Daily Archives: April 12, 2010

Social Justice Challenge: Hunger

This month’s theme for The Social Justice Challenge is hunger. Amy invited us to post a photo which represents hunger to us. I always think of the children who are hungry when I think of hunger – the huge, bloated bellies, the vacant eyes, the delicate bones jutting just beneath their skin. The picture I’ve posted here says it all.

I have never experienced hunger – at least not this kind of hunger. I cannot imagine living day to day without food being readily available, and yet, that is the reality for many people around the world.

I am planning on participating in this month’s theme, but I don’t yet know what my action will be. I actually would like to do something locally because we have a large homeless population in my county and there are many people who are hungry every day.

I have already read a book which I think is a pretty good book for this month’s theme: Impatient with Desire, by Gabrielle Burton (read my review) which centers around the Donner Party’s ill-fated trek to California. If you don’t know the story, nearly half of them starved to death when they were stranded in the mountains. They ate shoe leather, the hides from animals…and when faced with nothing to eat at all, some turned to cannibalism. I don’t think any of us can imagine a hunger so great we would resort to eating our dead comrades. But that is exactly what happened with the Donner Party. I am giving away a signed copy of the book this month – to get your name in the drawing, visit this post before midnight (PST) on April 20th.

Are you participating in The Social Justice Challenge this month? If so, what are you considering as an action?

Mailbox Monday – April 12, 2010

Welcome to the weekly edition of Mailbox Monday hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

This is where I share the books which have arrived at my house over the past seven days. If you want to join in the fun, visit Marcia every Monday and link to your Mailbox. Then go visit other bloggers to see what gems they found waiting at their house!

Here is what showed up in my mailbox this week:

The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy

This gem of a book arrived direct from Harper Perennial thanks to Erica. I have been wanting to read this book ever since I read Van Booy’s short story collection Love Begins in Winter (read my review). The Secret Lives of People in Love is Van Booy’s first short story collection. To browse inside the book, visit this page on the Harper site.

Simon Van Booy was born in London and grew up in Wales. He currently lives in New York City where he is a lecturer at the School of Visual Arts and is involved in Rutgers REaCH program for young adults living in underserved communities. Besides his collections of short stories, Van Booy has published three non fiction philosophy books. He is currently working on his first novel (The Greek Affair) to be released in 2011. To read more about Van Booy and his work, visit the author’s website.

Killer by Dave Zeltserman

This slim novel arrived unsolicited from Meryl Zegarek.This book is the third in a series. Leonard March, a killer, is released from prison on a plea deal for being the state’s witness against the Mafia. Once a killer, March is now the pursued – by an angry media, and by the men he betrayed. Killer has been praised for its tight pacing, spare prose and surprise ending.

Dave Zeltserman has also published the first two books in this series through Serpent’s Tail: Small Crimes, and Pariah. He currently lives with his wife in the Boston area. To learn more about Zeltserman and his work, visit the author’s website.

What showed up at YOUR house this week?

Book Giveaway: Impatient with Desire, by Gabrielle Burton

Impatient with Desire, by Gabrielle Burton
ISBN# 978-1-4013-4101-5
256 pages
Published by Hyperion VOICE (March 2010)

Giveaway Open from April 12 – April 20, 2010

About the Book

Read my review.

From the Press Release:

Historians have long known that Tamsen kept a journal, though it was never found. In Impatient with Desire, Burton draws on years of historical research to vividly imagine this lost journal–and paints a picture of a remarkable heroine in an extraordinary situation. Tamsen’s unforgettable journey takes us from the cornfields of Illinois to the dusty Oregon Trail to the freezing Sierra Nevada Mountains, where she was forced to confront an impossible choice.

Impatient with Desire is a passionate, heart-wrenching story of courage, hope, and love in hardship, all told at a breathless pace. Intimate in tone and epic in scope, Impatient with Desire is absolutely hypnotic.

About the Author

Gabrielle Burton is also the author of Searching for Tamsen Donner where Burton traces her own journey to becoming a writer alongside Tamsen Donner’s journey into the wilderness. Her first novel, Heartbreak Hotel (published by Charles Scribner’s Sons), won Burton the Maxwell Perkins Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer’s Award, and in 2001, the novel was selected by Dalkey Archive Press for republication. Burton’s non-fiction book, I’m Running Away From Home But I’m Not Allowed To Cross The Street, is a comedic primer on the Women’s Movement. Her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in national publications including the Washington Post, The New York Times, Family Circle, and Ms. Magazine. Online, she is a blogger on The Huffington Post. Burton has also been recognized for her work as a Screenwriter.

In addition to her work as an author, Burton is a member of peace and equal rights groups, was a delegate for Shirley Chisholm’s run for President, and most recently worked on several commercials with Five Sisters Productions for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

To learn more about the author and her work, visit the author’s website.

Book Giveaway Details

Thanks to the generosity of the author, it is my pleasure to be able to offer one of my readers a signed edition of Impatient with Desire by Gabrielle Burton.

  • NO Geographic restrictions – giveaway is open to all!
  • You MUST provide a legitimate email address on the comment form so that I can get in touch with you if you win.
  • To enter, simply leave me a comment telling me if you have ever read anything about the Donner Party before; and if yes…what was it.
  • Giveaway is open until midnight (PST) April 20th, 2010. After that comments will be closed. I will draw the name of one winner (using Random.org) on April 21st and announce it here on my blog.

Good Luck!!