Friday, February 29, 2008

The Liar's Diary

When the dynamic new high school music teacher, Ali Mather arrives in town, school secretary Jeanne Cross, grudgingly at first, befriends her, for this enchanting Ali embodies everything that Jeanne wishes she could be--open, honest and vibrant.

There are deaths. There is intrigue, confusion and dismay. Every time I thought for sure I had solved the age old question of "whodunit", the author had me completely fooled, right up until practically the last page!

The Liar's Diary is a quick page turner combining chick lit, mystery and suspense. I promise you won't be able to put it down. And if you figure out who's lying before page 285 (out of 309), then consider me duly impressed!

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Did I pique your curiosity? Well, you're in luck, because I'm giving a copy of this novel away for my Book Giveaway #4! Just leave a comment under THIS post and you're entered to win!

The winner's name will be drawn (out of one of the numerous Boston sports caps cluttering the Trenches) on Saturday, March 8th.

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Middle Place

Kelly Corrigan could be you. She could be me. She's a 36 year old mother and wife. And a cancer survivor. And certainly a weaver of words.

The Middle Place chronicles Kelly at that exact point in her life: "the middle place"; certainly no longer a child, yet still very much her daddy's little girl, as she and her father, "Greenie", both forge their own separate battles with the demon that is cancer. (Breast for her, bladder for him.)

The author takes us on a journey with her from August 2004 through March 2007, yet also flashes back through moments in her childhood and beyond, ultimately giving us a clear understanding as to why the legacy and bonds of family are so important.

I read this book in a mere two days. It was that engrossing and compelling.
It's a giveaway! A hard copy edition of this very book! Leave a comment here (make sure you leave your name if you're posting as Anonymous) and I will have one of the boyz draw a name out of a hat on Sunday, February 24th. One comment per person. Send your friends. More Memoir Mania giveaways here and here!