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Get Glue Winner + Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Get Glue Decewy Decimal Challenge last month! Through a random name-picking-out-of-a-hat, the winner of February’s giveaway is Eva from A Striped Armchair!!.

Congrats!

But don’t despair. I have another prize this month! But this is one more general. I’m giving away an extra copy of Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo. Just leave me a comment with your favorite Jane Austen book and why. Double points if you link to this giveaway on your blog, Triple points if you also include a review for the Dewey Decimal Challenge. I’ll name a winner at the end of the month (April 1st).

Jane Austen Ruined My Life

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Reviews for Feb. Giveaway

Please post your reviews for the February portion of the Dewey Decimal Challnege here, either as a link, or leave a short summary/review in the comments box if you don’t have your own blog. Remember that users who include a Glue ID will be entered twice to double the chance of winning. I’ll also have a link to post in The Dewey Decimal Challenge section of  this site.

Let me know if you have any questions!

February Giveaway – Guest Post

Since AdaptiveBlue is sponsoring the February giveaway for the Dewey Decimal Challenge and will be giving extra entries to people who join Glue, here’s Laura from AdaptiveBlue with the who, what why on Glue: what it is, how it works, and why it’s catching on around the blogosphere. Stayed tuned to the end of the post to learn more about the giveaway.

Glue is a Firefox add-on that connects you to friends around the web. As you visit everyday topics, such as books, music, and movies on popular sites, Glue appears automatically to show you friends who looked at the same thing, if they liked it, and even their opinion.

Everyone has their favorite book site, but this isn’t a problem for Glue.  If both Nari and I were interested in Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and she visited the book on Amazon, and I looked at it on Barnes and Nobles, we are still connected.  Glue pulls people together across these diverse websites and pages to connect them around the common thing: an interest in the same book.

You might be confused reading this, but as Wired has said, “using [Glue] is actually much simpler than describing what it does.”  Wired also said the Glue is “the single most useful social networking tool I’ve encountered” 🙂  So let me show you what I mean.

Glue appears automatically at the top of the page to show other friends who have interacted with the same book around the web.  With a single click you can let your friends know that you like the book. You can even leave a short “2Cent” comment which will appear whenever a friend looks at that book, no matter what site they are on.

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Instantly I am able to see that Nari likes this book. It’s worth pointing out again that Nari appears on this Barnes and Nobles page even though she visited the book on Amazon.  It also shows other friends who looked at the book, along with other interesting people.  When I scroll over Nari’s avatar, I can see her “2Cent” comment, letting me know her thoughts on this book.  Some book bloggers like to put a link to their review on a book in 2Cents.  This is extremely useful  since their reviews can be available anytime anyone visits that book, on any site!

By clicking on your friends’ profiles you can also see what other books they enjoy.  This is all without navigating away from the page you are on.

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A concern might be, “What if I’m looking at items I don’t want friends to see?” For example, if you are shopping for a gift.  All you have to do is scroll over your picture, and delete that book from your history. 
You can watch a short video on http://getglue.com/ to get a better understanding of Glue

The web is filled with noise, and Glue is able to pull relevant information exactly when and where you need it.

For questions about Glue please email us or Twitter: @adaptiveblue.

The giveaway: Everyone who posts  a  comment to a specified post with their review will be entered to win a book of their choice from Amazon. Its a great prize!

I’m still experimenting with Glue, but its a pretty cool widget. What do you guys think? What sorts of cool online networking tools do you use?

The Secret Life of Bees – Book Giveaway winner

The winner of my second giveaway, The Secret Life of Bees, goes to Amanda! If you are in the mood, check out her blog over at Life and Times of a New Yorker for some great book reviews.

Thanks again to everyone who participated. I will be hosting more giveaways, so please keep an eye out for those announcements. =)

The Secret Life of Bees – Review

 

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Age: YA

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is a very heartfelt and touching coming of age story centered around fourteen year old Lily Owens in 1964 South Carolina.  When Lily walks into town with her strong-willed black “stand-in mother” Rosaleen, a series of events unravel changing Lily’s and Rosaleen’s life. When Rosaleen stands up to the three of the worst racists in the town on her way to register to vote, Rosaleen is arrested while Lily is sent home to her abusive father. Deciding that their lives need a change, Lily manages to run-away with Rosaleen and head to the Tiburon, South Carolina, where Lily hopes to learn more about her mother. There is a touching line shortly before Lily runs away. When returning home from jail, waiting for her father, she sees that the bees she had been collecting in a glass jar had finally flown away, they took back their freedom. Looking at this empty jar, Lily thinks to herself,

‘You could say I’d never had a true religious moment, the kind where you know yourself spoken to by a voice that seems other than yourself, spoken to so genuinely you see the words shining on trees and clouds. But I had such a moment right then, standing in my own ordinary room. I heard a voice say, Lily Melissa Owens, your jar is open.” (p41)

All Lily has of her mother is a blurred memory of the day she died, a picture of her mother, and a picture of a black Mary with Tiburon, S.C. written on the back. As fate would have it, Lily and Rosaleen move in with three eccentric and friendly black beekeeping sisters, makers of the Black Madonna Honey that adorns a label of the black Mary exactly like the one Lily found with her mother’s belongings.

Kidd had a strong variety of themes running through the novel; social commentary on racism in the south, religious themes from the slightly unorthodox religious views of the Daughter’s of Mary group, and also there are themes of love, and of forgiveness. Kidd manages to weave all these themes together to create a story that any reader can relate to. Each chapter begins with a short sentence on bees, their social life and the entire bee structure, how they work, how they stay together. Kidd manages to weave in each commentary on bee into the chapter. The story is about Lily coming of age and learning about her mother, so Lily gets the most attention in the novel. The supporting characters are set as one-dimensional backdrops to Lily’s acceptance of herself and her realizations about life and how she is living her life. On some level it works, because the story is about Lily’s transformation, not about June or August, or even Rosaleen. Other times, it doesn’t work because the supporting characters are set up to be eccentric, strong-willed and should have had more of a force in the book than they did. Even Rosaleen loses most of her presence in the novel. Rosaleen’s character is pretty much neglected once the Boatwright sisters come into the picture. Lily is constantly looking for a mother figure, and she transferred that role from Rosaleen to August almost instantly moving into the house.

There is a high demand for this title at my library, and it seems we can never keep a copy on the shelf. I’m wondering if other places are having this same issue. To do my part, I’d like to giveaway my copy of this book. If you are interested in receiving this title, simply leave a comment on this post, or any following post by Sunday August 24th, and I’ll hold a raffle to choose the winner. You’ll get one entry for each comment and an extra entry if you blog about this giveaway on your blog/website.

FINAL GRADE: B+

The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
Penguin Group, 2002
ISBN 0142001740
302 pages
 
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Find this book at your local library

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Traci L. Slatton – Interview

Thanks to the powers that be, I was sent an e-interview with Traci L. Slatton author of Immortal. If you haven’t already, please check out my review and giveaway of a copy to one lucky winner!

Q&A for Traci Slatton
Author of Immortal
Tracilslatton.com

1. Tell us about your book, Immortal.

Immortal is a rags-to-riches-to-burnt-at-the-stake story. It’s a journey of spirit and an education of the heart. That said, it’s the story of a mysteriously gifted street urchin who undergoes the darkest moments possible and still goes on to find true love, deep friendship, hope, faith, and ultimately the deepest secrets of his origins.

2. Why did you write this book?

I love to tell stories! I was working on a non-fiction book about science and spirituality. ( Piercing Time & Space, ARE Press, Virginia Beach, VA: 2005.) It was fascinating research, but I found myself longing to write fiction, to create characters and wrap myself around adventure, conflict, and obstacle. Story lust drove me.

3. The book takes place in Florence during the Renaissance: What inspired you to choose this setting?

This goes back to the previous question. Renaissance Florence is a character in this novel–it’s inextricably interwoven into the story. It’s why I wrote THIS book. More explicitly, I am married to Sabin Howard, who is one of the foremost classical figurative sculptors working today. (www.sabinhoward.com) Think Michelangelo’s work: that’s what my husband’s work resembles. Moreover, Sabin is half-Italian; his mother is from Torino and he is completely fluent in the language. So, for him, Renaissance Italy is alive and well. It’s a part of our everyday discourse. I was always interested in Renaissance art but it’s become a passion because of living with Sabin.

Also, Florence between 1300 and 1500 was an intense and extraordinary place, almost unequalled in history. Art, philosophy, learning, commerce, banking, and government were all burgeoning and concentrated into this small city, making it the center of Europe. Out of Florence radiated invention and innovation. One of the popes called it “The fifth element of the universe.” Only Paris between the two world wars comes close to the fervor of creativity that was taking place in Florence during the Renaissance. It’s a powerful time to write about.

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