Saturday, August 27, 2011

Irene's coming: WWWAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!

I don't usually do this here, but I just have to wail a little! I've had a really tough week, and now my neighborhood is under mandatory evacuation orders!! EVACUATION??!! The only good thing is that my sister and her kids are "stuck" extending their vacation in Tampa, so they are safely out of harm's way. Anyway, now I sort of understand all those people who won't leave their homes when a weather crisis is bearing down on them. I really don't want to go! However . . . time to go pack some books!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: THE MAN IN THE MOON by William Joyce

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My pick for this week is . . .

Pub. Date: September 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Hardcover , 56pp
Age Range: 4 to 8
ISBN-13: 9781442430419
ISBN: 1442430419

Description (from the publisher):

Up there in the sky.
Don't you see him?
No, not the moon.
The Man in the Moon.

He wasn't always a man.
Nor was he always on the moon.

He was once a child.
Like you.

Until a battle,
a shooting star,
and a lost balloon
sent him on a quest.

Meet the very first guardian of childhood.
MiM, the Man in the Moon.

About the author (from the publisher):
William Joyce has put his personal stamp on all types of children’s media. His picture books include George Shrinks, Dinosaur Bob, and Santa Calls. He’s won three Emmy awards for his Rolie Polie Olie animated series, developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug’s Life, and made films including Robots and Meet the Robinsons. He’s currently co-directing the DreamWorks Animation release of Rise of the Guardians (Fall 2012) inspired by his new series. He’s also producing a movie based on his book The Leaf Men.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Seeing Double Double ARCs Giveaway

Either somebody conked me on the head and my vision's messed up, or I've actually received doubles of a few arcs recently. Hmmm.  Hold on a minute while I (ahem) double check.  Yes! Yes! I definitely have doubles! That's good news for you. If you'd like to win one (1 as in "single") of these arcs, just fill out the form below. That's it!

No extra entries this time, just the form, folks. But you must fill out the form - comments don't count.

  • This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada only.
  • Winners will be randomly selected next Saturday morning (08-27-11), and I'll mail the arcs out by Monday.
  • Note that this giveaway is for Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs) -- NOT finished books.
by Amanda Kyle Williams

Pub. Date: August 2011
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Format: Hardcover , 304pp  
ISBN-13: 9780553808070
ISBN: 0553808079

"Williams creates a frightening and occasionally witty novel, perfect for those who can sleep with one eye open. Think Mary Higgins Clark with an edge." -- Kirkus Reviews

Pub. Date: September 2011
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Format: Hardcover , 432pp
ISBN-13: 9780307452894
ISBN: 0307452891

"A mild-mannered physician by day, Marcel Petiot spent his nights hacking up at least 27 victims and possibly dozens more. He was finally brought to justice by the dedicated Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu of the Homicide Squad. What makes this story particularly unsettling is that Petiot committed his ugly crimes in Nazi-occupied Paris. Sounds like something Erik Larson would write—and like an entirely absorbing read."
-- Library Journal

by Erin Morgenstern

Pub. Date: September 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Format: Hardcover , 400pp
ISBN-13: 9780385534635
ISBN: 0385534639

"The Night Circus made me happy. Playful and intensely imaginative, Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for and she has populated it with dueling love-struck magicians, precocious kittens, hyper-elegant displays of beauty and complicated clocks. This is a marvelous book." --( Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife)


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: THE WINTER PALACE by Eva Stachniak

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Pub. Date: January 2012
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Format: Hardcover, 464pp
ISBN-13: 9780553808124
ISBN: 0553808125

Description (from the publisher):
From award-winning author Eva Stachniak comes this passionate novel that illuminates, as only fiction can, the early life of one of history’s boldest women. The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power—as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne.
Her name is Barbara—in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen—and to wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great. Sophie’s destiny at court is to marry the Empress’s nephew, but she has other, loftier, more dangerous ambitions, and she proves to be more guileful than she first appears.
What Sophie needs is an insider at court, a loyal pair of eyes and ears who knows the traps, the conspiracies, and the treacheries that surround her. Varvara will become Sophie’s confidante—and together the two young women will rise to the pinnacle of absolute power.
With dazzling details and intense drama, Eva Stachniak depicts Varvara’s secret alliance with Catherine as the princess grows into a legend—through an enforced marriage, illicit seductions, and, at last, the shocking coup to assume the throne of all of Russia.
Impeccably researched and magnificently written, The Winter Palace is an irresistible peek through the keyhole of one of history’s grandest tales.

About the Author (from the publisher):
Eva Stachniak was born in Wroclaw, Poland. She moved to Canada in 1981 and has worked for Radio Canada International and Sheridan College, where she taught English and humanities. Her first short story, “Marble Heroes,” was published by The Antigonish Review in 1994, and her debut novel, Necessary Lies, won the in Canada First Novel Award in 2000. She is also the author of Garden of Venus, which has been translated into seven languages. She lives in Toronto.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ditto Doubles: Hmmm. Seems the Rich Aren't Different After All!

This one has been bothering me for awhile -- since I first saw the cover for THE AMERICAN HEIRESS.  I finally solved my own riddle while browsing through the many pages of my online Wish List!

Be sure and click author Daisy Goodwin's name to take a look at the British cover - which I think looks very British (while "ours" looks American).

Any thoughts?

by Dominick Dunne

Teaser Tuesdays: POSSUM SUMMER by Jen K. Blom

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Miz B. of Should Be Reading.
I'm loving this little book
 . . . and this quote is so not what you think!

"But those sports bras were perfect! With a little bit of string underneath them and some tape on the sides to hold them down  . . . " 
 -- page 26

illustrated by Omar Rayyan

Pub. Date: May 2011
Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
Format: Hardcover , 256pp
Age Range: 9 to 12
ISBN-13: 9780823423316
ISBN: 082342331X

Monday, August 15, 2011

Mailbox Monday: August 15, 2011

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at The Printed Page, is being hosted this month by Staci at Life in the Thumb. If you'd like to join in, stop by Staci's and leave a link - or just browse through the comments to see what new books have been showing up.

What's in your mailbox?

This is actually 2 weeks worth of mailbox love
 -- I was away from home last week and didn't post.

by Deborah Reed

For review in September.

For review (with a giveaway!)

A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen
by Donia Bijan

A very welcome surprise from Algonquin.

For review from Algonquin.

by Amanda Kyle Williams

For review.

A win from Lori at

by Jen K. Blom

A win from From the Mixed Up Files . . .

The book was part of a prize pack which included personalized Lookbook (just like P!) and an Awesome Possum t-shirt! My niece's birthday is just around the corner, and these will be a sweet surprise!

A win from Kathy at

by Pat Lowery Collins

A win from Victoria at Historical Fiction Review

And a couple of purchases . . .

Thank you to all the wonderful authors, publicists, publishers, and bloggers
 who fed my mailbox over the last couple of weeks. It's greatly appreciated!

Friday, August 12, 2011


I'm not too good with challenges -- I love the idea of them and want to participate,
but I tend to over-commit myself and then fall far short of my goals.

However, I'm taking on the SOUTHERN BELLE CHALLENGE
hosted by Brenda Gail at Curling Up With a Good Book.

The requirements are pretty loose:
 "We can choose to read books, watch movies, or find a favorite Southern recipe to share."

And it's only for the month of September!

Here are a few items on my personal challenge list:

4. See the movie: THE HELP

. . . and we'll just have to wait and see what else . . .

Want to join in? Sign up here.