First Ever Giveaway

February 3, 2009

You know how sometimes you get emails that are all “would your blog readers like to win a free case of Depends? Please click here to see how you can host this awesome giveaway?” I laugh a little. And then I delete the email. Because I’m fairly sure that very few of you need Depends. And if you do, I bet the last place you want to procure such a necessity is on a blog.

This giveaway is, thankfully, not for Depends, but for a book called The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan. It’s number six on the New York Times Best Seller list right now, so you may already be familiar with it. It’s a memoir about Kelly’s experiences as a mother and her battle with cancer. I actually saw this book on the shelf at the library over the summer and almost picked it up, but as usual, I’d maxed my library card completely out (who can possibly stay under fifteen books at one time?!) and I had to pass it up.

The giveaway is being hosted by The Daily Grommet and they are hosting Kelly and her book, The Middle Place, today. You can go visit The Daily Grommet (there’s a short video interview with her) or check out the comments section over there, which Kelly is participating in.

To win, all you need to do is leave me a comment. About the book or not about the book. I’m not picky.

On Thursday, I’ll randomly select two people from the commenters and your book will be on its way. And then you’ll have something to anticipate coming in the mail. Life doesn’t get much better than that.

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  • Reply jaction February 3, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Okay, confession: I’m an English PhD student and I’d never heard of this book. This semester I decided to scrap the basic rhetoric and argument textbook in favor of teaching my students with a memoir instead–something that had personal experience and point-of-view inherent in it and that would create more interesting conversations to talk about these writing skills. This semester I’ve been teaching from “The Glass Castle” but I’m on the look out for new memoirs to use in upcoming semesters. Kelly has a nice descriptive voice, and while I don’t know much about her story other than what was discussed in the interview, I’d love to give it a try! Cool contest, Janssen–I didn’t know bloggers did stuff like this.

  • Reply jaction February 3, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Side question: Where’d you find the background to your blog?

  • Reply amber belmonte. February 3, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    i just read the review + it looks like an incredible book.

  • Reply Parkers February 3, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Leave it to a free giveaway to bring me out of the shadows. I’ve been a secret reader of yours for months.

    I just looked at the website and I think that this author and her book look fantastic. For some reason it makes me think of “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls, even though this family seems completely functional 🙂

    I echo a comment that I saw on the website, even if I don’t win your give away, I may have to purchase this book myself and introduce it to my book club.

    Oh, wow, I just read that the first comment also referred to The Glass Castle. I guess I am not off base on that one.

  • Reply Nicole February 3, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Ooh–I was just hoping for a good book recommendation. I wouldn’t mind also getting a free book.

  • Reply John and Mary February 3, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I’ve never heard ot this book but I bet my book group would love it! I have a hard time reading science fiction/fantasy because I like stories about real people and their struggles and successes. This sounds like a perfect fit. I’d love to win it but even if I don’t I’ll definitely be looking for this at the library. Thanks!

  • Reply Janelle February 3, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I’m always on the lookout for new books, and if I don’t have to haul my three kiddos into the library (where they have a tendency to get lost), so much the better! If I don’t win, you can be sure I’ll still get my hands on one!

    And books are a much more fitting giveaway for this blog than depends anyway.

  • Reply ThatGirlRuns February 3, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Had never heard of this book before but since I am in need to find a new read it would be awesome to win this piece of literature.

  • Reply Amy Sorensen February 3, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I want to read about her experiences with her father’s illness…just put myself on the hold list for this one, but since I can’t check out a book if anyone else is waiting for it (one of the Official Librarian Drawbacks) and as it seems like a book i’d want to write comments in, I’m hoping I win it!

  • Reply Jenna February 3, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    These are the kind of books I read to try to develop my own writing style a little bit more. I have the honesty thing down, I just haven’t quite developed the ability to put my quirky observations on life down on paper in a way so that they don’t sound cliche, you know? I really like that the video points out that the title can have this meaning of “both mother and daughter”. I struggled with my own transition into assuming a new title “wife” a little bit after I got married.

    Lovely giveaway. I too, only get the emails about depends. I’d love to be able to do something more for my readers as well.

  • Reply Jodi February 3, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I’m hoping to win this book for personal reasons. My father fought, and passed away from Cystic Fibrosis when I was young. I’ve always wondered what his perspective was as a parent who was very ill. Like other people have said, I’ll probably find a way to read this book even if I don’t win it. Sweet Giveaway, Janssen!

  • Reply Lisa C February 3, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I’m always looking for books to read, especially good book club books. I especially love reading books by mothers because it makes me aspire to develop talents outside of parenting.

  • Reply Jennifer Lee February 3, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I thought it quite a coincidence that moments after I read this post I received an email from another friend with a link to a YouTube video of Kelly reading an excerpt from the book. I haven’t read it (hadn’t heard of it, actually) but now am very interested. Too bad I’m third in line now at my local library for claiming this as my own. Perhaps your blog will help me get it sooner!

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy February 3, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Wait, if jaction leaves TWO comments, is she entered twice?

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy February 3, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Just to be safe I better comment again.

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy February 3, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    And third time’s the charm. 🙂

  • Reply Ang February 3, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    This book looks like a great read. As a mother of an 18 month old and a daughter who just helped her mother with her struggle with cancer, it seems like something I could relate to right now in my life.
    I’ll just get it at the library if I don’t win it 🙂 You’re lucky you get up to 15 book on your library card! We only get 10 – and when you have a toddler, that’s not very many!

    I’m always looking for new books and that’s why I love your blog Janssen. I’m glad I found it through Bart 🙂

  • Reply Nina G February 4, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Are family members ineligible?

  • Reply Merrick February 4, 2009 at 12:22 am

    This looks like a fantastic book! And why not try my luck here…maybe I’ll win my first ever giveaway on my sisters blog! (and if I win, it was NOT rigged…or bribed)

  • Reply TheMoncurs February 4, 2009 at 1:16 am

    I’m always down for a new book. And from what I saw in the video description it sounds like a blog in book form, sort of a collection of anecdotes. My kind of book.

    And I’m glad they mentioned that the book is funny because I was worried it might be a depressing book about cancer that would have me crying the whole way through. I can do funny cancer, but not sad cancer.

  • Reply David Grover February 4, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Listen: I know I’m going to win, but I don’t want the book, You can keep it.

  • Reply Lexiloo February 4, 2009 at 1:51 am

    I clearly love books (and mail!)

  • Reply tootie February 4, 2009 at 2:26 am

    The book sounds really good! Count me in 🙂

  • Reply Katie February 4, 2009 at 3:22 am

    I would love to win the book! I have been inspired by the volume of books that you read and have subsequently challenged myself to keep doubling the number of books I read per month until I reach a number that I feel satisfied with and that would be too difficult for me to double again. If you are able to recommend this book, then I am confident it would be a good read.

  • Reply Tristen February 4, 2009 at 5:34 am

    I would love to get a new book! I hope I win!

  • Reply preethi February 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    When could I possibly turn down a free book? Answer: never.

  • Reply Bart February 4, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Randomly pick me. Capiche?

  • Reply Riverside Women February 4, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    You can only check out 15 books at a time? That’s almost a crime! My local library allows up to 100! Can you believe that?

  • Reply Shelly February 4, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Ooh! Pick me, pick me! That sounds like a really good book.

  • Reply Jenn February 4, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I’d love to win this book 🙂

  • Reply Katie February 4, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Who wouldn’t want a free book?

  • Reply BrittWilk February 4, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    i love winning stuff… and a book would definitely be the coolest thing i’ve ever won (the only other thing probably being a bear i won from my dentist for having no cavities. i was 8ish.) pick me, pick me! 🙂

  • Reply Gretchen February 4, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Aren’t giveaways fun? Sounds like an interesting book!

  • Reply Miss L February 4, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Sounds like an interesting read, although today’s Daily Grommet is a lovely MnM Jada Millefiori Beaded Belt…hmmmm…

  • Reply Rachel February 5, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Fun! I would totally love a new book. I’m always picking books from your recommenations- though I’m not nearly fast enough to keep up with all of them! Thanks!

  • Reply Megan February 5, 2009 at 2:35 am

    It looks like an interesting book!

  • Reply Monica February 5, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Free books are awesome. Sign me up!

  • Reply Ben and Summer February 5, 2009 at 6:04 am

    It looks fabulous! I’d love to read it- and I never mind owning another book:)
    – Summer K.

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