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Thursday, September 10, 2009

BOOK GIVEAWAY 9/10 - 9/17

I'm giving away two books this week -- The Help and The Weight of Silence

The Help (hard cover) - Synopsis:

Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women-mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends-view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

(I read this and loved it.)

The Weight of Silence (paperback) Synopsis :

It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night.

Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler.

Calli's mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter's voice.

Petra Gregory is Calli's best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. Desperate to find his child, Martin Gregory is forced to confront a side of himself he did not know existed beneath his intellectual, professorial demeanor.

Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

(This book was highly touted by Borders and on other blogs I've read.)



It's as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. Comment on my blog , letting me know which book you would like to win (sorry, only one) as well as your email address so I can contact you.

2. Follow me (click on Followers on my blog and add yourself. If you are already a follower, let me know that in your comment.

That's it! But if you want to increase your chance of winning by entering your name twice:

3. If you have a blog, put a link to my blog on yours, mentioning this giveaway. Be sure to leave your URL in the comment.

Pretty simple, eh? I'll contact the winners and announce them on my blog a week from today - Thursday Sept. 17th. Contest ends at midnight (CST) on Wednesday Sept. 16th.

Sorry, will ship to U.S. and Canada only.

Good luck and happy reading!


DarcyB said...

I wanna have time to red some more, but would LOVE to enjoy a book you've just read! *smile

I'm only on Facebook - no blog sits

Darcyb said...

red = read

Aimee said...

I'd love to have The Weight of Silence, although both sound great. I'm a new follower & I listed your giveaway. Thanks!


Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I would love to enter for The Help.

I am a follower.

michwerm (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

I have wanted to read The Help for a long time! That would be my choice if I were to win!

I have blogged about this giveaway on my blog page and have linked it so if you click on my name here it will take you to it.

journey through books @ gmail dot com

Oh - I follow your blog too! :)

Jenny said...

Please enter me! I have to take my copy of The Help back to the library so I would like that one please!

jennala at cfl . rr . com

cindylou33 said...

I am a new follower Lynne. I love books and I love blogs and goodreads where I get to read about them and discuss them. I have been intrigued by reviews of The Weight of Silence and would love to get my hands on it. Unfortunately my local library doesnt have a copy, and buying the book isnt an option for me at the moment. My email address is

Thank you so much for your site and the giveaway!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Nice to meet you, Lynne! No need to enter me; my TBR is threatening to fall over again. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

ccqdesigns said...

Welcome to the Blogaverse! The Weight of Silence for me. I hope that some day The Help will actually make it to the top of my wish list on Paperbackswap.

rebecca dot cox at charter dot net

ccqdesigns said...

I follow you on google reader.

rebecca dot cox at charter dot net

Pam said...

I would also love The Weight of Silence as I've worked with a little girl with selective mutism in the past and it fascinates me. I'm a new follower too!

melacan at hotmail dot com

P.S. The Help sounds fabulous too!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I would love to read The Help! Thank you for the giveaway!

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

Unknown said...

I'd love to enter for The Help. I just became a follower.

Unknown said...

ooops email is:

nicolama at cogeco dot ca

Minding Spot said...

Oh The Help is one I would love to win and I just became a follower :)

wendyhines (at) hotmail (dot) com

Melissa said...

Please enter me for The Weight of Silence, and thanks for the great giveaway!


Marian Perera said...

I would love to read The Weight of Silence. Thanks for entering me into your giveaway!

Marian - mdperera at hotmail dot com

Ralph Gallagher said...

I'd love to have a copy of The Weight of Silence! My email is NaNoX08 @ I'm a new follower of your blog, and I have also advertised your giveaway on my blog, The Dancing Dove -

Have a great day!

Nicole said...

I would love to win The Weight of Silence. I'm dying to read it.

FlyFreeMyBooks said...

Please enter me for The Help.
I just signed up as a follower of our blog. Thank you.

ludeluh at yahoo dot com

heatherzilla said...

Your dogs are so cute!

Please include me in the giveaway. I would be interested in The Help.


Jennifer said...

Oh my goodness both sound wonderful! Since I have to choose one, I would really love to win, The Help. Thank you for this chance.

Jennifer said...

I am indeed a follower. :)

Erin said...

I'd like to win The Weight of Silence!

ellybean at connected2christ dot com

Unknown said...

I can hardly make up my mind so I am picking The Help. Thanks,


Following on Blogger

Come follow me, won't ya? :)

Laura's Reviews said...

I would love to win "The Help." I am a follower. My email address is laarlt78 (at) hotmail (dot) com.


Andrea said...

I'd love to enter for the Weight of Silence

-.- said...

Please enter me as well :)

I'd love to read The Weight of Silence and I've left a link of your giveaway on my sidebar. - Click here


~ Popin

sharon54220 said...

I would be happy with either book, because I've been wanting to read both. But if I have to choose, I would choose The Help.

Thanks for the chance.

sharon54220 said...

I am a new follower.

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