Happy New Year – and a Book Giveaway


Can you believe it is 2014? The time just flies by these days. I love New Year’s day as it always feels like a new start. I love to purge and organize and plan. I got a head start on my purging this year and found a couple of books which were duplicates in my stacks. I thought it would be nice to have a little book giveaway here to celebrate the beginning of the new year.

Below are the two books I’m giving away. I’m sorry but this one is open only to people with US mailing addresses (I’m trying to be better on my budget this year!). You may enter both giveaways by following the links I’ve provided. Giveaway is open from January 1, 2014 through January 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm PST – I’ll draw two winners randomly and announce their names on my blog sometime on the 8th of January – I’ll also drop the winners an email to confirm their mailing addresses.

Okay, so without further ado – here is what I’m offering:


The Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulos

Simon and Schuster; new trade paperback

Book Description from the Publisher:

Named “a must read” by Entertainment Weekly, this masterful debut takes us to the poignant and powerful heart of a family caught up in Greece’s brutal 1967 military coup d’état. As these characters struggle with their passions, both personal and political, and their stories of love and resistance play out against the backdrop of this turbulent period, their lives begin to unfold in surprising ways. A widowed doctor and her daughters, their poet uncle and his wife, must each make their own peace with when to stay silent in the face of atrocity, and when to act.

Set in Paris and Athens, The Green Shore is an ambitious, lyrical tour de force that captures the human cost of a terrifying historical moment. In flawless, gorgeous prose, award-winning novelist Natalie Bakopoulos draws us into the lives of unforgettable people who vividly illuminate not only this place and this time but, fundamentally, what it means to be human.

Learn more about this book by visiting the publisher page.

To enter to win a copy of THE GREEN SHORE: Click here to take survey


All Russians Love Birch Trees by Olga Grjasnowa

Other Press; new Advance Readers Edition

Book Description from the Publisher:

Set in Frankfurt, All Russians Love Birch Trees follows a young immigrant named Masha. Fluent in five languages and able to get by in several others, Masha lives with her boyfriend, Elias. Her best friends are Muslims struggling to obtain residence permits, and her parents rarely leave the house except to compare gas prices. Masha has nearly completed her studies to become an interpreter, when suddenly Elias is hospitalized after a serious soccer injury and dies, forcing her to question a past that has haunted her for years.

Olga Grjasnowa has a unique gift for seeing the funny side of even the most tragic situations. With cool irony, her debut novel tells the story of a headstrong young woman for whom the issue of origin and nationality is immaterial—her Jewish background has taught her she can survive anywhere. Yet Masha isn’t equipped to deal with grief, and this all-too-normal shortcoming gives a particularly bittersweet quality to her adventures.

Learn more about this book by visiting the publisher page.

To enter to win a copy of ALL RUSSIANS LOVE BIRCH TREES: Click here to take survey

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    • Beth F on January 1, 2014 at 04:18

    No need to enter me into your generous giveaways — I wanted to stop by to say happy new year!

    • Serena on January 1, 2014 at 07:45

    What a great way to start the new year. But as I’ve placed myself on a giveaway ban this year so I can pare down those towering stacks…I won’t enter, even though ll Russians Love Birch Trees by Olga Grjasnowa intrigues me. Happy New Year

  1. I don’t live in the U.S., but just blog-hopping and at least wanted to say Happy New Year!!

  2. Happy New Year!

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