Saturday, October 3, 2009

My First Giveaway

A modern retelling of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, anyone?

I'm always pulled in by melodramatic self-involved tragic heroines. It must go back to my obsession with Scarlett O'Hara as a child. In any case, I purchased this book during our emergency trip back to the States, and then I devoured it in about a day.

I actually read the Tolstoy classic years ago, but was often bewildered by the storyline as Russians use different names for themselves and others according to their relationship. I was always a bit confused. Who was talking to whom just now? Wait, is that her lover or her brother? When did that character get introduced? There was lots of shuffling pages back and forth...

Not so with this updated version, which takes place in NYC and features lots of sultry black dresses and descriptions of pierogies and sour cherry dumplings... have I convinced you that you need to read it? If not, here's a short review of the book on NPR, which motivated me to go buy it- a rare splurge as I vowed a while back to be earth friendly and utilize the library instead.

All the more reason to pass it on! I'd love to share it with one of you! I'll send it to you wherever you are in the world.

To win this giveway:
1) Become a follower of my blog, if you're not one already
2) Leave me a comment for this post

On Oct 12, I'll choose a recipient randomly and post the name. Thanks for your participation!

8 comments:

Heather @critter chronicles said...

Whoo! Would love to read that one. I might have to, even if I don't win. :-)

bingata744 said...

Book sounds very interesting. Love reading your blog -- the two of you do such fun things. My husband and I will be in Okinawa for a few days in November and I can't wait. Our last vist was Nov 07 and we're already planning our next visit after this one. I was born in Okinawa (a long long time ago), returned in 2003 and again in 2007. If I could figure out a way for us to live there for at least 6 months, I'd be a happy camper. Keep up the good work; I always look forward to reading your adventures.

Marla said...

"Pick me, pick me" she says as she wildly waves her hand in the air. Actually, I was already a follower of your blog before this wonderful incentive. I am more of a "lurker" than a commenter, but for a good read, I will make a post! I am enjoying your adventures here in Okinawa. You have seen and done more in less than a year than I have done in the 3 years I have been here. Luckily, I'm not leaving any time soon. You are an inspiration!

Chris and Amy said...

Maybe we should set up an Okinawa book exchange? That would be fun and earth friendly.

The Holbrook Family said...

I'm not much for reading or for leaving comments. But if you have a blog just for a book, I thought I might take a chance. You have done a wonderful job on your blog! I'm learning more about this island because of you! Thanks!

Anil said...

Count me in, I love reading :)

Travelin'Fool said...

Also waving hand wildly in air with hopes of being chosen. I am currently sitting in a 7th grade classroom in which this is normal behavior, so I don't think I look TOO far out of place.

Sasha said...

I would love to read it! There's not much of a selection of English books here in Oki and I'm dying for a good read. Anything that reminds me of living in NYC sounds great to me!

By the way, I love reading your blog! Your month of trying something new has inspired me to try new things as well. If only I was as diligent about blogging as you are...

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