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Good News and More Good News!

Good News:

Congratulations to “doraquilts” who won the book giveaway for The Other Einstein. I’ll be contacting her to make arrangements for the publisher to send her a copy of the book.

More Good News:

For a limited time the ebook version of The Other Einstein is on sale.


Last Day for The Other Einstein Book Giveaway!

the-other-einsteinThis is indeed the last day to participate in the “no strings attached” giveaway for a copy of The Other Einstein.

The Other Einstein is a really good historical novel. The author uses research to fill in the gaps of what might have occurred in developing the theory of relativity. Einstein’s first wife was also a brilliant scientist in an age where women were not encouraged to use their brains. How much influence did she have? Click here to read the review if you missed it.

Click here for details on the giveaway and to enter.

Swing Time–review and reminder of book giveaway for The Other Einstein

the-other-einsteinSunday, November 20, 2016 is the closing date for the drawing for a free copy of The Other Einstein.  To enter, go back to the ORIGINAL GIVEAWAY POST. It’s easy to enter!


Swing Time

by Zadie Smith

swing-timeSwing Time has been summarized in simplistic terms as the story of two dance-loving brown girls growing up in London.  This friendship is actually only one part of a complicated story that extends from New York through London to West Africa and includes politics, religion, and a variety of cultures.

I was immediately drawn into the story as I read the Prologue.  At that point I had other things to attend to and put the book away with regret thinking “if the Prologue is so engaging, the rest of the book must be fantastic.” And it was. Part of it. Unfortunately, it unintentionally reflected its title swinging back and forth from interesting to “let’s just move on through.”

Zadie Smith is undoubtedly a very good writer.  For Swing Time she draws on her own Jamaican heritage as well as extensive research of West African culture. She also depicts the various social and cultural groups of London. She has interesting characters but she doesn’t always share a satisfactory motivation for their actions. Some of the characters, such as the never-named main character/narrator’s boss and her mother’s partner are important but are treated more as accessories to the story rather than fully developed personalities. I do not regret reading Swing Time, but I wouldn’t reread it.

Note: Language warning

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Penguin Random House UK for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Other Einstein–Book Giveaway!

the-other-einsteinI reviewed a book in mid-October that I enjoyed so much that I decided to host a book giveaway. The publisher, Sourcebooks, is giving away a copy of The Other Einstein to one of my readers. 

Here are the guidelines for this giveaway:

  1. You must be a resident of U.S. or Canada.
  2. You must be 18 years or older.
  3. Winner will be selected by random drawing.
  4. Only one entry per person.
  5. The closing date is Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, at 6:00 P.M. CST.
    One winner will be chosen and announced on November 21, 2016 on this blog using the winner’s blogging name. The winner will also be notified via email.
  6. If after 10 days the winner has not responded, a second random drawing will occur.
  7. The book will be shipped by the publisher, Sourcebooks, after the winner has provided shipping details (name and shipping address) which I will forward to Sourcebooks.

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Sourcebooks is providing this product and shipping free of charge. I was not recompensed in any way for posting this giveaway on my blog.

To participate in the giveaway all you need to do is add a comment below. Seriously, it’s that easy! Thank you for participating.

If you want to read my review of The Other Einstein, just click here!

(In the coming week, I will also publish a question and answer I posed to the author, Marie Benedict. I found her response enlightening and I think you will too.)

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