Brief thoughts on *Brief Interviews with Hideous Men* by David Foster Wallace (audiobook)

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
Unabridged audiobook; approx. 4 hours on 4 CDs
Publisher: Hachette Audio (September 8, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1600247378

Back-of-the-box blurb:  David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. In this exuberantly acclaimed collection he combined hilarity and an escalating disquiet in stories that [...]

Giveaway: *Give + Take* by Stona Fitch

Give + Take is a delightful novel with an unusual distribution channel.  Concord Free Press gave away all 1500 copies of its print run, and now it’s time for me to pass my copy along.  Click here to enter to win Give + Take.

Book Giveaway: *Shanghai Girls* by Lisa See

Scroll up to the next post for my review of Lisa See’s Shanghai Girls.  

This is a solid piece of historical fiction – it’s told in the first person, in the present tense, so it’s a very up-close-and-personal account of Pearl Louie’s experience as an immigrant, as well as detailing the hierarchy of various family relationships.

Thanks to [...]

BBAW Giveaway #2: signed *Hurry Down Sunshine* by Michael Greenberg

I loved Michael Greenberg’s memoir, a sensitive portrait of his daughter’s manic breakdown.  Last year I read and reviewed Hurry Down Sunshine, and in my recent review of Beg, Borrow, Steal I mentioned that the book has just been published in paperback.

Great news!  I can offer SIGNED copies of the paperback to FIVE readers who [...]

BBAW Giveaway #1 *People of the Book* signed by author!

I read and reviewed Geraldine Brooks’ People of the Book late last winter.  I really enjoyed this work of historical fiction; based on the discovery of the Sarajevo Haggadah, Brooks imagines the journey of a book that is thousands of years old, protected by people from all walks of life.  She works in reverse chronological [...]

Book Giveaway: *The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society* by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

As part of the virtual tour, Dial Press is offering paperback copies of the book to THREE readers of She is Too Fond of Books – how cool is that?!

You can get a sneak peek at my review of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Then, to enter the drawing, leave your answer to [...]

Book Giveaway: *The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder* by Rebecca Wells

Have you seen this eye-catching cover in bookstores?  It’s The Crowning Glory of Cally Lily Ponder, the latest work from Rebecca Wells, author of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood books.

The publisher has offered copies of the book to THREE readers of She is Too Fond of Books – thank you, HarperCollins!

Here’s a sneak peek at the novel:

The [...]

Enter book giveaway with a call or “chat” during Mary Kay Andrews interview


Set your alarms for 3:00 on this Tuesday, June 16 when New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews will be discussing her latest novel, The Fixer Upper, with Virginia Stanley at HarperCollins.

Here’s a bit about the book:

This is a stand-alone novel about a woman whose professional fall from grace lands her back in a [...]

“They grow up so fast!”

I used to roll my eyes when friends of my parents would say that about me; now, of course, I say it about my own kids and the children of friends.  And, I can say it about this blog – if it were a baby it would be walking.  She is Too Fond of Books [...]

Book Giveaway: *The Man's Book* by Thomas Fink

Courtesy of Hachette Book Group, I have FIVE copies of Thomas Fink’s The Man’s Book up for grabs!


This book sounds like a lot of fun, like a Dangerous Book for grown-up boys.  Here’s a bit of the publisher’s description:

Being modern and manly in today’s world isn’t always easy.

Do you know how to tie [...]