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Thursday Giveaway: Lisa Teasley’s Heat Signature

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

heatsignature.jpgThis week, I’m giving away a copy of Los Angeles-based novelist Lisa Teasley’s new book Heat Signature. Heat charts the emotional journey of loss, as a young man tries to cope with the murder of his mother, which occurred sixteen years ago. The book has already received great reviews from the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times.

The first person to send me an email with the subject “Heat” gets the book. Also be sure to include your mailing address.

Update: The winner is Cigdem A. from Toronto.

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Thursday Giveaway: T.C. Boyle’s Talk Talk

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

talktalk.jpgThis week, I’m giving away a copy of T.C. Boyle’s Talk Talk, which just came out last month. Of the novel, the Washington Post‘s Ron Charles wrote: “Talk Talk grabs hold of the fragile structures that establish who we are and what we own and shakes them apart. Considering Boyle’s recent subjects — sex research (The Inner Circle), hippies (Drop City), environmental apocalypse (A Friend of the Earth) — it’s remarkable that his most exciting novel yet should focus on the tedium of ruined credit scores and fraudulent drivers’ licenses. But Talk Talk benefits from Boyle’s highbrow/lowbrow style: He knows how to drill down through the surface of everyday life into our core anxieties, and he knows how to write constantly charging, heart-thumping chase scenes.”

As usual, the first reader to email me with a request gets the book. Please use the subject line: “Boyle.” Please include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.

Update: The winner is Rebecca H. from Bethel, Connecticut.

Giveaway: Breaking Ranks

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

breakingranks.jpegMy last giveaway for today is Ronit Chacham’s Breaking Ranks: Refusing to Serve in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, a collection of interviews with members of the Israeli Defense Force about why they refused to serve in the Occupied Territories. These refuseniks’ account is more topical today than ever, when Israel is bombing Lebanon and Gaza, and when more than 600 civilians have already paid the price of this folly.

As usual, the first reader to email me with a request gets the book. Please use the subject line: “Chacham.” Please include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.

Update: The winner is Donna S., from San Antonio, Texas.

Giveaway: Instant Love, Autographed

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

instantlove.jpgI’m doing another giveaway today: Jami Attenberg’s Instant Love, which the author kindly signed when she came through Portland last month. Told through the alternating points of view of several women, the novel focuses on the difficulty of making connections and forming relationships. Some of you may already know Attenberg through her blog, whatever-whenever.net, or through her many published writings, including, most recently, this great piece for Nextbook.

So. The first reader to email me with a request gets the book. Please use the subject line: “Attenberg.” Please include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.

Update: The winner is Shabana S. from New York, New York. There will be another book given away later today. Good luck.

Giveaway: Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

kiffekiffe.jpegThis week, I am doing several giveaways, scattered throughout the day. The first is a copy of Faïza Guène’s Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow, a debut novel by a young French-Algerian author. It’s a coming-of-age story set in one of Paris’s infamous cités, and it has been praised by Sandra Cisneros (“a tale for anyone who has ever lived outside looking in”), and, uh, me (“moving and irreverent”). It’s also received quite a bit of attention, from the NYT to the SF Chronicle to Salon.

You know the drill: The first reader to email me with a request gets the book. Please use the subject line: “Kiffe Kiffe.” Please include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.

Update: The winner is Beau G. from Chicago, Illinois. There will be another book given away later this morning. Good luck.

Giveaway: Fun Home, Autographed

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

funhome.jpgI have a very special giveaway for one lucky reader this week: A signed first edition of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. This graphic memoir tells of Alison Bechdel’s relationship with her closeted gay father, Bruce, and of the discovery of her own sexuality. It’s set in a small Pennsylvania town, where Bruce Bechdel ran a funeral home (the ‘fun home’ of the title), where he taught high school English, and where he spent years restoring his house, an 1857 Gothic revival house. It’s an honest and bittersweet portrait of a father-daughter relationship, and easily the best graphic memoir of this year.

The title page reads “To a Moorishgirl.com reader” and is signed by Alison Bechdel. (You can thank Alex for this. I was in DC that night, giving a reading myself, but he took an extra copy and had it signed.) The first reader to write gets the book. Please use the subject line: “Bechdel.” Please include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded. Update: The winner is Sheila O. from Jackson, MS.

Thursday Giveaway: Sayed Kashua’s Let It Be Morning

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

letitbemorning.jpegThis week, I’d like to give away a copy of Sayed Kashua’s second novel, Let It Be Morning, translated from the Hebrew by Miriam Schlesinger. (You can read a review of Kashua’s first book, Dancing Arabs, in the Moorishgirl archive.) In Let It Be Morning, the unnamed narrator moves his family from Jerusalem back to his native village of Tira, in the Galilee, where he hopes that life will be more bearable. Within a few days however, Israeli tanks surround the village, without warning. Is it an attack? A siege? Or something entirely different? It’s a gripping tale of displacement, isolation, and belonging. The first reader to email me with a request gets the book. Please use the subject line: “Kashua.” Please include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.

Update: The winner is Shelley E., from Queens, New York.

Thursday Giveaway: Steve Erickson’s Our Ecstatic Days

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

ourecstaticdays.jpgThis week, I’d like to give away Steve Erickson’s latest novel Our Ecstatic Days. In his Washington Post review, Bill Sheehan wrote of the novel:

for all its convolutions and stylistic excesses — and for all the demands it makes on the reader’s patience — it is the work of a serious writer with a singular, deeply personal vision. By the end, this messy, ambitious novel pulls itself together, illuminating a society in which chaos almost — but never quite — wins, in which primal human connections, particularly the connection between parents and children, keep us going in the face of catastrophic loss. Our Ecstatic Days is a baroque, visionary novel rooted in fundamental truths, and is well worth the considerable effort it requires.

The first reader to write in with the titles of two of Erickson’s previous books wins this one. Please use the subject line “Erickson.” And please send a mailing address, so we can both save time. Good luck!

Update: The winner is Rich J. from Philadelphia.

Giveaway: The Attack

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

theattack.jpegThis week, I’m giving away a copy of Yasmina Khadra’s The Attack, translated by John Cullen. The novel is about a Palestinian-Israeli surgeon named Amin Jaafari, who is on duty when victims of a suicide bombing are brought in to the emergency room. Among the dead and dismembered, he discovers the body of his wife, and learns that she played a crucial role in the attack. The book has received two reviews in the New York Times, one by Janet Maslin, the other by Lorraine Adams, and is sure to get more attention from the media. For my money, though, the best review I’ve read of Khadra’s work appeared a couple of years ago in the London Review of Books. Check it out.

The third person to correctly answer this question gets the book: What is Yasmina Khadra’s real name? Please use the subject line “The Attack” in your email. And please include your street address. Previous winners excluded. Update: The winner is Richard G. from Brooklyn, New York.

Giveaway: The Nimrod Flipout

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

nimrodflipout.jpgThis week, I’m giving away a copy of Etgar Keret’s The Nimrod Flipout, translated by Miriam Schlesinger and Sondra Silverston. It’s a collection of thirty of Keret’s short stories, including the bizarre and wonderful “Fatso,” which you can listen to here, read by Ira Glass.

You know how it works: The first person to send me an email with the subject line, “Nimrod” gets the book. Please include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded, of course.

Update: The winner is Michael T. from Amherst, New York.

Thursday Giveaway: Ticknor

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

ticknor.jpgThis week, I’m giving away a copy of Sheila Heti’s, Ticknor, which was nominated for the LBC Read This! selection (but lost out to Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s Television, translated by Jordan Stump.) Of Heti’s short novel, Mark Sarvas writes:

Unlike the real-life Ticknor, this one is an embittered also-ran, full of plans and intentions never realized, always alive to the fashionable whispers behind his back. Heti seamlessly inhabits Ticknor’s fussy 19th-century diction with a feat of virtuoso ventriloquism that puts one in mind of The Remains of the Day. Heti’s Ticknor would be insufferable if he weren’t so funny, and in the end, the black humor brings a leavening poignancy to this brief tale. But don’t let the size fool you — this 109-page first novel is small but scarcely slight; it is as dense and textured as a truffle.

You know how it works: The first person to send me an email with the subject line “Ticknor” gets the free copy. Please include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.

Update The winner is Danielle L. from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Thursday Giveaway: Come Together, Fall Apart

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

cometogetherfallapart.jpgI met Cristina Henriquez at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference last year, and we’ve been in touch since. Having read a couple of her stories, I was eagerly awaiting the release of her first collection, Come Together, Fall Apart. (Henriquez is now on the road, promoting the book; you should try and make it to one of her readings. ) This week, I’d like to give away a copy of this lovely collection, to the first reader who correctly answers this question: What is the title of the novella included in this debut? Please include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.

Update: The winner is Amanda R. from Cookeville, Tennessee.

Thursday Giveaway: Jane Stevenson’s Good Women

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

goodwomen.jpgToday I’d like to give away a copy of Jane Stevenson’s Good Women, a collection of three novellas. Publishers’ Weekly praised the author’s voices as “distinct,” adding that “her eye for detail [is] keen, making these short forays into ordinary lives anything but.”

The first person to email me the title of the three novellas wins the book. Please include your mailing address, so we can both save time. Previous winners excluded, of course.

Update: The winner is Shanna G. from Portland, Oregon.

Thursday Giveaway: White Ghost Girls

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

whiteghostgirls.jpgThis week I’m giving away a copy of Alice Greenway’s White Ghost Girls, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize on Monday. You can read more about the American, Edinburgh-based author in this Scotsman article. A review of the book appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle in February.

The first person to email me gets the book. Please use the subject line “White Ghost Girls,” and please also include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.

Update: The winner is Pooja M. from Stamford, Connecticut.

Giveaway: Rereadings

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

rereadings.jpgThis week, I’m giving away a copy of Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love, edited by Anne Fadiman, and with contributions from Luc Sante, Patricia Hampl, Vivian Gopnick, and many others. The first person to email me wins the book. Please use the subject line “Rereadings” in your email, and please also include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.

Update: The winner is Ally R. from Austin, Texas.

Giveaway: Gate of the Sun

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

gateofthesun.jpgThis week, I’d like to give away a copy of Elias Khoury’s Gate of the Sun. You can read all about this remarkable new novel in this earlier post here at Moorishgirl.

The second person (sometimes, it pays to be second) to correctly answer this question gets the book: When and where was Elias Khoury born? Please use the subject line “Gate of the Sun” in your email, and please also include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.

Update: The winner is Mohammed S. from Mississauga, Ontario.

Giveaway: The People’s Act of Love

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

peoplesactoflove.jpgThis week I’m giving away a copy of James Meek’s The People’s Act of Love. Set in 1919 Siberia, the novel follows a gulag escapee who unwittingly wanders into a village where followers of a mystical Christian sect cohabit with Czech soldiers desparate to get home from the war.

The fifth (yes, fifth) person to correctly answer this question gets the book: What is the name of the Siberian town in which the story is set? Please use the subject line “Meek” in your email, and please also include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.

Update: Pete A. from Joliet, Illinois has won the book.

Giveaway: Garner

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

garner.jpgThis week, the LBC unveiled its winter Read This! selection, choosing Kristin Allio’s Garner. I’d like to give away a copy of this terrific book to a Moorishgirl reader. The third person (why third? why not?) to correctly answer this question wins the book: Which publisher released the novel? Please use the subject line “Garner” in your email, and please also include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded. And, while you’re at the LBC site, do check out the other nominations, which are announced all this week.

Update: The winner is Sarah R., from Gastonia, North Carolina.

Giveaway: Women on the Edge

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

womenontheedge.jpgThis week, I’d like to give away a copy of Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles. Edited by Samantha Dunn and Juliana Ortale, and with an introduction by Janet Fitch, the anthology features short fiction by Aimee Bender, Carol Muske Dukes, Lisa Glatt, Dylan Landis, Lisa Teasley, and Rachel Resnick, among others.

The first person to correctly answer this question wins the book: What is the title of Lisa Glatt’s acclaimed first novel? Please use the subject line “Women on the Edge” in your email, and please also include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.

Update: Kimberly L. from San Carlos gets the book.

Giveaway: The Every Boy

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

danashapiro.jpegThis week, I’d like to give away a copy of Dana Adam Shapiro’s debut novel, The Every Boy, which is about the sudden death of a troubled teenager, and the father’s attempt to discover what happened by poring over his son’s diary. The Every Boy, which was released last summer, has been praised by Amy Sedaris, Tom Perrotta, and Matthew Sharpe.

The first person to correctly answer this question wins the book: Which movie did Dana Adam Shapiro direct? Please use the subject line “Every Boy” in your email, and please also include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.

Update: The winner is Ilham E. from Decatur, Georgia.

Giveaway: A Word A Day

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

wordaday.jpgThe book I gave away earlier this morning went so fast I thought I’d give you guys on the West Coast a fair chance. I’d like to give away a copy of Anu Garg‘s fantastic A Word A Day. Back when I was in graduate school, lo these many years ago, I used to subscribe to Anu’s mailing list, to which he sent out, well, a word a day, along with its definition, pronunciation, etymology, usage, quotation, and other tidbits. Anu put together some of these words into this book, which is a treat for language nuts.
I have one copy to give away, so if you want it, please send me an email with the subject line AWAD, and be sure to include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.

Update: The winner is Adnan K. from Portland, Oregon.

Giveaway: A Left-Hand Turn Around The World

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

lethand.jpegThis week’s giveaway is David Wolman‘s A Left-Hand Turn Around The World: Chasing the Mystery and Meaning of All Things Southpaw, an exploration of the mystery and culture of left-handedness. I should have saved it for my own lefty brother, but what the heck, it’s more fun to give it away to readers. So: The first person to email me (subject line: Left Hand) gets the book. Please include your mailing address. Previous winners excluded.

Update: The winner is Tom N. from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Congrats.

Thursday Giveway: Kathrada Memoirs

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

memoirs.jpgThis week, I’m giving away a copy of Ahmed Kathrada’s Memoirs. It’s a gripping account of a life spent fighting against apartheid in South Africa. I read it on the plane when I travelled to the east coast for my book tour and couldn’t put it down.

As usual, this is a first-come first-served opportunity. Please include your street address in your email to me, and please use the subject line “Memoirs.”

Update: The winner is Lynn C from Pearland, Texas.

Thursday Giveaway: Waking Up American

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

wakingupamer.jpgToday’s giveaway is Waking Up American: Coming of Age Biculturally, an anthology of original work by women who immigrated to the United States during childhood, or were born to a foreign parent here.

Here’s how it works. Send me an email with the subject line “Waking Up American.” Please include your street address. We here at Moorishgirl operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Good luck to all.

Update: Natasha T. from Maryland wins the book.

Thursday Giveaway: Minaret

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

minaret.jpgToday’s giveaway is Leila Aboulela’s Minaret. The first person to correctly answer this question wins the book: What are the titles of Leila Aboulela’s first two books (published in the U.K.)?

Important: Please include your mailing address, so we can both save time.

Update: The winner is Elizabeth A. from Brooklyn.

Thursday Giveaway: The Pagoda in the Garden

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

pagodainthegarden.jpgThis morning, I’m giving away a copy of Wendy Lesser’s first novel, The Pagoda in the Garden. The first person to correctly answer this question wins the book: Wendy Lesser is the founding editor of what literary journal? Important: Please include your mailing address, so we can both save time.

Update: Erica W. from Louisiana gets the book.

Thursday Giveaway: Big Cats

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

bigcats.jpgToday’s giveaway is Holiday Reinhorn’s story collection, Big Cats. The first time I read Reinhorn’s work was last year; a fine piece of hers had appeared in the Land-Grant College Review and I liked it quite a bit. When the book came out, I went to hear her read at Powell’s and got my copy. (She’s from Portland, but now lives in L.A.)

Here’s your question of the day: What is the title of Holiday Reinhorn’s story that appeared in Land-Grant? Send your answer, and your mailing address, to llalami AT yahoo DOT com. We here at Moorishgirl.com operate on a first-come first-serve basis.

Update: The winner is Robert S. from Charlotte, NC.

Giveaway: Simplify

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

simplify.jpgToday I’m giving away a copy of Tod Goldberg‘s new collection of short stories, Simplify. This is the inaugural title for OV Books, the new imprint put out by Other Voices Magazine. Simplify has been praised by Pam Houston, Aimee Bender, Dan Chaon, and the LA Weekly, and has been generating some good word of mouth.

To make this giveaway a little more interesting, I’m asking that you answer the following question: “What are the titles of Tod’s first two novels?” The first person to email me with a correct answer wins the book. (Please include your mailing address.)

Update: The winner is Laura C. from Chicago.

Giveaway: Willful Creatures

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

creatures.jpg This week, I’m giving away a copy of Aimee Bender’s new short story collection, Willful Creatures. Bender is one of those people who have a truly unique voice, whose stories are unlike anything else you’ve read, and who has a very faithful following among serious readers. You can read her talking about her book here and here.

Here’s how it works: First person to email me at llalami at yahoo dot com with the titles of Bender’s previous books gets the new one. Previous winners excluded, obviously.

Update: The winner is Lisa F.

Update 2: Jordan Rosenfeld has an interview scheduled with Aimee Bender for next Wednedsday at 7p.m PST on her radio show, Word by Word. You can stream it then, or check the archives later.

Giveaway: The Turkish Lover

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

turkishlover.jpeg This week, I’m giving away a copy of Esmeralda Santiago’s The Turkish Lover. It’s a memoir of her seven-year relationship with Turkish filmmaker Ulvi Dogan, a candid account of the tumultuous and abusive times they spent together, traveling from Florida, through New York, to Boston, where Santiago finally settled down and started attending college. The book was released to very good reviews last fall, and is now coming out in paperback. Here’s how it works: First person to email me at llalami at yahoo dot com with the subject line ‘The Turkish Lover’ gets the book. Previous winners excluded, obviously.

Update: The winner is Suzanne K.

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