Thursday, September 2, 2010

September Book Giveaway

What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb is one of my favorite kinds of books -- character-driven, "quiet," elegantly written, world-creating -- yet plotted. It's all about the characters and their community on Fox Street.

Mo Wren and her little sister, the Wild Child, live with their father after the death of their mother several years before. Mo has always lived on Fox Street, among people who have watched her grow up. But now, everything is changing. Mo's best friend, who spends summers across the street with her grandmother, is now well-off, and Fox Street's relative decline is becoming more noticeable. Mo's dad dreams of leaving the city and running a restaurant, but Mo can't imagine selling their house. It's not just the idea of moving that bothers her, it's that every memory of her mother lives here.

The language is insightful and beautifully crafted. Example: "Every person you pass on the street, or wait behind in line, or see sitting alone on her porch -- every one is summoning up the courage for some battle, whether you can see it or not." A lovely book with good food for thought.

To be entered in the drawing:
  • Comment on this post anytime from now through Sunday, September 12.
  • For an additional entry, become a follower of this blog and mention that in the comment. Ditto if you already are a follower.
  • For an additional entry, post a link to this contest and give the URL in either the same or a separate comment. In this category, you can enter as many times as you have cyber-places to post the contest.
Winner will be announced Monday, September 13.

So, come one, come all--and meanwhile have a great day in the world of books.

26 comments:

Bish Denham said...

Oh, sounds like my kind of book. Will post a link like...right now!

karenbschwartz said...

I'd love to win this book!

Judylynn said...

I'd love to win this book! Please enter me.

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Judylynn said...

I am a follower!

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Vijaya said...

I've not heard of this book, but I'd love to read this (so would my daughter), so count us in.

Kelly said...

The book sounds great!

Marcia said...

Bish, Karen, Judylynn, Vijaya, and Kelly -- Thank you all for coming and entering!

Andrea Mack said...

Sounds like an interesting read, Marcia!

cleemckenzie said...

I have someone who'd love this book. Absolutely, sign me up.

Liz Straw said...

I would love to win this book.

posting a link on my blog at

http://lizstrawwrites.com

Literally Lynne said...

Thanks for promoting this book! I'd love to check it out, too! I'm a follower <3 Please enter me!

Marcia said...

Andrea, Lee, Liz and Lynne -- So glad you came, and thanks for entering! :)

Angela Ackerman said...

Sounds like a great book. I've heard it mentioned now quite a bit. Even if I don't win, I'll keep my eye out for it. :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Mary Witzl said...

Count me in! This book sounds wonderful.

Marcia said...

Hi there, Angela and Mary! You're in!

danceluvr said...

Wow, a quiet book instead of the normal sassy one. Sounds like a winner to me.

I'd love to read this. If I don't win it, I'll see if my library has it.

kls5641 at yahoo dot com

Laura Pauling said...

Sometimes non high concept books are the best kind! I'm already a follower!

cevillely said...

Marcia,

I would be very interested in seeing exactly how the book tackles such a serious topic as loss.

I am your newest blog follower and I will post a link to my Facebook page today!

http://www.facebook.com/laura.ceville

Thank you!

Laura Ceville

Anne Spollen said...

This sounds like something I could read with Emma so I'm in.

(Marcia, I'm sort of getting lazy about looking around the library now -- I just come to your blog and browse...)

Marcia said...

Thank you, danceluvr, Laura and Laura!I agree -- sometimes high-concept books are great, but I've known few book lovers who don't want to curl up with the quiet, reflective ones regularly.

Marcia said...

Hi Anne! We cross-posted. You come to my blog and browse? Aw, how sweet. :) I browse and reserve books online all the time. We just go to the library to pick 'em up. BUT I NEED to physically get back to the library. I have such a peace and well-being when I'm there.

C.R. Evers said...

sounds like an awesome book! I'd love a copy. I'd pass it along in a giveaway on my blog after I read it.

Marcia said...

Hi Christy, thanks for entering. And what a great re-gifting idea. :)

Andrea Vlahakis said...

Marcia, what a nice choice. I love quiet books. Enter me into the giveaway. :)

Rena said...

Sounds like a great book!

Marcia said...

Thanks, Andrea and Rena, for stopping by and entering. :)