapp was diagnosed with cancer.

This book was named as one of the top 10 nonfiction books of the year by Time Magazine and was selected as one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, O: The Oprah Magazine, and others.  You can read more about the book at npr.org.

Now for the giveaway!  There are two ways to enter, first you can leave a comment on this post letting me know the name of your favorite memoir.  The second way to enter is by subscribing to this blog.  My current subscribers are already entered!

I will use random.org to choose two winners and will contact them by email.  It is important that you leave your email address if you leave a comment.  Note:  There are a maximum of two entries per person.  The giveaway ends on Thursday, September 1st and the winners will be contacted by email on Friday, September 2nd.

Good luck!

Book Review: Stealing Mona Lisa

The Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The novel, Stealing Mona Lisa, by Carson Morton is based on the actual theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911. The story begins as a reporter goes to a rooming house to speak with the dying Marquis Eduardo de Valfierno.  The Marquis begins his story of the theft of the world’s most famous painting in Argentina, where he and a small, close-knit group of cons fleece the nouveau rich with copies of famous paintings they pass off as the stolen masterpieces.
Valfierno meets his match in one of his clients, the wealthy industrialist Joshua Hart who plays a crucial role in the story and plays a role throughout.  More surprising though is Mr. Hart’s wife and the role she comes to play in Valfierno’s schemes.
 The novel was published on the 100th anniversary of the crime and although slow in a few spots, the book is worth the read to get to the surprising end. Carson Morton does a terrific job of tying the story together at the end and leaves me wanting to learn much more about the real theft of the Mona Lisa.
Book Details:  Published byMinotaur Books; First Edition edition (August 2, 2011), 352 pages, ISBN: 031262171X.