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GFY Giveaway: Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James


After a terribly brief hiatus, THE GIVEAWAYS ARE BACK! And swoonier than ever!

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THE PRIZE: We’re delighted to have five copies of a book which sounds right up Fug Nation’s street, and which is, so they tell me, inspired by actual events,  Jane Austen’s First Love. Per its page on Goodreads:

Fifteen-year-old Jane Austen dreams of three things: doing something useful, writing something worthy, and falling madly in love. When she visits her brother in Kent to celebrate his engagement, she meets wealthy, devilishly handsome Edward Taylor—a fascinating young man who is truly worthy of her affections. Jane knows a match between her and Edward is unlikely, but every moment she spends with him makes her heart race—and he seems to return her interest. Much to her displeasure, however, there is another seeking his attention

Unsure of her budding relationship, Jane seeks distraction by attempting to correct the pairings of three other prospective couples. But when her matchmaking aspirations do not all turn out as anticipated, Jane discovers the danger of relying on first impressions. The human heart cannot be easily deciphered, nor can it be directed or managed. And if others must be left to their own devices in matters of love and matrimony, can Jane even hope to satisfy her own heart?

Well, this sounds delightful, and, as with all our giveaways, if you don’t win, I encourage you to check out the book regardless. (Additionally, a reminder that GFY has its own Goodreads Book Club, which is excellent and awesome.)

THE TASK: I shall be picking the winner at random, but please comment and tell us which Jane Austen novel is your favorite. (Mine is Pride and Prejudice, but my favorite movie adaptation is Sense and Sensibility. I love Colin Firth, but that scene where Hugh Grant tells Emma Thompson that he’s NOT married to another and she bursts into tears gets me every time. I am practically crying just thinking about it.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. (US and Canada residents only, unfortunately.) FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, (a) I’m very glad you’re here and (b) the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.

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GFY Giveaway: PAPER LOVE by Sarah Wildman


Hello, gentle readers. It’s time for another giveaway, and I suspect and believe that this one will be right up your street. It is extremely romantic and fascinating:

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THE PRIZE: We have five autographed copies of PAPER LOVE to give away! Let Barnes & Noble tell you more:

Years after her grandfather’s death, journalist Sarah Wildman stumbled upon a cache of his letters in a file labeled “Correspondence: Patients A–G.” What she found inside weren’t dry medical histories; instead what was written opened a path into the destroyed world that was her family’s prewar Vienna. One woman’s letters stood out: those from Valy—Valerie Scheftel.   Her grandfather’s lover who had remained behind when he fled Europe six months after the Nazis annexed Austria.

Valy’s name wasn’t unknown to her—Wildman had once asked her grandmother about a dark-haired young woman whose images she found in an old photo album. “She was your grandfather’s true love,” her grandmother said at the time, and refused any other questions. But now, with the help of the letters, Wildman started to piece together Valy’s story. They revealed a woman desperate to escape and  clinging to the memory of a love that defined her years of freedom.

Obsessed with Valy’s story, Wildman began a quest that lasted years and spanned continents. She discovered, to her shock, an entire world of other people searching for the same woman. On in the course of  discovering  Valy’s ultimate fate, she was forced to reexamine the story of her grandfather’s triumphant escape and how this history fit within her own life and in the process, she rescues a life seemingly lost to history.

THE TASK: I shall be picking the winner at random, but please comment and tell us the book you’d take with you if you had to flee (for whatever reason) and could bring but one.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. (US and Canada residents only, unfortunately.) FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, (a) I’m very glad you’re here and (b) the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.

 

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GFY Giveaway: Hijacking the Runway by Teri Agins


Fashion journalist Teri Agins (who’s very well known for her great work at the Wall Street Journal, as well as lots of other writings), is awesome and I am delighted that she has a new book out:

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This seems very on topic for us, no? I’ve heard it is FASCINATING, and I can’t wait to read it myself.  For one thing, according to Elle, there’s some VERY juicy stuff about Kanye’s ill-fated line, and it just sounds like a fabulous read. As you shall see below:

THE PRIZE: An autographed copy of Teri’s book, Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers! Per Barnes & Noble:

“A fascinating chronicle of how celebrity has inundated the world of fashion, realigning the forces that drive both the styles we covet and the bottom lines of the biggest names in luxury apparel. From Coco Chanel’s iconic tweed suits to the miniskirt’s surprising comeback in the late 1980s, fashion houses reigned for decades as the arbiters of style and dictators of trends. Hollywood stars have always furthered fashion’s cause of seducing the masses into buying designers’ clothes, acting as living billboards. Now, forced by the explosion of social media and the accelerating worship of fame, red carpet celebrities are no longer content to just advertise and are putting their names on labels that reflect the image they—or their stylists—created.

Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sean Combs, and a host of pop, sports, and reality-show stars of the moment are leveraging the power of their celebrity to become the face of their own fashion brands, embracing lucrative contracts that keep their images on our screens and their hands on the wheel of a multi-billion dollar industry. And a few celebrities—like the Olsen Twins and Victoria Beckham—have gone all the way and reinvented themselves as bonafide designers. Not all celebrities succeed, but in an ever more crowded and clamorous marketplace, it’s increasingly unlikely that any fashion brand will succeed without celebrity involvement—even if designers, like Michael Kors, have to become celebrities themselves. Agins charts this strange new terrain with wit and insight and an insider’s access to the fascinating struggles of the bold-type names and their jealousies, insecurities, and triumphs. Everyone from industry insiders to fans of Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model will want to read Agins’s take on the glitter and stardust transforming the fashion industry, and where it is likely to take us next.”

THE TASK: Name the celebrity whose fashion line you actually DO most want to raid. (I will be picking winners at random, I just find this topic fascinating.  My personal pick is Victoria Beckham. She’s got some bags out now that I want to embrace to my bosom.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. (US residents only, unfortunately.) FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, (a) I’m very glad you’re here and (b) the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.

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GFY Giveaway: Beyonce: Running the World


Did you know that Beyonce has a sort of horsefly named after her? I did not either, until this book came along:

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THAT is some definitive factoid-slinging, there, and also something that’s possibly going to help you on Jeopardy one day. ( I hope there’s something named after Sasha Fierce, too. Sasha Fierce should not be overlooked. Surely, at least, there are several cats named Sasha Fierce alive in the world today.) We’re always happy to bring you a giveaway from across the pond, and today this is IT.

THE PRIZE: From Amazon UK (as I just noted, this is a British book, dear American readers, which means we can’t just wander into B&N and find it on the shelves, although I am sure you can order it and your local bookseller can help. And you CAN win it):

As a painfully shy six-year-old singing in her parents’ kitchen back in the late eighties, it was impossible to imagine the meteoric rise that Beyoncé Knowles would go on to achieve. Fast forward 25 years and not only has she sold 75 million albums, making her one of the most successful recording artists of all time, but she is also an actress, fashion icon, producer and doting mother. Beyoncé: Running The World is the full story of Houston born-and-bred Beyoncé’s extraordinary life, which saw her join her first pop group at the age of nine before fronting the girl band Destiny’s Child – the biggest-selling female group of all time. After embarking on a solo career in 2003, Beyoncé’s status as a superstar was sealed and to date she has won more than 220 awards internationally and the hearts of millions of fans the world over. As the world’s biggest star, Beyoncé continues to scale new heights and her latest album, Beyoncé, broke all records after hitting No.1 in more than 100 countries. Echoing the sentiment of her 2011 hit single, she really is running the music world right now.

The most definitive and up-to-date telling of Beyoncé’s story ever written, this book provides an intimate close-up on both her professional and personal life, with the inside story on how she and rapper husband Jay-Z became the biggest power couple on earth. With reports that their marriage was crumbling before the world’s eyes on their 2014 joint tour, On The Run, it pieces together the split rumours that plagued them at every turn and documents exactly how they coped with such intense public scrutiny. The book also analyses Beyoncé’s role as a mother to young daughter Blue Ivy and explores the hidden heartbreaks of her past, including a tragic miscarriage, a lengthy battle with depression and an agonising rift with her manager father Mathew. While celebrating Beyoncé’s greatest triumphs Beyoncé: Running The World uncovers the truth behind the headlines, finding out exactly who ‘Queen Bey’ is and what really goes on behind the scenes…

THE TASK: I shall be picking the winner at random, but please tell us which Beyoncé song you would choose to perform if you were in a karaoke contest...for your life. We have FIVE copies to give away!

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday. FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, (a) I’m very glad you’re here and (b) the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. The contest is open to everyone!

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GFY Giveaway: Scandals of Classic Hollywood, by Anne Helen Petersen


The cover of today’s giveaway fills me with gossip-loving glee:

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I am sure many of you are familiar with Anne Helen Petersen, whose awesome column for The Hairpin on this very topic has made its way into many a Fugs & Pieces (and who interviewed us for them once, as well), and whose writing at Buzzfeed and elsewhere is reliably excellent and oft-linked to and awesome. I am very excited to be giving away her new book!

THE PRIZE: Let’s turn to our friends at Barnes & Noble and see what they say. Ahem:

Gossip meets history—a compulsively readable collection of Hollywood’s most notorious clashes and controversies in the spirit of Hollywood Babylon
Believe it or not, America’s fascination with celebrity culture was thriving well before the days of TMZ, Perez Hilton, Charlie Sheen’s breakdown and allegations against Woody Allen. And the stars of yesteryear? They weren’t always the saints that we make them out to be. Film professor Anne Helen Petersen is here to set the record straight with Scandals of Classic Hollywood. Pulling little-known gems from the archives of film history, Petersen reveals eyebrow-raising information, including:

  • The smear campaign against the original It Girl, Clara Bow, started by her best friend
  • The heartbreaking story of Montgomery Clift’s rapid rise to fame, the car accident that destroyed his face, and the “long suicide” that followed
  • Fatty Arbuckle’s descent from Hollywood royalty, fueled by allegations of a boozy orgy turned violent assault
  • Why Mae West was arrested and jailed for “indecency charges”
  • And much more

Part biography, part cultural history, these stories cover the stuff that films are made of: love, sex, drugs, illegitimate children, illicit affairs, and botched cover-ups. But it’s not all just tawdry gossip in the pages of this book. The stories are all contextualized within the boundaries of film, cultural, political, and gender history, making for a read that will inform as it entertains. Based on Petersen’s popular column on the Hairpin, but featuring 100% new content, Scandals of Classic Hollywood is sensationalism made smart.

THE TASK: We have five copies to give away today! I am going to pick our winners at random from the comments. To keep it fun, please tell us what Hollywood scandal you’d most like to see made into a (potentially terrible) movie. (My would be Lindsay Lohan’s Summer of Car-Jacking, starring Lindsay as herself, for Logo.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. (US and Canada residents only, unfortunately.) FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, (a) I’m very glad you’re here and (b) the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.

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GFY Giveaway: MADEMOISELLE: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History, by Rhonda Garelick


Ooh, this is a good one! I am looking at my copy of today’s (special Monday!) giveaway, and it’s really gorgeous. May I introduce you?

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THE PRIZE: This book sounds fascinating, and it’s getting great notices. Let’s virtually flip it over and read the back. From Barnes and Noble:

Certain lives are at once so exceptional, and yet so in step with their historical moments, that they illuminate cultural forces far beyond the scope of a single person. Such is the case with Coco Chanel, whose life offers one of the most fascinating tales of the twentieth century—throwing into dramatic relief an era of war, fashion, ardent nationalism, and earth-shaking change—here brilliantly treated, for the first time, with wide-ranging and incisive historical scrutiny.

Coco Chanel transformed forever the way women dressed. Her influence remains so pervasive that to this day we can see her afterimage a dozen times while just walking down a single street: in all the little black dresses, flat shoes, costume jewelry, cardigan sweaters, and tortoiseshell eyeglasses on women of every age and background. A bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume is sold every three seconds. Arguably, no other individual has had a deeper impact on the visual aesthetic of the world. But how did a poor orphan become a global icon of both luxury and everyday style? How did she develop such vast, undying influence? And what does our ongoing love of all things Chanel tell us about ourselves? These are the mysteries that Rhonda K. Garelick unravels in Mademoiselle.

Raised in rural poverty and orphaned early, the young Chanel supported herself as best she could. Then, as an uneducated nineteen-year-old café singer, she attracted the attention of a wealthy and powerful admirer and parlayed his support into her own hat design business. For the rest of Chanel’s life, the professional, personal, and political were interwoven; her lovers included diplomat Boy Capel; composer Igor Stravinsky; Romanov heir Grand Duke Dmitri; Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster; poet Pierre Reverdy; a Nazi officer; and several women as well. For all that, she was profoundly alone, her romantic life relentlessly plagued by abandonment and tragedy.

Chanel’s ambitions and accomplishments were unparalleled. Her hat shop evolved into a clothing empire. She became a noted theatrical and film costume designer, collaborating with the likes of Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and Luchino Visconti. The genius of Coco Chanel, Garelick shows, lay in the way she absorbed the zeitgeist, reflecting it back to the world in her designs and in what Garelick calls “wearable personality”—the irresistible and contagious style infused with both world history and Chanel’s nearly unbelievable life saga. By age forty, Chanel had become a multimillionaire and a household name, and her Chanel Corporation is still the highest-earning privately owned luxury goods manufacturer in the world.

In Mademoiselle, Garelick delivers the most probing, well-researched, and insightful biography to date on this seemingly familiar but endlessly surprising figure—a work that is truly both a heady intellectual study and a literary page-turner.

THE TASK: We have five copies to give away today! I am going to pick our winners at random from the comments. To keep it fun, please tell us what you would choose to take home if you were magically transported to the best Chanel store in the world, and told you could have one item. (I’d get a purse. Classic. Or maybe a suit. Those are ALSO classic. Hmm. I’ll need to percolate this.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday. (US and Canada residents only, unfortunately.) FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, (a) I’m very glad you’re here and (b) the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you

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