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Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Emma with Penguin Classics (Giveaway)

“Jane Austen did not write for academic readers. […] Rather, Austen wrote to interest those who, like her, enjoyed well-observed, stylishly written novels of everyday life.” – Juliette Wells, from the introduction of Emma If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.  So says humble Mr. Knightley to the spirited heroine of Jane Austen’s fourth published novel.  Yet for readers and enthusiasts of Austen, Emma has been both well-loved and well-discussed in the centuries since the world was first introduced to a heroine whom Jane famously said “no one but myself will much like.”  Now, on the two-hundredth anniversary of its publication, Penguin Classics has released a stunning new commemorative edition that celebrates all the joy that disastrous matchmaker Emma Woodhouse has single-handedly brought to generations of readers. With new cover art specially designed by Dadu Shin (Instagram) – including front and back flaps – Penguin Classics’ bicentennial edition is “a reader’s edition, not a scholarly one” according to Juliette Wells, associate professor of English at Goucher College.  Wells, …

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Giveaway: The Debt of Tamar by Nicole Dweck

Several years ago, author Nicole Dweck self-published her debut novel, The Debt of Tamar, to great acclaim; now readers can find the sprawling novel on the shelf at their local bookstore in a beautiful new hardcover edition available from Thomas Dunne Books. The publisher has been kind enough to offer a copy to one lucky Literary Inklings reader (see below for details). When I read The Debt of Tamar for the first time in 2013 I was impressed by both the power of its story and the author’s poetic use of language; the combination left scenes deeply ingrained in my memory as the great reading experiences sometimes do. The novel spans 16th century Turkey to present-day Manhattan in an exploration of love and fate across time and space. Dweck takes the reader from Jewish refugees fleeing Portugal for Turkey during the Ottoman Empire to a successful real estate tycoon’s fateful meeting with a free-spirited artist as he fights for his life in a New York hospital. It’s an extraordinary story that surprises the reader at …

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A Lark Ascending by John B. Campbell

Following up his 2012 debut, John B. Campbell sets his sights on Whitechapel in A Lark Ascending to tell the story of Malcolm Roberts, a young EastEnder whose curiosity leads him into the middle of a treacherous mystery. It’s the 1920s and racial tensions are high across London as Chinese locals continue to face prejudice and even danger. When Malclom stumbles across a plot by local radicals to eradicate the Chinese population of Limehouse, his simple life in the East End becomes the target of sinister shadows lingering at every corner. After a devastating murder hits close to home, Malclom must join forces with his friend Sid, a young woman named Katja, and a street urchin named Jun to solve a mystery and unravel a vicious plot. In A Lark Ascending John Campbell builds on his talent for cultivating the vivid atmosphere of an historical setting. The East End becomes at once familiar and brand new to readers as we witness its complexity and grit through the eyes of a young local. Malcolm adds particular …

Giveaway: Come Dancing by Leslie Wells

Hey, friends! Leslie Wells was kind enough to offer some signed copies of her debut new adult novel, Come Dancing, to Inklings readers today. If you missed my review you can find it over here; in short, it’s a sassy, spicy romance that follows a jaded publisher’s assistant and a hard-living British rock star in ’80s Manhattan. He’s the Goodreads synopsis: It’s 1981. Twenty-four-year-old Julia Nash has recently arrived in Manhattan, where she works as a publisher’s assistant. She dreams of becoming an editor with her own stable of bestselling authors—but it is hard to get promoted in the recession-clobbered book biz. Julia blows off steam by going dancing downtown with her best friend, Vicky. One night, a hot British guitarist invites them into his VIP section. Despite an entourage of models and groupies, Jack chooses Julia as his girl for the evening—and when Jack Kipling picks you, you go with it. The trouble is … he’s never met a girl like her before. And she resists being just one in a long line. Jack …

Giveaway: The Joy Luck Club (Penguin Drop Cap Edition) by Amy Tan

In 1989, at the age of 37, Amy Tan published her first novel: it was an acclaimed bestseller, receiving a film adaption in less than five years and finding its place as a contemporary classic. The Joy Luck Club is the story of four women immigrated from traditional China and their four Chinese-American daughters. As the stories of these eight women take the reader from contemporary San Francisco to 1930s China, Tan explores both the generational changes and the cultural divide that envelopes the complex relationships between mothers and daughters. In his New York Times review, Orville Schell praised Tan for “a wonderful eye for what is telling, a fine ear for dialogue, a deep empathy for her subject matter and a guilelessly straightforward way of writing.” This year, in celebration of The Joy Luck Club‘s 25th anniversary, Penguin Classics is releasing a special edition of the novel as part of their continuing Drop Cap series. A collaboration between Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley and illustrator Jessica Hisch, the Drop Cap series features enduring works …

Giveaway: Once Upon a Gypsy Moon: An Improbable Voyage and One Man’s Yearning for Redemption by Michael Hurley

Read: my full review With many thanks to the team at Center Street I’m happy to be offering one reader a hardcover copy of Michael Hurley’s nautically-inclined memoir, Once Upon a Gypsy Moon. Before we get to the details of the giveaway, I want to give a bit of praise to one element of this book that I didn’t mention in my review: that cover! I’ll be the first to advise not judging the books we read by them, of course, but as a graphic design enthusiast of sorts I simply have to acknowledge when a book’s design catches my attention. I love everything about this particular cover, from the photography to the choice of fonts. Every detail is just lovely. Much appreciation to Jody Waldrup, art director at Hachette, for a job so well done. a Rafflecopter giveaway Synopsis: Michael Hurley watched his world unravel in the wake of infidelity, divorce and failure. In August 2009, he was short of money, out of a job, and seeking to salvage a life that had foundered. …

Giveaway: Win a Signed Copy of The Disillusioned by D.J. Williams

Read: my full review | my Q&A with the author In addition to taking the time for a Q&A yesterday, author D.J. Williams has kindly offered readers a chance to win an autographed copy of his upcoming novel The Disillusioned (WestBow Press; 5/1)! The thriller follows two brothers as they search for answers long kept hidden by their father on a journey that will ultimately test their physical and spiritual strength. Below you’ll find an excerpt from The Disillusioned as well as a chance for one lucky reader to receive a signed copy of the novel! An excerpt from The Disillusioned, Chapter 26       In the far corner he noticed a boy in his early teens, who wore a knockoff Jordan jersey. He stared into the boy’s hazel eyes and tried to shake off a sudden urge to spend his last few Kwacha buying the boy a meal. He redirected his attention to the man behind the counter as wild thoughts flashed in his mind. He counted the money again, and reminded himself …

99 Authors, 99 Books, 99 Cents: Great Books, Great Prices, Great Prizes

Prices are for Amazon Kindle books only; offer valid all day on December 21st, 2012. For a listing of books offered and to enter to win, click here!! Just in time to help you stock up on reading matter for the new year, there’s a wonderful event going on today. The concept is simple, straightforward, and very fun: 99 authors have gotten together to offer 99 e-books for $0.99, for today only. The host site is BuyMeReadMe.com, where links and cover images for all of the available titles can be found under five categories: Young Adult/New Adult, Romance, Mystery & Thrillers, Literature & Fiction/Nonfiction, and Science Fiction & Fantasy. There’s a wonderful diversity in the selection, which means there’s sure to be something for everyone; you may even find yourself intrigued by a book outside of your usual genre preferences. Of the participating books I’ve only read one, and it happens to be one of my favorites, Christine Nolfi’s Treasure Me, but there a lot of other titles that have caught my eye as well. …