Friday, March 14, 2014
Friday Freebie: Knitting Yarns by Ann Hood, Last Friends by Jane Gardam, Hand Me Down by Melanie Thorne, North of Hope by Shannon Huffman Polson, The Promise by Ann Weisgarber
Congratulations to Lauren Bufferd, winner of last week's Friday Freebie: Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen.
This week's book giveaway is another big blow-out bonanza. It's time to clear the decks of some extra books which have been piling up over the last few months. One lucky reader will win a copy of Knitting Yarns edited by Ann Hood, Last Friends by Jane Gardam, Hand Me Down by Melanie Thorne, North of Hope by Shannon Huffman Polson, and The Promise by Ann Weisgarber. Last Friends and Hand Me Down are trade paperbacks, the rest are hardcover.
Old Filth (2006) and The Man in the Wooden Hat (2011). Like its predecessors, this final installment examines the complex world of British class, empire, and the social circles that bring them together. Gardam tells of the rise and fall of Terry Veneering, the son of a mysterious Russian acrobat and a rough-and-tumble local girl living in the English midlands. As a child, Veneering is exposed to the ugly side of the British upper class and narrowly escapes death during the Blitz in WWII. Disgusted by the attitudes of the English gentry, and with his hometown destroyed in the war, Veneering sets off to remake himself in the Far East, only to return to England under suspicion. Gardam’s previous novels have brought her acclaim in England, and with the right mix of publicity and word-of-mouth support, American readers, too, will respond to her witty style, insatiable readability, and cast of strange and amazing characters.
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If you’d like a chance at winning a copy of all five of these books, simply email your name and mailing address to
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