Friday, July 15, 2016

Giveaway: LOUISA, The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. John Adams by Louisa Thomas

 About the Book:
     Born in London to and American father and a British mother on the eve of the Revolutionary War, Louisa Catherine Johnson was raised in circumstances very different from the New England upbringing of the future president John Quincy Adams whose life had been dedicated to public service from the earliest age. And yet John Quincy fell in love with her, almost despite himself. Their often tempestuous but deeply close marriage lasted half a century.
     They lived in Prussia, Massachusetts, Washington, Russia, and England, at royal courts, on farms, in cities, and in the White House. Louisa saw more of Europe and America than nearly any other woman of her time. But wherever she lived, she was always pressing her nose against the glass, not quite sure whether she was looking in or out. The other members of the Adams family could take their identity for granted-the were Adamses; they were Americans-but she had to invent her own. The story of Louisa Catherine Adams is one of a woman who forged a sense of self. As the country her husband let found its place in the world, she found a voice. That voice resonates still.
     In this deeply felt biography, the talented journalist and historian Louisa Thomas finally gives Louisa Catherine Adams's full extraordinary life its due. An intimate portrait of a remarkable woman, a complicated marriage, and a pivotal historical moment, Louisa Thomas's biography is a masterful work from an elegant storyteller.

About the Author:  Louisa Thomas is the author of Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family-A Test of Will and Faith in World War I. She is a former writer and editor for Grantland and former fellow at the New America Foundation. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, The Paris review, and other places. Visit her website at:
     This giveaway is long overdue and I am so grateful to Penguin Press for the opportunity to share this book with you! I have ONE copy up for grabs. Here's what you have to do for your chance to win:
1.  Follow my blog.  You can do this by clicking the Google Friend Connect icon to the right.  It will ask you to create an account.  This does not mean you will now be required to be a blogger-it's just so you'll register as a follower of my blog :).

2.  Comment on this post.

3.  Follow me on Twitter and include a tweet about the giveaway. 

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5.  Mama always said it's nice to share.  Share this post on your blog, Twitter, or Facebook page.  Each share counts as an entry! Share daily for additional chances to win!

6.  Each of the above counts as an entry.  Try one or try them all-they all count.

This contest is open to residents of the continental U.S.  Must be 18 or older.  No P.O. boxes.  The contest is open from 7/15/16 and will end at 6 p.m. EST on 7/30/16. The winner will be randomly by random draw. Winner will be announced on 8/1/16 and will be notified via email.  Winner can then email me the address to which their prize will be shipped.  

GOOD LUCK and thanks for reading!!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

What I'm Reading Now: The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag

I recently received this book from Dutton, a division of Penguin Random House for the purpose of reading and providing a review.  I am new to Tami Hoag, but I am loving this book! This book is her latest which features beloved characters, Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska, but because of recent changes, it's perfect for those new to Hoag's work as well as those who are devoted fans. Here's what it's about:
As the dreary, bitter weather of late fall descends on Minneapolis, Detective Nikki Liska is restless, already bored with her new assignment to the cold case squad. She misses the rush of pulling an all-nighter and the sense of urgency of hunting desperate killer on the loose. Most of all, she misses her old partner, Sam Kovac.
Kovac is having an even harder time adjusting to Lisaka's absence, saddled with a green new partner younger than most of Sam's wardrobe. But Kovac is distracted by an especially brutal double homicide: a prominent university professor and his wife, bludgeoned and hacked to death in their home with a ceremonial Japanese samurai sword. Liska's case-the unsolved murder of a decorated sex crimes detective-is less of a distraction: Twenty-five years later, there is little hope for finding the killer who got away.
Meanwhile, Minneapolis resident Evi Burke has a life she only dreamed of as a kid in and out of foster homes: a beautiful home, a family, people who love her, a fulfilling job. But a danger from her past is stalking her idyllic present. A danger bent of destroying the perfect life she was never meant to have.
As the trails of two crimes a quarter of a century apart twist and cross, Kovac and Liska race to find answers before a killer strikes again.
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This book is available to purchase on 1/12/2016. Preorder your copy here.
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Review to follow!