Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Giveaway of THE PENGUIN BOOK OF WITCHES

Fascinating and insightful. With her usual skill, Katherine Howe navigates the winding path leading to Salem’s hysteria and beyond. A must-read for anyone who wants to know not only what happened but also how and why.

—Brunonia Barry, New York Times-bestselling author of The Lace Reader

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Enter here for a chance to win a copy of this book until October 7.

USA and CANADA ONLY please

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THE PENGUIN BOOK OF WITCHES
Edited by Katherine Howe


Publishing in time for Halloween, Penguin Classics is proud to present an original collection of chilling real-life accounts of accused witches, from medieval Europe through colonial America

THE PENGUIN BOOK OF WITCHES (A Penguin Classics Original; On-sale September 30, 2014; $17.00; ISBN: 978-0-14-310618-0), edited and with an introduction by Katherine Howe, the New York Times-bestselling author of several novels about witches and a teacher in the American Studies program at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, THE PENGUIN BOOK OF WITCHES is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends.

Bringing to life stories like that of Eunice Cole, tried for attacking a teenage girl with a rock and buried with a stake through her heart; Jane Jacobs, a Bostonian so often accused of witchcraft that she took her tormentors to court on charges of slander; and Increase Mather, an exorcism-performing minister famed for his knowledge of witches, THE PENGUIN BOOK OF WITCHES provides a unique tour through the darkest history of English and North American witchcraft.

Ideal for fans of the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, the Harry Potter series, and Half Bad by Sally Green, THE PENGUIN BOOK OF WITCHES is sure to thrill, fascinate, and perhaps even frighten readers of all kinds.

MORE PRAISE FOR THE PENGUIN BOOK OF WITCHES

This comprehensive collection of carefully selected documents and published primary materials, coupled with judicious and informative introductions, will help modern readers understand the seemingly inexplicable and persistent popular phenomenon of belief in witchcraft from the seventeenth century into more modern times.”

—Mary Beth Norton, author of In the Devil’s Snare

An informative and engaging series of texts that Katherine Howe introduces in a crisp and well-informed manner. The chronological breadth is unusual, but it allows us to grasp more fully the continuities that mark the history of witch-hunting on both sides of the Atlantic.

—David D. Hall, Harvard Divinity School


About the Editor: 


KATHERINE HOWE, the direct descendant of three accused Salem witches, is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, The House of Velvet and Glass, and the young-adult novel Conversion, a modern-day retelling of The Crucible set in a Massachusetts prep school. She teaches in the American Studies program at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. You can visit her website at www.katherinehowe.com.

THE PENGUIN BOOK OF WITCHES
Katherine Howe ▪ A Penguin Classics Original ▪ $17.00
On-sale September 30, 2014 ▪ ISBN: 978-0-14-310618-0
ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK

www.penguinclassics.com

Monday, September 29, 2014

Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen Is On Sale Now

The wait is over!   

Juliet’s Nurse has hit the shelves and the critics have taken notice.

Do YOU have your copy?  Thanks to David Brown of Atria Books, I have one.  :)

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What makes this prequel and retelling of Romeo and Juliet such a great read?

Take a look:  Named one of the TEN FALL/WINTER TITLES TO READ NOW by EarlyWord.com, which calls Juliet’s Nurse “a sure bet for fans of Geraldine Brooks,” noting, “To Leveen’s wonderfully crafted plot, add lovely language and a cast of truly complex characters.” Read the full review here

Library Journal says Juliet’s Nurse is “beautifully written…Leveen’s intricate storytelling is impressive.”

HistoricalNovels.info  says,”Earthy, witty, emotionally vibrant and all too human, Angelica makes Juliet’s Nurse a compelling read, sometimes delightful, sometimes heart-wrenching.”

BookTrib.com  described Juliet’s Nurse as “Sumptuously researched” promising “you’ll never think about Romeo and Juliet quite the same way again.”

Read an excerpt of Juliet’s Nurse to see why the reviewers have fallen in love with Leveen’s writing.
Learn more about Juliet’s Nurse at Lois’s official site and follow her on Facebook and Twitter

Get a behind-the-scenes look by reading Lois’s reflections on why Shakespeare remains so popular on ReadingThePast.Com  and check out the latest interviews with Lois from The Bainbridge Island Review, Romance at Random, the Oregonian, and Portland Monthly.

What did you think? Share your reviews of Juliet’s Nurse with us at:

AtriaNewsRoom@simonandschuster.com!

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Award-winning author Lois Leveen dwells in the spaces where literature and history meet.  Her work has appeared in numerous literary and scholarly journals, as well as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Bitch magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, and on NPR.  Lois gives talks about writing and history at universities, museums, and libraries around the country.  She lives in Portland, Oregon, with two cats, one Canadian, and 60,000 honeybees.

Visit her online at LoisLeveen.com and Facebook.com/LoisLeveen.

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Mailbox Monday - 9/29/14

 
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do).    

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at Mailbox Monday.


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Every week Mailbox Monday will have a new linky posted for our Mailbox Monday links at Marcia's Mailbox Monday blog.

Here’s a shout out to the new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Vicki of I’d Rather Be at the Beach
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit 

THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive. 

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I hope you had a good mailbox.  

A lean week for me, but that is definitely ok.  

Look what I had to do with a few books because my shelves are so filled.  :)




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On Friday, September 26, I received:

1.  THE FRAGILE WORLD by Paula Treick DeBoard, courtesy of Emer Flounders of Harlequin/MIRA.



This was a surprise.  I like the cover.
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 How about your mailbox?   

Any titles in your mailbox that you were excited about seeing?
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 9/29/14

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I hope you had a great reading week.  
 
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This is a weekly meme run by Book Journey!
 

Post the books completed last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week. 


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Books Completed Last Week:


RUTH'S JOURNEY by Donald McCaig


A tale of everyone's beloved Mammy from GONE WITH THE WIND.  The book was an ok read.

It didn't get good until Mammy got to Tara. 

Review is in the book's title.

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Book Currently Reading: 

THIS IS THE WATER by Yannick Murphy.

This is the book I won for my book club, and it is our October read.


Books Up Next:


CROOKED RIVER by Valerie Geary



AN UNSEEMINGLY WIFE by E. B. Moore



VILLAGE OF SECRETS by Caroline Moorehead.



HIGH SEAS DARKNESS by Burr B. Anderson


THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo

GARDEN OF LETTERS by Alyson Richman


TAHOE GHOST by Todd Borg



THE BEEKEEPER'S BALL by Susan Wiggs



NATCHEZ BURNING by Greg Isles

MADAME PICASSO by Anne Girard


THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR by Joel Dicker


THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME by Hazel Gaynor


WOMAN OF ILL FAME by Erika Mailman



THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS by Elizabeth Gilbert



PERFECT by Rachel Joyce


UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY by Nancy Horan


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The books below are not necessarily in the order I have planned to read them.  

I normally read in order of publication or tour date.

And....these are not for reading in the upcoming week.  They are books into and including all of 2014.

The "list" is a means of keeping me organized.  A visual display helps a lot for organization along with my Excel lists. 

     


How was your reading week?