Friday, January 29, 2010

Holy Moly -- 50 Followers! Giveaway Time!

I'm up to 50 followers!!  50!  FIFTY!  Fiddy!  How cool is that?

So, I think it's time for another giveaway!  How do y'all feel about books?!  Real books, not the cooking variety.  Do you love them as much as I do??  Do you love them so much that you buy them without realizing that you ALREADY own them and they're sitting at home on your shelf yet-unread?  Me too!!

As an attempt to clear some space in my bookcase (and because Barnes & Noble won't take them back, those assholes) I'm going to give them to one of YOU!  Their loss, your gain!  Here's what we got:

Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern
Amazon - Shortly after Adam, a nine-year-old boy with autism, and his friend Amelia, a 10-year-old diagnosed with PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorder—not otherwise specified), disappear during recess, a traumatized Adam turns up next to Amelia's body in the nearby woods. Cara, Adam's 30-year-old single mom, helps the police unlock the clues in Adam's mind to try to identify Amelia's killer. Cara finds surprising assistance from 13-year-old Morgan, who's determined to solve the crime in order to distract authorities from his own guilty secret—accidentally starting a fire in the wetlands his lawyer/environmentalist mom was trying to protect.  Meticulously researched and emotionally absorbing, this provocative page-turner also addresses an important issue—how to educate and care for children with special needs.

Intuition by Allegra Goodman

Amazon - This intimate portrait of life in a research institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, revolves around a scientific mystery: the groundbreaking, too-good-to-be-true discovery of a virus that fights cancer. Cliff, the rakish, headstrong post-doc responsible for the discovery, is on the verge of dismissal when his tumor-ridden mice exhibit stunning rates of remission; meanwhile, Cliff's co-worker and former girlfriend, spurred by personal and professional jealousy, begins to harbor suspicions about his lab work. The somewhat transparent plot is made compelling by the aesthetic delicacy of Goodman's writing—furless lab mice are "like quivering pink agar"—and by the care with which she sketches the social world of the lab. The omniscient narrative nimbly shifts perspective among a small number of complex characters, to produce a Rashomon-like inquiry into truth and motive.

The Lost (A Seach for Six of Six Million) by Daniel Mendelsohn
Amazon - The deeply personal account of a search for one family among his larger family, the one barely spoken of, only to say they were "killed by the Nazis." Mendelsohn, even as a boy, was always the one interested in his family's history, but when he came upon a set of letters from his great uncle Schmiel, pleading for help from his American relatives as the Nazi grip on the lives of Jews in their Polish town became tighter and tighter, he set out to find what had happened to that lost family. The result is both memoir and history, an ambitious and gorgeously meditative detective story that takes him across the globe in search of the lost threads of these few almost forgotten lives.

Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan
Amazon - In the small town of Kingsville, Ohio, 18-year-old Kim Larsen—popular and bound for college in the fall—disappears on her way to work one afternoon. Not until the next morning do her parents and sister realize Kim is missing. The detective tells them that since Kim is an adult, she could, if the police find her, ask that the police not disclose her location to her parents. When Kim's car later turns up in nearby Sandusky, her father, desperate to help, joins the official search. Meanwhile, her mother stays home putting all her energy into community fund-raisers, and her sister struggles to maintain a normal life. Through shifting points of view, chiefly those of the shell-shocked parents and the moody Lindsay, O'Nan raises the suspense while conveying the sheer torture of what it's like not to know what has happened to a loved one. When—if ever—do you stop looking?

I haven't read any of them, so I can't attest to their quality.  They could all suck, I don't know.  But they're yours to find out if your name gets drawn from my magic bag! 

How to enter to win:

1. Become a follower and leave me a comment letting me know that you're a follower.
2. If you're already a follower, just leave me a comment letting me know.
3. If you post a link to this contest on your blog/website, you get 2 additional entries. (Leave me a comment or send me and email to your site.)
4. Tweet about the contest (and let me know).  Find me on Twitter at sara_mccarty. 

Good luck everyone!! The contest will close at midnight on Tuesday, February 2nd.


  1. I'm finally a follower, although I've been reading for many many months!

  2. 1. I'm a follower.
    2. Tweeting @niferann4.

  3. Oooh, I'm a follower! And tweeting - my handle is @mrs_in_training

  4. I just saw your comment on my blog and caught up on your blog a bit, love it!

    And congratulations on hitting 50 followers, two days later you're at 55!! I'm one of those new followers!

  5. I tweeted it! :)

  6. I am a follower & fellow book lover!

  7. I follow! And I blogged...

  8. I just found your blog and am now following....I need a new book in my life, so this would be perfect!

  9. I added you on Twitter and am tweeting about your giveaway. (happilyafterall)

  10. I blogged it --

    : )

  11. I love books! Great giveaway idea! I'm following you :)

  12. Just added you. Sounds like a bunch of great reads!