Friday, September 25, 2015

What's in the mail...plus a giveaway

Melissa A:

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain from St. Martin's Press

Star Craving Mad by Elise A. Miller from BookSparks

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh from Book of the Month Club
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling from
Penguin Random House

The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman from
St. Martin's Press

Dear Internet: It's Me, Avery by/from Jennifer Ammoscato (e-book)

Before We Were Strangers by/from Renee Carlino, won from Great Thoughts' Great Readers

Melissa A and Amy:

The Restaurant Critic's Wife by Elizabeth La Ban from Lake Union Publishing

Amy:

Whistling Women by Kelly Romo
from Lake Union Publishing

Melissa A and Jami:

Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain from St. Martin's Press and BookSparks (respectively)

Denise:

Biglaw by Lindsay Cameron from BookSparks

Becky:

Meet Me On The Beach by Hilary Boyd from Quercus

Tremarnock by Emma Burstall
from Head of Zeus

The Twelve Dates of Christmas 
by Lisa Dickenson from Sphere


What could be in YOUR mail:

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Courtesy of Penguin Random House, we have one copy for a lucky reader anywhere in the world!

From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal.

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions,” Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman’s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady,” she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes,” Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)

Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

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13 comments:

Bonnie Franks said...

Let's just say that when I was very young, and wearing wigs was the thing to do, my good friend at work (I have recently reconnected with her through fb) and I were walking down the sidewalk, talking and laughing, when all at once, she doubled over laughing, pointing at me, and I got into my very indignant, hand on hip pose saying "What?" over and over and this went on for a really long time. She finally pointed at the tree and I turned around to look and there was my hair hanging on a branch......on my head was the pantyhose I used to hold my real hair. We were in dresses and heels and make-up and such, because that's how we dressed for work. I did get her back one day when she came to work with eye make-up on one eye. Just one.

Janine said...

I can't think of anything off the top of my head, but me and my friend laughed a lot yesterday when we were together. It was just silly stuff.

susieqlaw said...

My friend and I went on a road trip last winter, and pretty much everything that happened that day was one funny experience after another!

traveler said...

My friend and I would dress up in outfits from the 1950's since we grew up during that era and we would act as if this was our normal everyday attire. Everyone would admire and stare.

Cher B said...

So many funny stories come to mind, but especially one I talked about this morning: About fifteen years ago, before smart phones and gps devices, I went on a roadtrip with my dear friend Andrea. I flew to Louisville, KY from Florida and she drove from Cincinnati, OH, just over the Kentucky border and picked me up at the airport. We planned to drive to several destinations in Kentucky and Tennessee for business and hoped to sightsee and have fun between meetings. Andrea is great friend and an excellent driver but I soon learned she has absolutely no directional sense whatsoever. We were lost almost from the minute we left the airport and managed to take the wrong charming little Kentucky bridge to wind up half an hour later in Indiana. She was not pleased when I gleefully insisted she stop at a gas station so I could buy something to prove we'd been to Indiana, but things got better from there. I bought a map and took over navigation for the rest of the trip, and we managed to make the rest of our destinations, and took some sightseeing detours in the hills of Kentucky and Tennessee.
Loking forward to reading Mindy Kaling's new book; loved her last one!

Kaley Stewart said...

I was about 15 or so and at my best friend's house. There was ALWAYS music playing at their house and while she was finishing up the dishes, I was walking from her bedroom through the living room to the kitchen. It must have been country or something on the stereo because I walked into the kitchen playing my air banjo only to find that she was doing the exact same thing!

Mary Preston said...

My friend & I turned up to a party wearing identical dresses. It was not planned. People asked if were were twins. We said YES!!!

Patricia said...

It's probably one of those you had to be there things, but it makes us laugh still. There was a big table of us at a restaurant. After a long wait, when the waiter came to the table and asked, "Who ordered the Oysters Rockefeller?," and we saw whose husband had ordered it, we started to laugh. All we have to do is say Oysters Rockefeller and we still laugh.

bn100 said...

fun times when playing games

rhonda said...

My Bf&i find each other hilarious we did as kids&snow as adults.

rubynreba said...

My friend and I stayed out late one night and went to the playground and had fun on the equipment meant for MUCH Younger people!

JJT said...

It's always a good time when you're with friend!

Rhonda Gothier said...

Bottomed out my parents car in high school sneaking 3 of my friends in the trunk of my car into the drive in!