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Thanks to Penguin Random House, we have a copy of House Broken for a lucky US reader!
Synopsis of House Broken:
For veterinarian Geneva Novak, animals can be easier to understand than people. They’re also easier to forgive. But when her mother, Helen, is injured in a vodka-fueled accident, it’s up to Geneva to give her the care she needs.
Since her teens, Geneva has kept her self-destructive mother at arm’s length. Now, with two slippery teenagers of her own at home, the last thing she wants is to add Helen to the mix. But Geneva’s husband convinces her that letting Helen live with them could be her golden chance to repair their relationship.
Geneva isn’t expecting her mother to change anytime soon, but she may finally get answers to the questions she’s been asking for so long. As the truth about her family unfolds, however, Geneva may find secrets too painful to bear and too terrible to forgive.
Oprah used to give away her "favorite things" on her show. If you were to do a show where you could give people FIVE of your "favorite things," what would you include and how would you present it?
Oprah hid her gifts under the seats of her audience. My first favorite thing, which holds all the others, fits under a seat, too, but the one in front of you—on an airplane. What I’d really like to share is my favorite activity, travelling, but we’ll have to settle for the goods that make travel better.
The perfect travel bag. I’ve used a Sherpani Priya laptop tote for a couple years now. It holds everything I need and does it without looking like an overloaded diaper bag. It has enough pockets but not so many I risk forgetting where I stashed things, and it zips closed so I can lay it on its side and prop my feet on it.
Okay, so what’s inside?
A ticket, of course! My husband and I are adventurous, and have a long list of far-flung places we’re eager to visit. We don’t favor resorts or tours, preferring instead to muddle through a new country on our own, meeting locals and learning about the place firsthand. In the last few years we’ve been to Morocco, Chile and Venezuela, where we backpacked in the Andes. On Molokai, we rented a tiny house on the beach, ate mostly baked potatoes and pineapple, and rode bikes into the mountains. Yeah, we can’t even go to Hawaii the way normal people do.
I know not everyone is so adventurous, but I’d encourage the recipient to choose a destination a little out of their comfort zone. Something new that might challenge their expectations. One of my favorite things about traveling is seeing how similar people are, fundamentally, the world over. I find it reassuring and hopeful.
In case you’re wondering, the ticket would be first-class, because I’m channeling Oprah, right? The adventure starts after the plane lands. Until then, pass the champagne.
An e-reader. I love the feel of a real book in my hands as much as the next person, but thank goodness we don’t have to lug a dozen books when we travel. More room for shoes! I’d load up the reader with a variety of books, including ones set in the destination, plus a travel guide and phrase book.
Noise-cancelling headphones. A travel essential right up there with black leggings. Not only does the in-flight movie sound better, but you can block out your fellow travelers and concentrate on your book, or your music. And not just on the plane, but any time you’d like a little peace and quiet.
A new day. A new place. And, always, at the end, the promise of home.
Thanks to Sonja for sharing her favorite travel items with us and Penguin Random House for sharing her book with our readers!
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