Reading Lark has been given the opportunity to spotlight the "Book Lust Rediscoveries" collection from Nancy Pearl. We are also excited to be able to offer up TWO prize packs for two of our lucky readers to win; each winner will receive the FOUR books mentioned in the "Book Lust Rediscoveries". We'd like to thank EMG Promotions for providing the books for this giveaway and shipping the prizes. Giveaway details and rules can be found at the bottom of this post.
Book Lust Rediscoveries is a series devoted to reprinting some of the best (and now out of print) novels originally published between 1960-2000. Each book is personally selected by Nancy Pearl and includes an introduction by her, as well as discussion questions for book groups and a list of recommended further reading.
Nancy Pearl is a librarian and lifelong reader. She regularly comments on books on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Her books include 2003’s Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason, 2005’s More Book Lust: 1,000 New Reading Recommendations for Every Mood, Moment and Reason; Book Crush: For Kids and Teens: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest, published in 2007, and 2010’s Book Lust To Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers. Among her many awards and honors are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal; the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association; the 2010 Margaret E. Monroe Award from the Reference and Users Services Association of the American Library Association; and the 2004 Women's National Book Association Award, given to "a living American woman who... has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation."
A Gay and Melancholy Sound by Merle Miller
Confronting personal and professional collapse, Joshua Bland allows himself eight days to get his affairs in order by recording on tape the first honest account of how events in his past brought him to the present day. Witty, smart, and viscerally powerful, A Gay and Melancholy Sound is "one of my all-time favorite novels," says Nancy Pearl.
After Life by Rhian Ellis
Naomi lives with her mother in Train Line, New York, a community of clairvoyants, aura-readers, and fortune-tellers. There she comes of age, finds work as a medium, and falls in love with a graduate student whose death will change her life forever. Bestselling author Ann Patchett calls After Life, "that rarest of wonders, a book that is both exquisitely written and a thrill to read."
Fool by Frederick G. Dillen
Barnaby Griswold is doomed by the fact that his father believes that he is a “fluffmeister,” someone who will never accomplish anything. After his wife insists on getting divorced, and he loses his home and his high-powered, well-paying job in the financial industry, Barnaby has to figure out if his father was right or if he can repair his life.
The Last Night at the Ritz by Elizabeth Savage
Readers of Joanna Trollope or Anne Tyler may enjoy this intelligent, captivating, and not entirely trustworthy (unnamed) narrator. She invites three close friends to lunch with her at the Ritz Hotel, in Boston, for her birthday. Two of them are a long married couple she has known since college days. The third was once her lover. The lunch quickly takes an unexpected turn.
Thank you EMG Promotions for providing the giveaway! TWO readers will snag all the books in the Book Lust Rediscovered Series. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. You must be 18+ years of age to enter. No PO Boxes.