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GFY Giveaway: How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz


Happy summer to the Northern Hemisphere of Fug Nation! Our book giveaways are BACK!

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We are lucky enough to have FIVE copies of the news Lisa Lutz book to give away here today. What’s it about, you ask? I can help you. Via Goodreads:

From a bestselling writer, a story of unexpected friendship—three women thrown together in college who grow to adulthood united and divided by secrets, lies, and a single night that shaped all of them

When UC Santa Cruz roommates Anna and Kate find passed-out Georgiana Leoni on a lawn one night, they wheel her to their dorm in a shopping cart. Twenty years later, they gather around a campfire on the lawn of a New England mansion. What happens in between—the web of wild adventures, unspoken jealousies, and sudden tragedies that alter the course of their lives—is charted with sharp wit and aching sadness in this meticulously constructed novel.

Anna, the de facto leader, is fearless and restless—moving fast to stay one step ahead of her demons. Quirky, contemplative Kate is a natural sidekick but a terrible wingman (“If you go home with him, might I suggest breathing through your mouth”). And then there’s George: the most desired woman in any room, and the one most likely to leave with the worst man.

Shot through with the crackling dialogue, irresistible characters, and propulsive narrative drive that make Lutz’s books so beloved, How to Start a Fire pulls us deep into Anna, Kate, and George’s complicated bond and pays homage to the abiding, irrational love we share with the family we choose.

THE TASK: I shall be picking the winner at random, but please comment and tell us your favorite campfire snack. (I’m hungry.)  Good luck!

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

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GFY Giveaway: Searching for Grace Kelly by Michael Callahan


I think the book in today’s giveaway is going to prove to be right up your street:

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THE PRIZE:  Per Amazon:

For a small-town girl with big-city dreams, there is no address more glamorous than New York’s Barbizon Hotel. Laura, a patrician beauty from Smith, arrives to work at Mademoiselle for the summer. Her hopelessly romantic roommate, Dolly, comes from a working-class upstate town to attend secretarial school. Vivian, a brash British bombshell with a disregard for the hotel’s rules, rounds out the trio of friends. Together, the girls embark on a journey of discovery that will take them from the penthouse apartments of Park Avenue to the Beat scene of Greenwich Village to Atlantic City’s Steel Pier — and into the arms of very different men who will alter their lives forever.

I am ALL ABOUT people having romantical dramas and journeys of discoveries in Olden Times, as you will know, and I can’t wait to read this one. We are lucky enough to have five five FIVE copies to give away here today.

THE TASK: I shall be picking the winner at random, but please comment and tell us which ACTUAL hotel you’d most like to move into, if they let you. PRICE IS NO OBJECT. (I’m moving into Claridges.) Good luck!

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: Love, Lucy by April Lindner


As if we weren’t going to jump at a chance to give away a modern re-telling of A Room With a View, only my favorite period movie ever. Don’t you know me at all?

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If only I were zipping around Italy on the back of a Vespa! Reading about it is, I suppose, the next best thing.

THE PRIZE: We’re delighted to have three copies of Love, Lucy to give away. Let’s virtually flip it over and read the back, shall we? From Amazon:

While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food…and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her “vacation flirtation.” But just because summer is over doesn’t mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

I look forward to reading this myself, and not only so I can figure out how she rebooted the infamous Skinny Dipping scene!

THE TASK: I shall be picking the winner at random, but to keep it fun, name your own favorite period film. Good luck!

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: After the War is Over By Jennifer Robson


This is right up our street, Fug Nation, and PERFECT TIMING, given the return of our beloved Downton Abbey, which is set in a similar time period (and of course, involves Romantical Troubles in Olden Times, my fave):

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THE PRIZE: We’re delighted to have FIVE autographed copies of this wonderful book at our disposal! Per Amazon:

The International bestselling author of Somewhere in France returns with her sweeping second novel—a tale of class, love, and freedom—in which a young woman must find her place in a world forever changed.

After four years as a military nurse, Charlotte Brown is ready to leave behind the devastation of the Great War. The daughter of a vicar, she has always been determined to dedicate her life to helping others. Moving to busy Liverpool, she throws herself into her work with those most in need, only tearing herself away for the lively dinners she enjoys with the women at her boarding house.

Just as Charlotte begins to settle into her new circumstances, two messages arrive that will change her life. One, from a radical young newspaper editor, offers her a chance to speak out for those who cannot. The other pulls her back to her past, and to a man she has tried, and failed, to forget.

Edward Neville-Ashford, her former employer and the brother of Charlotte’s dearest friend, is now the new Earl of Cumberland—and a shadow of the man he once was. Yet under his battle wounds and haunted eyes Charlotte sees glimpses of the charming boy who long ago claimed her foolish heart. She wants to help him, but dare she risk her future for a man who can never be hers?

As Britain seethes with unrest and post-war euphoria flattens into bitter disappointment, Charlotte must confront long-held insecurities to find her true voice . . . and the courage to decide if the life she has created is the one she truly wants.

So many things I enjoy! Romance! Plucky heroines! Sad British men! People with hyphenated names! Love triangles?! Whee! Additionally, one EXTRA lucky winner is going to get a prize pack that includes the book, a tin of Mariage Frères black tea, and a mug with enclosed tea strainer from Tea Forté . See?

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THE TASK: I shall be picking the winners at random – and then the grand prize winner by running THOSE winners through the randomizer — but you know I like to stir up conversation. Tell me what books you got (or bought yourself) this past holiday season.

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: I’ll Have What She’s Having by Rebecca Harrington


New year, new books to give away! I’m excited about this one, and you will be too. You know that series of columns to which I once often linked, wherein Rebecca Harrington follows a celebrity diet for a week with hilarious (and occasionally agonizing) results (like the time she did all of Beyonce’s diets, or was in AGONY on Madonna’s [for example: "I am supposed to finish the diet with a tofu scramble, but I can’t even do it. I have some fried chicken instead.")]? They’re really extremely funny. ANYWAY, BEHOLD:

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THE PRIZE: Yay! A compilation of Harrington’s aforementioned hilarious Celebrity Dieting Essays PLUS brand new ones, just in time to combat all those articles about how to lose the five pounds of cheese weight we picked up over the last three weeks. (I do look forward to the Annual Email From GOOP About The Cleanse She Thinks I Ought To Try. This year, she’s worried about the fire retardants in our bodies.) So much amusement, all in one place! And we have FIVE AUTOGRAPHED copies to give away. Per Amazon:

“Rebecca Harrington leaves no cabbage soup unstirred in I’ll Have What She’s Having, her wickedly funny, wildly absurd quest to diet like the stars. Elizabeth Taylor mixed cottage cheese and sour cream; Madonna subsisted on ‘sea vegetables’ and Marilyn Monroe drank raw eggs whipped with warm milk. Where there is a Hollywood starlet offering nutritional advice, there is a diet Rebecca Harrington is willing to try. Facing a harrowing mix of fainting spells, pimples and salmonella, Harrington tracks down illegal haggis to imitate Pippa Middleton, paces her apartment until the wee hours drinking ten Diet Cokes a la Karl Lagerfeld, and attempts something forbiddingly known as the ‘Salt Water Flush’ to channel her inner Beyonce. Rebecca Harrington risks kitchen fires and mysterious face rashes, all in the name of diet journalism. Taking cues from noted beauty icons like Posh Spice (alkaline!), Sophia Loren (pasta!) and Cameron Diaz (savory oatmeal!), I’ll Have What She’s Having is completely surprising, occasionally unappetising, and always outrageously funny.”

THE TASK: I shall be picking the winner at random, but to keep it fun, let’s talk about all the celebrity cookbooks we may have read. I own A LOT OF THEM. Gwyneth’s are legitimately good (her Green Goddess dressing is great). Victoria Gotti’s (A JOKE GIFT, I swear), is not as bad as you might think, Miss Piggy’s is, of course, transcendent.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday. (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: 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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