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