July book giveaway

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Time for another giveaway!

This month I’m offering a book by Willy Vlautin, an author who lives in my small town. Lean on Pete is about a teen boy who steals an aging racehorse and takes off on a journey to find home. It’s about love and determination and kids who fall through the cracks. It’s a touching and heart-breaking story, but Vlautin tells it with a kind of gentle spareness that reminds me at times of Kent Haruf’s writing. Once you’ve read the book, you can watch the movie adaptation which is pretty faithful to the original story and nicely acted. (The young actor who plays the lead is so sweet he'll break your heart.)

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Winner announced here, July 31, 2019.

Good luck!

June book giveaway.

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It’s time for another book giveaway! I love choosing and sharing books with you. This month, I’ve chosen Michael Ondaatje’s book, “Warlight,” a story about a brother and sister abandoned by their parents – or not – and the murky unfolding of the truth as they grow into adulthood.  It’s set in the aftermath of WWII and it’s lush with Ondaatje’s characteristic solemn, yearning prose.  It’s a puzzle that slowly unfolds, and it rewards a reader willing to take time and wait for the small revelations.  It’s the kind of book I want to read on these long summer evenings and I hope you’ll get a chance to try it!

I’ll be hosting the giveaways through the monthly letters from now on, so if you haven’t subscribed yet, please sign up! June’s letter will go out at the end of this week.

Good luck!