Thursday, April 29, 2010

Blogmania Sponsor

This Friday, April 30th is Blogmania, a giveaway extravaganza spanning over one hundred blog sites of all kinds. Alison's Book Marks is only one of the many stops where you can win some great prizes, but I wanted to give my readers a heads-up to let you know some of the prizes I will be offering for this ONE DAY ONLY.

Hachette Book Group has very generously given us TWO amazing books that will be offered here at Alison's Book Marks on Friday! 

Spent:  Memoirs of a Shopping Addict by Avis Cardella
(Little, Brown and Company; May 14, 2010)

Synopsis from Hachette Book Group:
As a child, Avis Cardella devoured the glamorous images in her mother's fashion magazines. She grew up to be one of the people in them, living a life that seemed to be filled with labels and luxury. But shopping had become a dangerous addiction. She forwent food for Prada. Credit card debt blossomed like the ever-increasing pile of unworn shoes and clothing in the back of her closet. She defined herself by the things she owned and also lost herself in the mad hunt for the perfect pair of pants or purse that might make her feel whole.

Spent is Avis Cardella's timely, deeply personal, and shockingly dramatic exploration of our cultural need to spend, and of what happens when someone is consumed by the desire to consume.

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve
(Back Bay Books; May 4, 2010, paperback)

Synopsis from Hachette Book Group:
Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure-a year living in Kenya. Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn't know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own husband.

A British couple invites the newlyweds to join on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, and they eagerly agree. But during their harrowing ascent, a horrific accident occurs. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how these events have transformed her and her marriage, perhaps forever.
A Change in Altitude illuminates the inner landscape of a couple, the irrevocable impact of tragedy, and the elusive nature of forgiveness. With stunning language and striking emotional intensity, Anita Shreve transports us to the exotic panoramas of Africa and into the core of our most intimate relationships.

Reading Group Guide for A Change In Altitude.

Article: A Change in Altitude

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These are two AMAZING books.  Many thanks to Valerie at Hachette Book Group!!!
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