Saturday, April 30, 2011

Spring Blog Carnival: Book Giveaway!

Click on the book badges below to visit the site of each of our wonderful hosts for this event.  In addition to giveaways, each has a special booth opening during the weekly hop. Don't miss out! 
Reading AngelPure ImaginationThe Book SwarmCandace's Book Blog

Black Milk: On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within
Black Milk
New Release (April 28, 2011)
Hardback copy

After the birth of her first child in 2006, Turkish writer Elif Shafek suffered from postpartum depression that triggered a profound personal crisis. Infused with guilt, anxiety, and bewilderment about whether she could ever be a good mother, Shafak stopped writing and lost her faith in words altogether. In this elegantly written memoir, she retraces her journey from free-spirited, nomadic artist to dedicated by emotionally wrought mother. Identifying a constantly bickering harem of women who live inside of her, each with her own characteristics-the cynical intellectual, the goal-oriented go-getter, the practical-rational, the spiritual, the maternal, and the lustful-she craves harmony, or at least a unifying identity. As she intersperses her own experience with the lives of prominent authors such as Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Alice Walker, Ayn Rand, and Zelda Fitzgerald, Shafak looks for a solution to the inherent conflict between artistic creation and responsible parenting. With searing emotional honesty and an incisive examination of cultural mores within patriarchal societies, Shafak has rendered an important work about literature, motherhood, and spiritual well-being.

The Return of Black Douglas
The Return of Black Douglas
ARC paperback

While visiting the Scottish tombs of her forebears, American archeologist Isobella Douglas encounters the ghost of her famous ancestor, Sir James, the Black Douglas. The matchmaking ghost seizes on her romantic fantasies, and before she knows it, Isobella and her twin sister, Elisabeth, a doctor, find themselves whisked to 16th-century Scotland, inappropriately dressed. When the dastardly Macleans capture Elisabeth, Alysandir Mackinnon, entirely fascinated by half-naked, strong-willed Isobella, offers to help her get her sister back.

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  1. I am NOT entering the contest, but am commenting to say thank you for hosting a giveaway for such amazing books. Elif Shafak is one of my MOST FAVORITE authors, and I almost NEVER read non-fiction or biographies (I'm a bit of an escapist), the book "Black Milk" was one of the most profound books I've ever read! :D

    Thank you for hosting this amazingly generous giveaway and being part of this amazing blog hop! :D

    May Spring shower you with much joy!

    GFC Follower: ~Enamored Soul~
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  2. Thanks so much for the giveway have a great weekend!

  3. Thanks for the chance

    Have a great spring :)

  4. Thank you for the chance to win! :)

  5. Greetings!

  6. Alexa Nernberg

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    Enter to Win Black Milk by Elif Shafak & Hande Zapsu, a new release, / ends May 8

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