Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Drawing - WINNERS!!! - A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal

The winners of my drawing for 5 copies of A Lucky Child are:

Lover of Books

Congratulations!! I'll get in touch with you to acquire your addresses.

Want to know the titles of memoirs suggested by entrants? There were quite a few. Some folks were unsure whether their favorites qualified as memoirs and I removed a couple that I knew for sure were not, but the list was humongous. There were quite a few very enthusiastic responses. Thanks for sharing your favorite memoir titles! Here they are:

1. The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls (this one was mentioned more than any other title)
2. A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson (mentioned at least twice; I liked it, also)
3. Catch Me If You Can - Frank Abagnale
4. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic - Alison Bechdel
5. Walking Through Walls - Philip Smith
6. All Over But the Shoutin' - Rick Bragg
7. 50 Acres and a Poodle - Jeanne Laskas (this was mentioned at least twice)
8. Wait till Next Year - Doris Kearns Goodwin
9. Dispatches from the Edge - Anderson Cooper (another one I'll noisily second)
10. Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight - Alexandra Fuller
11. A Year in Provence - Peter Mayle (one thumbs up, one down)
12. The Non-Runner's Marathon Guide for Women - Dawn Dais
13. How Starbucks Saved My Life - Michael Gates Gill (I liked this one, too)
14. Auncun de nous ne reviendra (None of us will return) - Charlotte Delbo
15. Confessions of a Counterfeit Farmgirl - Susan McCorkindale
16. Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
17. I Was Told There'd Be Cake - S. Crossley
18. The Last Tsar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II - Edvard Radzinsky (bio, not memoir)
19. Hope's Boy - Andrew Bridge
20. Marley and Me - John Grogan
21. Angela's Ashes and
22. Teacher Man, both by Frank McCourt
23. Hana's Suitcase - Karen Levine
24. I Am the Central Park Jogger - Trisha Meili (just read this one and I thought it was good, too)
25. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers
26. Up Till Now - William Shatner
27. Here's the Story - Maureen McCormick
28. Night - Elie Weisel (mentioned numerous times)
29. Clear Springs - Bobbie Ann Mason
30. Lucky - Alice Sebold
31. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - Ishmael Beah (mentioned at least twice)
32. The Diary of Anne Frank
33. A Lotus Grows in the Mud - Goldie Hawn
34. I Feel Bad About My Neck and
35. Heartburn, both by Nora Ephron
36. West with the Night - Beryl Markham
37. I'm With the Band - Pamela des Barres
38. 501 Minutes to Christ - Poe Ballantine
39. The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom (mentioned more than once and I agree, this is an old favorite)
40. One Child - Torey Hayden
41. Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi
42. A Girl Named Zippy - Haven Kimmel (yep, I loved that one, too)
43. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson
44. Comfort - Ann Hood
45. Memoirs - Pablo Neruda
46. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
47. Couplehood - Paul Reiser
48. On the Road - Charles Kuralt
49. Running with Scissors - Augusten Burroughs

Wow, that's one heck of a list, isn't it?


  1. Chris8:05 PM


  2. I see a couple I want to read on this huge list! :)

  3. Brittanie,

    So do I. It could end up being a very dangerous list!

  4. LOL--not sure if I should say Yay or Boo to the winners. I guess Yay. Great list of memoirs--it really is a great genre.

  5. Hooray for the lucky winners.

    There are several on that list that I've read but when you asked for our favorites, I couldn't think of a single one.

  6. Nice list! I'm starring it! :)

  7. Excellent list! I'm inspired to set an endcap at work of my favorites. I'll let you know what I put up!

  8. Thank you so much for doing this! :) There are a few I'd like to read as well but well library books just don't happen right now. lol

  9. Congratulations Winners, lucky you!!! lol Thanks for your consideration always Booky ;)

  10. Trish,

    I know the feeling. You can do a fake "Yay". :) It's definitely become a popular genre, hasn't it?


    I go blank like that, all the time. I didn't even think to mention how much I like Bill Bryson.


    That could get you into all sorts of trouble!


    Cool! I love your endcaps!


    If I lived closer, I'd give you my ratty van and driving lessons. I hope you can get out, soon.


    I was kind of hoping you'd win, but that nasty random number generator seldom picks my favorite people. I need a mind-reading, semi-random number generator.

  11. I'm soooo excited! Thank you so much for hosting this contest!

  12. Jo-Jo,

    I love your enthusiasm. :) I'll be having another drawing, soon. Come back to check it out, in a day or two!

  13. Congrats to the winners! I have this book in my TBR pile, close to the top actually since it was sent to me for review (I just have 3 review books ahead of it, eek). I love the list of memoirs. Most of these I have either read or are on my TBR list already. I love memoirs.

  14. congrats to the winners!

    Nancy, Thanks so much for the list and thanks to everyone who contributed to it!

  15. Rebecca,

    I know what you mean about the TBRs and the queue they have to go through to get their chance to be read. I'm going to skip this one, for now, and move on to the next book I'm going to give away: I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti.

    That list is so big and dangerous!! I love memoirs. I'm trying not to look at it. LOL

    Teddy Rose,

    I'm glad you enjoyed that list. :)


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