All through the months I save advance copies of books until I build up a perfect book bundle just waiting to be mailed into a happy reader’s hot little hands.
The newest bundle is an amazing collection of nonfiction, memoir and biography.featuring some really big names.
- Dancing with the Enemy: My Family’s Holocaust Secret by Paul Glaser. Raised Roman Catholic, the author learned that his family had Jewish roots. While researching his family he found out the story of his Aunt Rosie, betrayed to the Nazis, who survived Auschwitz by teaching dance lessons to the SS.
- Glitter and Glue: A Memoir by Kelly Corrigan. The author of previous memoirs Lift and The Middle Place, here Corrigan tells of her tricky relationship with her mother which gained even more depth after she became a nanny in Australia.
- Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward. Ward won the National Book Award for her Hurricane Katrina novel Salvage the Bones. Here she shares the story of her family in rural Mississippi, their community, their struggle and most of all, the tragic loss of five young black men in her life, including her brother. A vital book on race and place in the US.
- Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart. Renowned for witty and strong fiction such as Absurdistan, Shteyngart was born “Igor” in Leningrad near the end of the Soviet Union. He shares his immigrant experience and how he earned his mother’s nickname, “Failurchka,”–little failure, by refusing to be a lawyer or accountant.
- Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink. Haunting from the very first page, Fink’s meticulously researched book follows the plight of a group of doctors, nurses, patients and family members trapped in Memorial Hospital during Katrina.
- The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy. Conroy is a master of both fiction (The Prince of Tides) and memoir (My Losing Season) but here he focuses on the strongest figure in his life and his career: his father Don Conroy, who he used as a model for Bull Meachem in his novel The Great Santini.
- Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang. At the age of 16, Cixi was chosen to be a concubine of the emperor. When he died, her five-year-old son took the throne and she took over the country behind the scenes. An amazing story of the most important woman in Chinese history.
One lucky reader gets ALL of these books, can you believe it? Some are already out, but some won’t be available until 2014. You lucky winner, you. Enter through the widget below. Contest ends Wednesday at midnight.