Saturday, September 15, 2018

Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway!

I am giving away one book to four readers; really four separate giveaways. These are books I've read in the past year but am not keeping:


From Goodreads: Keiko Furukura had always been considered a strange child, and her parents always worried how she would get on in the real world, so when she takes on a job in a convenience store while at university, they are delighted for her. For her part, in the convenience store she finds a predictable world mandated by the store manual, which dictates how the workers should act and what they should say, and she copies her coworkers’ style of dress and speech patterns so that she can play the part of a normal person. However, eighteen years later, at age 36, she is still in the same job, has never had a boyfriend, and has only few friends. She feels comfortable in her life, but is aware that she is not living up to society’s expectations and causing her family to worry about her. When a similarly alienated but cynical and bitter young man comes to work in the store, he will upset Keiko’s contented stasis—but will it be for the better?

Sayaka Murata brilliantly captures the atmosphere of the familiar convenience store that is so much part of life in Japan. With some laugh-out-loud moments prompted by the disconnect between Keiko’s thoughts and those of the people around her, she provides a sharp look at Japanese society and the pressure to conform, as well as penetrating insights into the female mind. Convenience Store Woman is a fresh, charming portrait of an unforgettable heroine that recalls Banana Yoshimoto, Han Kang, and AmĂ©lie.

From Goodreads: On her sixtieth birthday, Auntie Poldi retires to Sicily, intending to while away the rest of her days with good wine, a view of the sea, and few visitors. But Sicily isn’t quite the tranquil island she thought it would be, and something always seems to get in the way of her relaxation. When her handsome young handyman goes missing—and is discovered murdered—she can’t help but ask questions . . .

Soon there’s an investigation, a smoldering police inspector, a romantic entanglement, one false lead after another, a rooftop showdown, and finally, of course, Poldi herself, slightly tousled, but still perfectly poised.

This “masterly treat” (Times Literary Supplement) will transport you to the rocky shores of Torre Archirafi, to a Sicily full of quirky characters, scorching days, and velvety nights, alongside a protagonist who’s as fiery as the Sicilian sun.
From Goodreads: Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a legal education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's rights.

Mistry Law is handling the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen goes through the papers, she notices something strange: all three have signed over their inheritance to a charity. What will they live on if they forefeit what their husband left them? Perveen is suspicious.

The Farid widows live in purdah: strict seclusion, never leaving the women's quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate and realizes her instincts about the will were correct when tensions escalate to murder. It's her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that nobody is in further danger.

From Goodreads: An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power – and limitations – of family bonds.

Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children’s father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances, she wants to be a better mother, but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use.

When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.

Rich with Ward’s distinctive, lyrical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first century America. It is a majestic new work from an extraordinary and singular author.

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50 comments:

  1. All of the books sound great, but I would love to read Auntie Poldi And The Sicilion Lions.

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  2. I would like to win the book Auntie Poldi

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  3. I would like to win Convenience Store Woman.

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  4. Auntie Poldie and the Sicilian Lions

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  5. I can't wait to read Convenience Store Woman. Thanks for the chance!

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  6. "Leave a comment about which book you'd like to win." If I had to decide right now, I would pick the "Auntie Poldi" book because I have thought for a long time now that that sounds like a fun one! But I hope the four winners will get to pick their choice in turn--like, Winner #1 gets first pick, etc. Because, really, I'd be happy with any one of these, and would like to make the best possible pick depending on what my choices might be, depending on what winner I might be on the Winner Roster, if it works that way....

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  7. Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions. Thanks for the chance.

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  8. I'd like the Sujata Massey book!

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  9. I'd like The Widows of Malabar Hill.

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  10. I would love the Convenience Store Woman

    Thanks

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  11. I would like to read Convenience Store Woman.

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  12. The Convenience Store Woman looks like an interesting choice.

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  13. I think Convenience Store Woman will be a cute read :-)

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  14. I’m eyeing The Widows of Malabar Hills and Sing, Unburied, Sing these two titles are piquing my interest.

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  15. I would like Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
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  16. I would like Sing, Unburied, Sing

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  17. I would like to win a copy of Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  18. The Widows of Malabar HIll looks really interesting!!

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  19. I'd like to win all four of them. I don't have a preference. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. either Aunt Poldi or the conviance store woman both sound awesome ty for the chance

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  21. I would like to win Convenience Store Woman. It sounds great!

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  22. Convenience Store Woman sounds like an interesting read.

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  23. Sing Unburied Sing would be my first choice. All 4 look really good. Thanks for the chance!

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  24. i would love to win the book Convenience Store Woman.

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  25. I'm honestly torn between Convenience Store Woman and The Widows of Malabar Hill.

    Thanks🙂

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  26. I want to read Auntie Poldi and the Sicilion Lions.

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  27. maybe Convenience Store Woman

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  28. The book I would like is Auntie Poldie and the Sicilian Lions. My grandfather is from Sicily so I feel like it will be an interesting read.

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  29. Aunt Poldi sounds like it would be a lot of fun.

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  30. 'Sing, Unburied' Sing" theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  31. Convenience Store Woman sounds like my cup of tea!

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  32. I'd choose Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions. Thanks for the chance!

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  33. I think I would like Auntie Poldi and The Sicilian Lions the best.

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  34. I would like to read Convenience Store Woman.

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  35. I would love to read Convenience Store Woman. Thanks for doing this!

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  36. Convenience Store Woman interests me. The perspective of a life lived in Japan in a normal US type situation is intriguing to me.

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  37. I haven’t read any of them and they all sound good, so I’d take any of them

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  38. I'd like Sing, Unburied, Sing. Thanks.

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  39. I think I would love Convenience Store Woman.

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