Auction #90 Signed copy of Left Neglected & Still Alice by Lisa Genova

As tempted as I was to keep these for myself (just kidding!) I thought maybe you guys would like the chance to read them.

Book description:

Still Alice

Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman”s sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer”s disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University.

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer”s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what”s it”s like to literally lose your mind…

Reminiscent of A Beautiful Mind, Ordinary People and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Still Alice packs a powerful emotional punch and marks the arrival of a strong new voice in fiction.

Left Neglected

Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children-Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus. 

Between recruiting the best and brightest minds as the vice president of human resources at Berkley Consulting; shuttling the kids to soccer, day care, and piano lessons; convincing her son’s teacher that he may not, in fact, have ADD; and making it home in time for dinner, it’s a wonder this over-scheduled, over-achieving Harvard graduate has time to breathe.

 A self-confessed balloon about to burst, Sarah miraculously manages every minute of her life like an air traffic controller. Until one fateful day, while driving to work and trying to make a phone call, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In the blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her jam-packed life come to a screeching halt.   

A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world, and for once, Sarah relinquishes control to those around her, including her formerly absent mother. Without the ability to even floss her own teeth, she struggles to find answers about her past and her uncertain future. 

Now, as she wills herself to regain her independence and heal, Sarah must learn that her real destiny-her new, true life-may in fact lie far from the world of conference calls and spreadsheets. And that a happiness and peace greater than all the success in the world is close within reach, if only she slows down long enough to notice.

Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for the donation. http://www.simonandschuster.ca/

  • This auction will run from today until 11:59 pm Est June 16th and is open to North America.
  • All bids will be in Canadian funds.
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Auction #89 Signed copy of Snow Day by Werner Zimmermann & a signed, numbered print

This auction, along with Zimmermann’s wonderful kids book Snow Day, includes a gorgeous print from the book. The print (aprox value $89) would look great in an office or child’s room. The actual print is 12.5X19″ but the picture in total is 18X24″.

Book description:

Looking out on their newly frosted windows one morning, two young brothers watch millions of pure white snowfl akes floating down. Everything is covered in a thick blanket of snow. Will it be deep enough? Soon come the two magical words they”ve been waiting for: SNOW DAY! They scramble into their coats and boots ? it”s time for hockey and tag and building a snow fort. Then, with stinging faces and frozen toes, it”s time for a hot-chocolate break and drying out of wet mittens. Toasty warm once again, they head back outside for more fun in the snow. When at last it”s time for sleep, they fall into bed, exhausted. Outside, the snow comes drifting down again . . .Will they awake to yet another snow day? Werner Zimmermann”s playful text, coupled with beautifully crafted watercolour illustrations, captures all the excitement and wonder of a snow day.

Thanks to Werner Zimmermann for the donation. http://wernerzimmermann.blogspot.com/

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Auction #88 Signed copies of Civil and Civic by Jonathan Bennett & The Semiconducting Dictionary by Natalee Caple

This auction is for two signed poetry books by a couple of wonderful Canadian poets.

Civil and Civic

The poems of Jonathan Bennett’s second collection, Civil and Civic, probe for present meanings of civility and civic mindedness, search for boundaries between private and public realms, and question the sprawling and often unintended effects of transparency and obligation. Medicine, the military, science, public relations, social justice, media, business, and the environmental movement are just some of the worlds these poems inhabit.

Not without a spirit of play, in Civil and Civic Bennett emerges as a disquieting curator, giving the reader poetry that is relevant, humane, political, investigative, and outward looking. Yet, within which, he supplies voice to private moments, isolated or suppressed incidents, and to the happy accidents that can occur within language when irreconcilable spheres of influence meet and open up new meanings, ideas, hope even.

The Semiconducting Dictionary

The Semiconducting Dictionary: Our Strindberg is a playful original re-visioning of the life of notorious misogynist and modern drama master August Strindberg, mixing prose and poetry of various forms from different historical periods including straightforward lyric, found poetry, haibun, list poems, magic spells, and alchemical recipes to construct a portrait and to tell a story.

August Strindberg is a hotly debated figure, a master of the Modern theatre and a contemporary of Ibsen; the influence of Strindbergs work continues to this day. However, in contemporary times his often outrageous misanthropy and misogyny (he claimed that women were demons) have been variously apologized for as poetic licence, self-portrait, critical posture, or simply mistaken (how could he be a misogynist when there were so many women in his life?). Caple contributes to the apologist literature surrounding him by pretending that he was actually a woman playwright living as a man and his supposed hatred either part of the disguise or else self-loathing. By embracing Strindberg, Caple is able to highlight the excessive beauty of human complications and to represent a world at the end of the enlightenment, as the magic of the church gave way to the magic of the sciences.

Thanks so much to ECW for the donation. http://ecwpress.com

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Auction #86 Signed books and faerie doll by Maggie Wood

You gotta love an author who also crafts wonderful faerie dolls.  These books sound AMAZING and the doll would look lovely on my desk. I mean on YOUR desk. :p

Book description:


The Divided Realms, Book 1: Captured

Fifteen-year-old Willow Kingswell has been listening to her Nana’s tales of faeries and enchanted kingdoms for as long as she can remember. But when she is magically transported to the realm of Mistolear, she is stunned to learn that the stories were true, and that she is actually a princess. Suddenly, Willow has to fit into a royal family she didn’t know she had, deal with customs she doesn’t understand and sort out her feelings for Brand, the handsome knight who has sworn to protect her.
On top of everything, she may also be the key to saving Mistolear from a terrifying spell. The nefarious faerie prince Nezeral has pitted two kingdoms against each other in a life-or-death chess match, in which people are the game pieces. As a pawn, Willow now glows with the light of the game and must find the courage and cleverness to battle Nezeral before her loved ones fall. Could a meager pawn really be the most powerful piece on the board? Capturedis the first book in the thrilling Divided Realms series.
The Divided Realms, Book 2: The Darkening
 Although life in a magical realm is anything but normal for Princess Willow Farrandale of Mistolear (formerly Willow Kingswell of Earth), she is doing her best to adjust. She is refining her skills at Mage School and spending time with her new friends, especially her sworn knight and protector Brand – despite the fact that he drives her mad with his old-fashioned rules about “proper courtship.”The peace does not last, however, as a misstep in Clarion dooms Willow to play another twisted faerie Game. If she loses, faeries will once again be free to wreak havoc in the realms of Mistolear and Earth. The Game Master, King Jarlath of the Unseelie Court, throws Willow and Brand into the Goblin’s Gauntlet where goblins, phookas, and a host of bloodthirsty creatures are on the hunt. In a surprising move, Jarlath sends his own children into the Game as well. Dacia, the female twin, is ruthless and cunning. Theon, the male, is clever, flirtatious, and, like all faeries, devastatingly beautiful. Willow struggles to resist Theon’s charm, while Brand’s jealousy simmers – but with the fate of two realms hanging in the balance, both must push their emotions aside. Can Willow and Brand trust the faerie siblings, or is there more than one Game being played?

Thanks so much to Maggie for the donation: http://www.maggielwood.com

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Auction #87 YA ARC bundle (including Forever and Supernaturally)

Wanna read some HOT upcoming YA books before they’re even out? Then you’re gonna want to bid on this auction! This YA ARC bundle  includes Forever by Maggie Stiefvater and Supernaturally by Kiersten White plus at least one more YA ARCs that will be a surprise. But you can be sure they’ll be must-reads.

Forever

The thrilling conclusion to #1New York Times bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stiefvater.

In Maggie Stiefvater”s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. In Linger, they fought to be together. Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

Supernaturally

Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

Thanks bunches to Scholastic Canada for the ARC of Forever and by bud Jen for the ARC of Supernaturally. The other ARC(s) will be coming from moi.

  • This auction will run from today until 11:59 pm Est June 16th and is open to Canada.
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Auction # 85 Gaggle of signed books by Sheree Fitch

I love Sheree. She’s one of my favorite authors and favorite people. This auction is for 5 of Sheree’s amazing books.

Pluto’s Ghost  Mabel Murple  The Gravesavers  Kiss the Joy  Sleeping Dragons
Hugs to Sheree for the donation: http://www.shereefitch.com/

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Auction # 84 Signed audiobook of Plain Kate (CD) by Erin Bow

I loved this book! I haven’t had a chance to listen to the audio book, but I bet it’s amazing!

Book description:

Book description

In a market town by a looping river there lived an orphan girl called Plain Kate ….

Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver’s daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden talismans are so fine that some even call her “witch-blade”: a dangerous nickname in a country where witches are hunted and burned in the square.

For Kate and her village have fallen on hard times. Kate’s father has died, leaving her alone in the world. And a mysterious fog now covers the countryside, ruining crops and spreading fear of hunger and sickness. The townspeople are looking for someone to blame, and their eyes have fallen on Kate.

Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: In exchange for her shadow, he’ll give Kate the means to escape the angry town, and what’s more, he’ll grant her heart’s wish. It’s a chance for her to start over, to find a home, a family, a place to belong. But Kate soon realizes she can’t live shadowless forever — and that Linay’s designs are darker than she ever dreamed.

Thanks bunches to Erin for the donation. http://erinbow.com/index.shtml

  • This auction will run from today until 11:59 pm Est June 15th and is open internationally.
  • All bids will be in Canadian funds.
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