Book Giveaway: The Breaking Of Eggs

The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell
352 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-14-311726-1
Penguin (July 27, 2010)

Thanks to Lindsay at Penguin Books, I have a copy The Breaking of Eggs to give away to one lucky reader of my blog. Let me tell you a little about the book and author.


From the publisher:

The Breaking of Eggs is the story of the curmudgeonly Feliks Zhokovski, Polish by birth, Communist at heart, who at age 61 finds that just about everything he has based his life on is crumbling. Separated from him family as a child when the Nazis invaded Poland, Feliks is currently living in Paris and his life’s work is a travel guide to the old Eastern bloc. But unfortunately for Feliks, it’s 1991: the Berlin Wall has fallen, Communism has collapsed, East Germany isn’t the economic miracle he wants it to be, and he’s forced to confront the fact that his travel-writing days are numbered. His guide was a flourishing business, but the old pro-Communist descriptions won’t do, for Western visitors will now be able to see for themselves. So he makes the (extremely difficult) decision to sell his guide to a big, capitalist American publisher. This sets in motion a chain of events that will reunite him with a brother living in Ohio that he hasn’t seen in fifty years, reveal the truth about the mother he thought abandoned him and offer him a second chance with a long-lost love.

Equal parts hilarious and moving, The Breaking of Eggs is the story of a man who closed himself off from everyone and everything years ago and now awakens to discover the world has changed dramatically and he must change with it. The Breaking of Eggs also has the added bonus of being a crash course in 20th century European history, subtly told as a backdrop to Feliks’ riveting personal story. Imagine Everything is Illuminated meets The Elegance of the Hedgehog, then forget all the publishing clichés and discover this incredible new voice.

Read an excerpt.


JIM POWELL has had many careers: as managing director of a large London advertising agency, as founder of a successful ceramics business, as a speechwriter for three government ministers, and even as an office boy for The Beatles. He lives in Northamptonshire, England.

Visit the author’s website.


  • Contest open from today through August 25th at 5:00 PM PST. I’m sorry this one is restricted to only those readers with US or Canada mailing addresses.
  • To win a copy of this book leave a comment on this post no later than the 25th of August, 5:00 PM PST.
  • I’ll randomly draw ONE winner and announce their name here on my blog sometime on the 26th.

That’s it! Easy-peasy.

Good Luck.

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  1. This sounds fantastic! I’d love to be entered.

    • Lori L on August 17, 2010 at 08:27

    This sounds interesting. I’d love to win a copy!

  2. This one is on my TBBought list Wendy. I would love to win a copy. Sign me up!! rubbieburns at gmail dot com

  3. I’m really interested in this one. Count me in!

    • J.C. on August 17, 2010 at 12:18

    I’ve wavered back and forth on this book. But you’ve helped me decided to give it a try.

    Regardless if I win it or not, it’s going on the wish list. Thanks for the opportunity to get a copy!

    • Carol Wong on August 18, 2010 at 05:59

    This sounds so funny. I like that the main character makes a big decision in his life and gets dramatic results!

  4. I have been interested in this book and would love the chance to be entered in your giveaway, thanks!

    • rhonda on August 18, 2010 at 13:23

    please count me in thanks

  5. No need to enter me …I just posted this at win a book.

    • Susan on August 18, 2010 at 16:57

    The life of the author is alone enough to make me want to read this book! I’d love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance!

    • Stacie on August 18, 2010 at 17:58

    Please count me in.

    • Alyce on August 18, 2010 at 20:33

    I would love to win this book!

    • ikkinlala on August 19, 2010 at 08:43

    I’d like to enter, please – this sounds like an interesting book.

    • Weng-Him Cheung on August 20, 2010 at 08:24

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I’ve been wanting to read this. Please enter me!

    • Amy on August 22, 2010 at 15:33

    This sounds like a wonderful, worth while book. Please enter me in your giveaway!

    ~ Amy
    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

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