Well, today is my 42nd birthday. Sigh. I love birthdays, but I have to admit, that number is a little daunting. Instead of wallowing in the fact that I’m getting older, I thought I’d hold a giveaway for you, my devoted readers who have stuck with me through blogging feast and famine. For the giveaway, I have one book that I adored, and one that I didn’t – but that doesn’t mean one of you might not like it, right?
Goodreads blurb: In Sister Mother Husband Dog, Delia Ephron brings her trademark wit and effervescent prose to a series of autobiographical essays about life, love, sisterhood, movies, and family. In “Losing Nora,” she deftly captures the rivalry, mutual respect, and intimacy that made up her relationship with her older sister and frequent writing companion. “Blame It on the Movies” is Ephron’s wry and romantic essay about surviving her disastrous twenties, becoming a writer, and finding a storybook ending. “Bakeries” is both a lighthearted tour through her favorite downtown patisseries and a thoughtful, deeply felt reflection on the dilemma of having it all. From keen observations on modern living, the joy of girlfriends, and best-friendship, to a consideration of the magical madness and miracle of dogs, to haunting recollections of life with her famed screenwriter mother and growing up the child of alcoholics, Ephron’s eloquent style and voice illuminate every page of this superb and singular work.
The one I didn’t love is The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay. While it didn’t ring my bell, there are many others who I know enjoyed it. This is an audiobook, unabridged, narrated by the delectable Simon Vance.
Goodreads blurb: Vacationing at a luxurious Tuscan island resort, Nicolas Duhamel is hopeful that the ghosts of his past have finally been put to rest… Now a bestselling author, when he was twenty-four years old, he stumbled upon a troubling secret about his family – a secret that was carefully concealed. In shock, Nicholas embarked on a journey to uncover the truth that took him from the Basque coast to St. Petersburg – but the answers wouldn’t come easily.
In the process of digging into his past, something else happened. Nicolas began writing a novel that was met with phenomenal success, skyrocketing him to literary fame whether he was ready for it or not – and convincing him that he had put his family’s history firmly behind him. But now, years later, Nicolas must reexamine everything he thought he knew, as he learns that, however deeply buried, the secrets of the past always find a way out.
To enter, please leave a comment before 11:59 p.m., Friday, November 21st. In your comment, please tell me which title you are interested in – it can be both. Also tell me about the best birthday present you ever received. One entry per person; open to readers in the US only. Sorry, but I can’t afford international shipping.