Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Giveaway Time! A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal *DRAWING* (sticky post - page down for recent posts)

***Drawing has now been closed to future comments. Winners coming up.***

I just found out I've been doing precisely the wrong thing, waiting till I read a Hatchette book before offering up a handful in a giveaway. Now that I know, I can go ahead and start the sign-up for this drawing. I'm really looking forward to reading A Lucky Child, but haven't gotten to it, yet. If I manage to read it before the drawing, I'll add a link to this post.

In the meantime . . . I've signed up to give away 5 copies of A Lucky Child, A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz As a Young Boy by Thomas Buergenthal.

To enter, please do the following:

1. Leave a valid email address (this is non-negotiable; I get all pissy and ditch you from the list if you don't leave me an email address).

2. Tell me about your all-time favorite memoir -- title and author, if you would, please. I'm a big fan of memoirs. Stand Before Your God by Paul Watkins is one of my old favorites, in case you're interested, as is Benvenuto Cellini's Autobiography. I just felt like sharing.

3. That's it. You don't have to follow me or even like me. But, it would be nice if you'd be my pal. I kind of like you already, since you're obviously a booklover. You can find me on Twitter, if you'd like. I'm twittering under the very odd make-believe name "Bookfoolery" because nobody else is silly enough to conjure up that bit of goofiness and use it as a Twitter identity. It's nice being unique.

This drawing is open to U.S. and Canada residents only -- no P.O. Boxes. Winners will receive their copies directly from the publisher.

The drawing will be held on Tuesday, the 5th of May because that is Cinco de Mayo (party, party -- and easy to remember). Plus, that date also it gives you two weeks to figure out who you are, what you like and where you're located, then write them all down. Seems reasonable, yes? Best of luck!


  1. Well I already like you and follow you-so that's taken care of. lol.
    I'd love to enter for this one. My favorite memoir is The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. I read it a few years ago and the story still sticks in my mind.
    bj19662001 (at) yahoo (dot) ca

  2. Why, thank you, Dar. I like you, too. :) You're very good at following directions. I commend you.

  3. my favorite memoir is "A Walk in the Woods," by Bill Bryson. My email is bibliophile at bostonbibliophile dot com! :-)

  4. Do I HAVE to leave my email address? Even though you know where to stalk me? Ah, fine! tstineman at hotmail dot com. Those damn spammers better not find me and start sending me crud...(cussing over).

    I LOVE memoirs. Probably wouldn't enter your giveaway if I didn't love them so much. Ok, maybe I would. My favorite this year is Fun Home. Wait, The Glass Castle. Catch Me if You Can? Walking Through Walls? Does Absolutely True Diary count or is that still fiction? A Year in Provence was too dull so I'm not even going to mention it. I think I'll go with Fun Home. LOVED it. :P I blame Joy and her non-fiction five challenge.

    I do like you. And I consider you my pal. I don't twitter because I don't understand what it's all about. I'm uncool, but I'm mostly OK with that. And in case you're wondering, YOU bring out the rambling Trish. I'm normally very calm and quiet. I swear!

  5. I like you. I follow you in Google Reader. I have lots of memoirs I've enjoyed, but the most recent was "Born Country: My Life in Alabama" by Randy Owen. But, then of course, I loved the singing group.

    I'd love to win this one, it looks good.

  6. I already follow and like you, too. But you've become a Twitterer?! Eeek!! I'm trying very hard to stay away from Twitter. They. Can't. Have. Me! No. I. Say. No!! ;)

    My favorite memoir? Just one? Oh, come on now. How about a few?

    All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg

    Fifty Acres and a Poodle by Jeanne Laskas

    Wait 'Til Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup

    A Three Dog Night by Abigail Thomas

    Dispatches From the Edge by Anderson Cooper

    If I don't win, I'll still have a margarita on Cinco de Mayo in honor of your contest. Or, maybe the day before, on my hubby's birthday.

    Can you tell I'm operating on just a few hours of sleep and feeling a bit punchy?! Off to bed with a hubby doped up on Benadryl so we can BOTH sleep tonight! ;)

  7. Marie,

    I love A Walk in the Woods! Bryson is wonderful.


    Weeeell, I suppose I could have hunted you down, but I would definitely get all pissy, even though I luv ya.

    You're so funny! I think The Absolutely True Diary is fiction based on his life, but it's close. I loved that one. That's two votes for The Glass Castle. I've avoided that title, for some reason.

    Twittering is dangerous. I try to just drop in, now and then. You can actually just sit and read conversations all day, which is pointless and stupid. You're probably wise for avoiding it. Really? I make you ramble? LOL


    You silly girl, you left off your email. Tch, tch. I like Alabama, too. I can't say I'm a big fan, but I like them.


    Yes, I twitter. And, over 500 people are following me. That's the part that baffles me. Where are they coming from? Why do they want to follow me? I mean, it's okay but it's a little odd. LOL I try not to spend too much time twittering because it really can be a time suck.

    Oh, that's a great list! I've only read Dispatches from the Edge. I love, love, loved that. It was so nice to hear someone talk about the Mississippi damage, not just New Orleans. The MS Gulf Coast is still really quite depressing. They're working hard to recover, but because insurers pulled out of the entire state, a lot of people haven't been able to return and it's just desolate -- prettier than it was when commerce blocked the beach, but the tragedy is still apparent.

    I'm babbling. Hope you guys get some sleep, tonight. :)

  8. Anonymous8:43 PM

    Well, since you kind of like me, I'll play. :-D

    Except Dar stole my favorite memoir. I'll go with my runner-up (unless that's breaking the rules, in which case, just refer back to Dar), which is Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, by Alexandra Fuller. Pain in the patootie to type the title, but great story.

    fizzybeverage at gmail dot com

  9. Thanks to starting my blog and joining the non-fiction challenge last year, I've realized that I really like memoirs! I haven't read a large number of them, but I have liked the ones I have read. The Glass Castle was really memorable (as others have already said), and unlike Trish, I really liked A Year in Provence! Also, I don't think this is a memoir, but I found The Non-Runners Guide for Women to be pretty funny! Anyways...I'm trying to read more non-fiction than I used to, so I would love to be entered in your giveaway! My e-mail is lbforney at yahoo dot com.

  10. Oh fine. My email should show when you read my comment in your email, but I'll indulge you! ;)


    I don't twitter. I don't get it, and if I did, I don't think I need something else to take up my time! I spend enough of it reading and blogging as it is!

    I have found a nice list of memoirs from all these other comments though...

  11. Oh I love to win this book. I was just talking with a friend (who is a grad student doing her thesis on WWII) and we'd both love to read it.

    Favorite memior - same as Dar - Jeannette Walls. I also just read How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill and really enjoyed it.


  12. Wow book I haven't read about the Holocaust, I want it, one of the best memoire (of the holocaust) that reads like poetry and yet is horrifying is 'Auncun de nous ne reviendra'----'None of us will return' available in both French and English from Charlotte Delbo, I've read both versions, and both are a work of wonder, poetry, pain, sorrow, courage, beauty...I first read the English copy from a library, it took me at lest 8 years to find the original French...don't have to tell you it was a thrill
    my e mail : LorraineRenaud@AOL.com

  13. Oh and double whammy My dad's birthday was May 5...:)

  14. Thanks!
    I just finished..Confessions of a Counterfeit Farmgirl. It was cute!


  15. Softdrink,

    Actually, I'm quite fond of you. I'm so glad you mentioned your runner up because I was just trying to remember the name of that book, last night. I had a mental image of it, but couldn't conjure the title. So, thank you!


    The Non-Runners Guide for Women sounds like one I need to look up. I love memoirs. It took me a while to convince myself to read NF after college. After years of dry textbooks, I think it's easy to become skeptical that there's such a thing as entertaining non-fiction, but I do enjoy a wide variety, now.


    Nope, your address doesn't show up in my email. I just get a link. Thanks for coming back to write your email because I'm a real pain in the butt about that. And, I don't want you to be left out! :)

    I'm getting some great suggestions, too! Actually, that could be a bad thing.

    Twitter-wise . . . I just drop in when I feel like it. I enjoy it but try not to let it dominate my time. Social network sites can definitely be a time suck.


    I hope you win a copy, then, so you can share with your friend! I read How Starbucks Saved My Life and enjoyed it, too.


    Is that the book you photographed, earlier this year? I remember you talking about a Holocaust book that was painful to read, but important. If so, I'm sure I already put it on my wishlist, but I'll have to check. I've spent years looking for a particular book, so yep, I know that thrill when you finally locate a copy!

    The "was" must mean you've lost your father. I was 27 when my father died and I will never stop missing him. Dads are special.

    Argh, my cat is wailing, again. She is really losing it. I think I'm going to have to get her a kitten, seriously!!

  16. Just a note to say I've posted this on Win A Book. No need to enter me.

  17. I'm a big fan of pretty much any biography about Queen Victoria and Marie Antionette, but recently my favorite memior was Eat, Pray, Love by E. Glibert. Oh, and I Was Told There'd Be Cake by S. Crosley. Both are pretty much awesome!


  18. I don't know whether or not it is considered a "memoir", but one of my favorites would be The Last Tsar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II by Edvard Radzinsky.

    Thanks so much!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  19. I am a follower of yours on my reader and of course I like you or else I wouldn't bother.... now my fave...well I'll have to say "Glass Castle", althou that book about did me in and then there's "Hope's Boy", that one just about killed me too! Oh and hey is "Marley and Me" a memoir? Gosh that one did do me in! UGH!!!
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  20. I enjoyed "Angela's Ashes".


  21. I do not know if it really qualifies as a memoir, but Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine is absolutely amazing, about a little girl who unfortunately did not survive the Holocaust.
    Please enter me and thanks for the giveaway.

  22. I liked "I Am The Central Park Jogger" by Tricia Meili.


  23. I would love to enter the giveaway, thanks! My favourite memoir: Dave Eggers's A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, for all its quirkiness.

    dreamsongpoem at gmail dot com

  24. I'd love to be entered in this. I like to read celebrity memoirs and the ones I've recently enjoyed were by William Shatner and Maureen McCormick.



  25. Wow, you have a good memory and yes that's the exact book, in this case let me present you with another? Elie Weisel: 'Nuit' or 'Night' which is excellent...I'm sorry about your dad x

  26. Anonymous12:15 PM

    I am a follower and I love your blog. You do such an awesome job with it. I will never ever Twitter! Sorry but I am too old. lol! One of my favorite memoir's would be Clear Springs by Bobbie Ann Mason. Thanks for having the giveaway!
    Paula pjhess55@hotmail.com

  27. I haven't read many memoirs lately which is interesting because I do enjoy them -- need to fix that! One of the more recent ones I read and enjoyed was Fifty Acres and a Poodle by Jeanne Laskas -- that was really good.


  28. forgot to mention that there is this wonderful bookshop that sells used book to raise funds...they are friendly and they charge nothing for delivery in the US and only 3 dollars something elsewhere, I've bought 6 books from them so far and I am so happy even their e-mails are friendly and funny...so they are : www.BetterWorldBooks.com

  29. Me Me Me! I want a chance to win.
    You know where to find me, but since I'm a god rule follower:

    I really liked Lucky by Alice Sebold. It was my first ever memoir and still one of my favorites.

    I also liked A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - just disregard the fact that some think he made the whole think up and read it like it truly did happen and it's great.

    I follow you! I love getting a dose of bookfoolery and babble several times a week.

  30. The only memoir I can even think of right now is The Diary of Anne Frank.
    winterset @ peoplepc.com

  31. This looks great! Please enter me!

    My all time favorite memoir (so far) has been Goldie Hawn's A Lotus Grows in the Mud. SO awesome and so amazing to read all that she's been through! I respect and like her even more after reading her book!


  32. I just wanted to come and share in all the love, but you don't have to enter me in the drawing. A while ago, I listened to the audio of "I Feel Bad About My Neck" by Nora Ephron which was hilarious. I just barely finished "West with the Night" by Beryl Markham which was beautifully written and so interesting. I'm just getting ready to write my review, but I'm giving it a "5" rating!!!

  33. I'm With the Band by Pamela des Barres. (Caution: the review contains R rated language).

    You twit!! Oh noooooes!

    More Costa Rica pictures! Are you doling them out? Pretty!

  34. Helllloooo, dahling! I've been away too long, I know. I actually did catch a whiff of your trip to Costa Rica on a recent (brief) visit wherein I did not comment. I'm ridonkulously jealous of your travels, and I think you should put me in your carry-on bag next time. ;)

    This book sounds AWESOME! My favorite memoir to date (or one of them among many) is 501 Minutes to Christ by Poe Ballantine. He's hilarious and I luf him.


  35. Bridget,

    Thank you!


    I enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love. In fact, I stupidly bought an extra copy when I found one for a quarter. It's nicer than the one I got from Paperback Swap, but still . . . why did I do that? LOL I just read a review of I Was Told There'd Be Cake and it does sound fun!


    That's probably a biography, but what the heck. I love bios, too! I adore history. Thanks for mentioning it!


    Why, thank you. I like you, too. :) It sounds like you could stand to read something upbeat! LOL I can only occasionally read books that "do me in" because I tend toward depression, but those all sound great. I've got Marley and Me, somewhere. I've kind of lost my copy. Oopsy.


    I enjoyed Angela's Ashes, too.

  36. Amber,

    Aw, that sounds sad but I love Holocaust memoirs. I'll have to look that up, thanks!


    Yikes. I don't know if I could read that one. I'll bet it's horrifying.


    How convenient! Another one I own but haven't bothered to read!


    I'm a Star Trek fan, so I'll bet the William Shatner memoir would be interesting. I don't read celebrity memoirs often, myself.


    Believe it or not, I do have a copy of Night. Now, where I put it is another story. I read another of Wiesel's books and it was confusing, so that's why I put Night aside. Silly me.


    You're not too old, silly girl. But, I don't think twittering would be your thing. I've never even heard of that memoir and you know I trust your judgment. Must look up!

  37. Marie,

    I've got Fifty Acres and a Poodle on my wishlist. I think Les of Lesley's Book Nook is responsible for that addition. I'm glad you enjoyed it, too! Second recommendations are good. ;)


    I went to their site and read up. I like! Thanks for mentioning BetterWorldBooks!


    I knew you'd sign up. I just knew it. LOL I haven't read either of those. I'll have to look them up, thanks!


    Well, we'll skip the shock treatment to help your memory. Anne Frank is a good one. I don't know why I never list it among my favorites. She was a brilliant young writer.


    I'm getting really embarrassed, now. I have a copy of Goldie's memoir, too (note I've said that about a half-dozen times: "I have a copy of that!"), unread. I'm glad to know you loved it. It's one I hope to squeeze in, this year.

  38. Framed,

    How sweet of you, sharing the love without asking for a thing. You know, you can still sign up. There are plenty of copies to go around. I've been thinking Nora Ephron's book sounds like my kind of thing. Thanks for the recommendation! Not sure, but I think West with the Night might already be on my wish list. I'll have to check. I love it when my reading buddies get me in all kinds of trouble.


    I'll cover my eyes while I read that review.

    Thanks. I already knew I was a twit, long before Twitter. I was a twit to begin with. At least, that's what my Beloved Sister always told me. I cherish her opinion.

    Yes, doling them out. I keep thinking I'll start a Costa Rica travel blog, but I really ought to clean up my house, instead. I just cleaned the poison off my windows and one set of shutters. Stupid pest-control guy. I don't think you need to spray bug poison right on the windows, for crying out loud; around would do. Am I ranting?


    I have so missed you!!! You don't always have to comment, of course, but I'll be missing you whenever you don't, just 'cause I luvs ya.

    Funny, I'm all envious of your young, single career-successfulness. You should tag along with me. I'm a pain in the butt, but I do go some fun places. :)

    I hadn't heard of 501 Minutes to Christ. Oh, boy, that sounds very Me. I'll dash right over and look it up, thank you!

  39. I have two favorite memoirs right now. I loved Anderson Coopers Dispatches from the Edge and another favorit is A Long Way Gone - Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. Please include me in your giveaway.

  40. You convinced me to give Twitter a try. I signed up, found a whole bunch of people to follow and after about 5 minutes canceled the whole thing! Decided I simply didn't need one more reason to be on the computer. Did the same thing with FaceBook a couple of months ago! :)

    I remember how much you loved Dispatches. I think it was you who prompted me to read it.

  41. Les,

    That's what I figured you'd done, since I dashed off to "follow" you and twitter told me there was no page associated with that link.

    Yep, I thought Dispatches from the Edge was great.

  42. I just HAD to follow you on Twitter. I love unique names, book lovers and now book fools too! :) Now I am devoted to the book Heartburn by Nora Ephron which does tell the tale of the breakup of her marriage, and honestly is the quickest read I ever had. It was funny when I watched When Harry Met Sally years later, because some of the dialogue in it is taken from Heartburn, but I don't think it was used in the movie Heartburn. :) Now if you don't want to count that. I also really loved The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. Boy are those two different!

    PS Blog follower too. :) I also love cats. ;)

    Thanks a lot.


  43. Deb,

    Thanks for the recommendations! You're the second to recommend the Ishmael Beah book, so I'll have to look it up.


    How sweet! Thanks for following me. I've never read Heartburn, but I think I might have a bashed-up library reject of that book, somewhere. I just have this vague memory. I loved The Hiding Place. It's hard reading, but so good. It really is one of my favorites, but I read it so long ago that I'd forgotten.

    Cats are cool. I just watched a video of a cat coming through its little cat door, followed by a doe coming through the same door. Wild!

  44. I've never really been one for memoires but somehow when they deal with children, my heartstrings are pulled.

    My fav would be Torey Hayden’s One Child.

    lynda98662 at yahoo dot com

  45. Oh Bookfool, of course I like you! I also follow you.

    My favorite is Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller.

    teddyr66 at yahoo dot com

  46. Anonymous6:46 PM

    I just discovered your blog and look very much forward to being able to read your thoughts in the future. :3

    In the meantime, I'd like to enter the giveaway (spiffyish @ hotmail.com). My favorite memoir is Azar Nafisi's "Reading Lolita in Tehran", because it presses many of my "happy buttons": literature, Iran, and beautifully strong women.

    ...Cellini's memoir did crack me up though. I particularly liked the line about how he was, basically, perfection.

  47. Kytaira,

    I've never heard of that one, thanks! I'll look it up. :)

    Teddy Rose,

    Thanks, sweetie. You already know I like you, I'm sure. You're the second to mention Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight. It's one I really want to read!!


    Welcome! It's nice to meet you. :) I haven't read Reading Lolita in Tehran, although I'm pretty sure I have a copy in a pile of books I got from a salvage store.

    Isn't Cellini's autobiography a hoot? For pure entertainment value, I've never found anyone who could beat him. He was so full of himself, but he also did a marvelous job of describing the times and his adventures were mind-blowing.

  48. Chris8:55 PM

    I'm a huge fan of Bill Bryson, so my favorite may have to be A Walk in the Woods.

    I don't have a blog though, so I'm afraid I can't follow you. You are in my RSS reader!


  49. I just loved Frank McCourt's Teacher Man and Haven Kimmel's A Girl Named Zippy. I'd like to be entered in the contest, and my email address is thefiveburts@aol.com

  50. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. I read a great deal of Holocaust fiction and non-fiction. My favorite memoir is Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. Entertaining and amusing. Also, Night by Elie Wiesel. Memorable.

  51. My favorite memoir is "Night" by Elie Wiesel. I can't remember a book that moved me as much as this one did.

    Please count me in - Thanks!

  52. I am slow on the following but have loved your blog since I started reading it. :) I am soooo behind. lol

    My favorite memoir is Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. Not one to be read when you're eating. Oh boy!

    my email is kabraaten@comcast.net. :)

    You rock and thank you for running this awesome drawing!

  53. I also enjoy memoirs. In recent years one of my favorites was Jeanette Walls' The Glass Castle.

  54. Anonymous3:31 PM

    I've had my eye on this book and would love to win a copy.

    wandanamgreb at gmail dot com

  55. Thanks for the comment about Grosvenor Square. I've enjoyed it and it's made me want to read the first one, so I have it on hold at my library!

  56. My favorite memoir is Comfort by Ann Hood.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  57. Anonymous3:57 PM

    My favorite memoir are the Memoirs by Pablo Neruda. Their title in Spanish Confieso que he vivido - I confess that I have lived. I've read them in English and Spanish and they're beautiful - like poetry.

    email: regularrumination@gmail.com

  58. My favorite memoir is I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

    My email is supertalya @ gmail.com

  59. Hello there.. I am not sure if this qualifies as a memoir, but my mind can't get it out of my head right now.. how sad that is you will see: Paul Reiser's Couplehood. I read this when it first came out, and I really enjoyed it. Another was On The Road by Charles Kuralt that I read in High School and I enjoyed it.
    OK so Enter e because I really want this book ;)
    Thanks MarieBurton2004 at yahoo dot com

  60. Hello! I am new to book blogs and am loving them.
    My favorite memoir is "Night" by Eli Weisel, and the Hiding Place...both wonderful reads.
    I love cats too, but am allergic. I currently have two toy poodles.. Poodles and books are my loves.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Dutchlvr1(at aol.com)

  61. I discovered within the last few years that I really love memoirs. I've read a lot of them now and I can't say for sure which is my very favorite but one of them would be Running with Scissors. (I never saw the movie but the book was great, albeit disturbing.)


  62. I've only read a couple of memoirs and I haven't liked the ones that I have chosen so far. I've heard very good reviews of this book, so I'm hoping that this will be the one that I've been waiting for!
    joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

  63. LOL funny, funny girl, I like that lol

  64. Rainy,

    Some days are like that. LOL I spent a lot of time working on my review of The Wonder Singer (and probably made it way too long) so I just had to get away, once I finished. I guess I'll work on this drawing, now!