Thursday, September 4, 2014

What's on Julie Lawson Timmer's Mix a book giveaway

Photo by Myra Klarman
We're excited to introduce you to Julie Lawson Timmer, who is here to celebrate Nostalgia Month with us by talking about her favorite 80s songs! Julie grew up in Stratford, Ontario and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband Dan, their four teenage children and two badly-behaved labs. She is a lawyer by day, a writer, mom/stepmom, fledgling CrossFitter and dreadful cook by night. Her debut novel is Five Days Left (publishing September 9th) and Putnam has FOUR copies for some lucky US readers!

You can find Julie at her website and Twitter.

Top Ten 80s Songs

I loved coming up with this Top Ten list of my favorite bands/songs for the 80s. I spent half of that decade in high school (it was Ontario, and we had grade 13) and almost all of the other half in undergrad. Coming up with this list has brought back so many amazing memories of those two separate times in my life.

10. Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name (My friend Jill and I drove around in her dad's convertible Mustang, belting this out at the top of our lungs)

9. Rush - Tom Sawyer (Fellow Canadians, eh!)

8. Air Supply - All Out Of Love (Man, did my sister and I ever love these guys)

7. Queen - Another One Bites The Dust (My friend Tracy and I, 13 at the time, played this album, each in our own homes, and talked on the phone while we listened to the entire thing, comparing whose record player was faster. Well, mostly, we were talking about boys, but now and then we commented on the turntable speeds).

6. Men At Work - Down Under (We were all so intrigued by their mention of vegemite)

5. Howard Jones - No One Is To Blame (I remember getting ready for school dances with a group of friends as this blasted in the background).

4. Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes (Who can forget John Cusack in Say Anything?)

3. Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me (Judd Nelson's anthem from The Breakfast Club).

2. Orchestral Maneuvers In the Dark - If You Leave (My brother made me a mixed tape of OMD and I played it until it fell apart).

1. Modern English - Melt With You (This was on a mixed tape that a boyfriend made for me. Another tape I played so much it finally fell apart).

Mara Nichols is a successful lawyer, devoted wife and adoptive mother who has received a life-shattering diagnosis. Scott Coffman, a middle school teacher, has been fostering an eight-year-old boy while the boy's mother serves a jail sentence. Scott and Mara both have five days left until they must say good-bye to the ones they love the most. FIVE DAYS LEFT explores the individual limits of human endurance and the power of relationships, and shows us that sometimes loving someone means holding on, and sometimes it means letting go.

Thanks to Julie for getting some great songs in our heads and to Putnam for sharing her book with our readers!

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Janine said...

It's hard for me to pick just three 80s songs, because I have so many favorites.

Still Loving You by the Scorpions
Paradise City by Guns N Roses
Here I Go Again by Whitesnake

Unknown said...

In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins
Patience by Guns N Roses
I Love Rock N Roll by Joan Jett

Melanie Backus said...

Wind Beneath My Wings
Up Where You Belong
Endless Love

Wall-to-wall books said...

Whitney Houston - I wanna Dance with Somebody
Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight
John "Cougar" Mellancamp - Jack and Diane

Wow so many good ones! That was hard.

This book sound real good! Sad, but I love sad books.

rhonda said...

I love rock&troll
In the air tonight
Beneath my wings

JJT said...

I love rock&troll
In the air tonight
Beneath my wings

Jennifer Huelsebusch said...

Girls Just Want to have fun. cyndi Lauper
Livin' on a prayer Bon Jovi
Anything by Duran Duran

Carl Scott said...

John Waite - Missing You
Talking Heads - Burning Down the House
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer

Anonymous said...

Girls on Film - Duran Duran
There's A Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode


jpetroroy said...

In the Air Tonight
Endless Love
Wind Beneath My Wings

bn100 said...

with or without you
Eye of the Tiger
Don't Stop Believin'
Let's Dance
Walk This Way

Jenny B said...

Journey Don't Stop Believin'

Hailey Fish said...

1. Jack and Diane by John Cougar Mellencamp
2. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
3. You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson

Unknown said...

I Wanna Dance with Somebody-Whitney Houston
PYT-Michael Jackson
99 Balloons (not sure who sings that!)

Andrya said...

Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight
Reo Speedwagon - Keep on Loving You
Air Supply - All Out of Love

Rosemary Huelsebusch said...

You Shook M all Night Long. ACDC
Jesse's Girl. Rick Springfield
I Love a Rock and Roll. Joan Jett &Blackhearts

Unknown said...

--Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach"
--MJ's "Billie Jean"
--Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight"

Rita Wray said...

Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams
Live Wire by Motley Crue
Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi

susieqlaw said...

Summer of '69
Crazy For You