Wednesday, July 29, 2009

BENNY & SHRIMP GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!
BENNY & SHRIMP
BY KATARINA MAZETTI

ABOUT THE BOOK:

An international sensation, this addictively readable tale asks the question: Why is it so impossible to get a relationship between two middle-aged misfits to work? The answer lies in the story of Shrimp, a young widowed librarian with a sharp intellect and a home so tidy that her jam jars are in alphabetical order; Benny, a gentle, overworked milk farmer who fears becoming the village’s Old Bachelor; and an unlikely love that should not be as complicated as it seems. Reminiscent of the works of Carol Shields, this quirky, humorous, beautifully told novel breathes new life into the age-old conundrum that is love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Katarina Mazetti was nominated for the Prix Cevennes in France in 2007, and has worked as a journalist, teacher, and author of books for readers of all ages. For twenty years she lived on a small farm in northern Sweden, an experience that became the basis for Benny and Shrimp, her first adult novel.

GIVEAWAY FOR
BENNY & SHRIMP

THANK YOU TO CAITLIN AND FSB ASSOCIATES FOR SPONSORING THIS GIVEAWAY!

I HAVE TWO COPIES OF THIS BEAUTIFULLY
WRITTEN NOVEL THAT YOU WILL REALLY
WANT TO WIN AND READ!

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63 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I've read a couple of reviews of this book, so I know it's about an unlikely couple and their love. Thanks for another great giveaway! milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Vera said...

Please enter me! I did not think much of this book and the title threw me off, but then I read a great review in Entertainment Magazine I believe and now cannot wait to read the book itself!

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Jo-Jo said...

When I first saw the title I thought it might be about a shrimp fisherman. lol
I want to read it because it's about a farmer that might find love, I just think that sounds sweet.
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Debbie F said...

when I saw the title I immediately thought of two old men, sitting and playing chess in a park. I really would love to read this!
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Ashley said...

Please enter me! The cover of the novel and the synopsis you gave seem vaguely reminescent of Forrest Gump to me, and I love Forrest Gump

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christina said...

This book sounds both touch and amusing. After seeing the title I figured it was about a friendship but further inspection shows that it's about a middle aged duo. How terrific. Isn't that the age bracket that usually is overlooked?

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traveler said...

Great giveaway which sounds intriguing. An amazing relationship that is unique and appealing.I thought it was about two special friends. Thanks for this giveaway.
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Amy said...

The first time I read the title of this book I thought it was a story about love between two people unlikely to find love because the title of the book made me think of the movie "Benny & Joon" with Johnny Depp! I adore this movie and it is a story about 2 people who fall in love against great odds. The soundtrack includes the wonderful song "500 Miles" by The Proclaimers whic I adore!

Thank you!
Amy
Aimala127@gmail.com

nfmgirl said...

Well, from what I've read it seems to be about a couple of possibly mismatched misfits. But then, sometimes "mismatched" winds up being the best fit!

I'm going to assume that the librarian Shrimp is a small woman? Interesting name!

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nfmgirl said...

I blogged it:

http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2009/07/book-giveaways-in-blogworld-07-24-09.html

Sue said...

I think this book looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing~
s.mickelson at gmail dot com

ChristyJan said...

This sounds like a wonderful read! Both of my Grandfathers were milk farmers, so this appeals to me alot.
What I'm really wondering though is: doesnt' everyone put her jam jars are in alphabetical order?

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DarcyO said...

The title made me think it was about two guys and one of them was short!

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holdenj said...

When I read the synopsis, of the unlikely pair, the title made me think that perhaps, one is very short?

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Paula said...

The title made me think of Benny and June too.. I would love a chance to read it being I am an old librarian and a very messy house.
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Beth said...

The title made me at first think it might be an animal story! I liked your review and look forward to reading this book soon.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

dag888888 said...

Without reading anything about thei book, I initially thought it's a love story between a man and a height challenged woman!

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Valorie said...

I think that it's about two people because Benny and Shrimp could be nicknames.

Blogged: http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/07/27/book-giveaways-07-27-08-02/.

Valorie
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throuthehaze said...

I think its about an odd couple. I sounds like a really interesting story

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Serena said...

Benny & Shrimp sounds like an unconventional story of romance in middle age. I'd like to see how this is has become a sensation.

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Jo-Jo said...

I blogged about the contest here.
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

Misusedinnocence said...

I'm guessing it's some sort of obscure metaphor. ;) Sounds great from the description, I'd love to read it.

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Upper West Side Writer said...

For me, the title implies an odd couple--odd both in how they fit together and how they fit with society in general (which the description seems to support). Thank you for the giveaway!

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Upper West Side Writer said...

And I just Tweeted about the giveaway:

http://twitter.com/uwsreader/status/3061508038

Thank you so much!

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Esme said...

I am thinking this is about a misfit couple that has a wonderful relation.

sign me up please

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Esme said...

tweeted:

: http://bit.ly/Z091B giveaway for benny and shrimp


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Debs Desk said...

I think it could be about two male friends that grow up and remain friends. Shrimp being the smallest one. After reading your review I see I am wrong. Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Debbie
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Searcher said...

When I first heard the title I thought it was a YA book about two unlikely friends. I have read a few positive reviews and I now know it is about an unlikely romance of two middle aged people.

One being a librarian..What's wrong with alphabetizing your canned goods?

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minishoes1 said...

This sounds like a fun read and I love to read about love stories of any age. I thought the title meant a cookbook. lol thanks! jacquecurl1@gmail.com

Rebecca N. said...

When I first read the title of this book I thought it might be a story of a kind and loving relationship between a grandfather type and a child. Now I know what it's about and want to read it even more! Thanks for the giveaway!

Rebecca N. said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted! http://twitter.com/Sparkleglow/status/3161634727

CherylS22 said...

When I first saw the title, I thought it was about two adolescent boys coming of age. Was I surprised to read that the book was actually about an unlikely middle-aged romance! I'd like to read the book because I like reading love stories that work despite such big differences in the couple.

Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

Tina said...

Before I read reviews, I thought it would be about a couple, one of whom was very short and nicknamed "shrimp." It looks like a winner and I'd love to win.

Tina said...

I've posted your giveaways in the sidebar on Tutu's Two cents

Karin said...

I read a review about it at another blog so I know it is a love story-- it sounded very appealing. I also liked the Swedish aspect of it because I have some Swedish blood in me.

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Elle said...

Before I read the review, I thought it was about the friendship between two old men and one of them was nicknamed Shrimp... or it was an animal story and Shrimp was the name of the animal. Want to read the book because it sounds like a touching read!

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Amy said...

I blogged about this giveaway

http://homeofaimala.blogspot.com/2009/08/book-giveaways.html

I also posted it on my sidebar.

Thank you!
Amy
Aimala127@gmail.com

Kim said...

I love your giveaways, Bingo! I would love to win this book. It sounds so quirky and sweet-like a great summer read!
*smiles*
Kim
kimmery4(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cindy said...

Shrimp in our family has always been a fond name for a small person. So, I think this story is an endearing tale of a small, shy female libarian nicknamed Shrimp who meets a shy, hardworking man named Benny. I bet this book is a great love story!

I would love to win!!!!

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Cindy said...

I follow you on Twitter! My username is Soccermom213

I tweet often about your blog and giveaways and will do so again today.

This sounds like a great giveaway! I would love to read this book as it sounds like a true love story.

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Lisanne624 said...

Well, this book sounds a great deal like a recent wildly popular Swedish film "The Man in the Next Grave" (librarian meets farmer -- chaos ensues). My husband is Swedish, so I'm really interested in all books and films from Sverige!

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Roz said...

The title "Benny & Shrimp" reminded me of the movie "Benny & Joon" ~ which I loved!! I've read some reviews which were positive, and would love to win it. I enjoy love stories about "unlikely couples" ~ love the fact that SHRIMP is a librarian ~ and they are in their 30s .... which I am.

Roz said...

i blogged about this giveaway ~

www.writtenbyroz.blogspot.com

I forgot to include my email on the first comment ~

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Anonymous said...

Sounds very interesting!!!
RJB
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Brenda said...

At first I thought of Benny and Joon! I read the synopsis and it sounds like an older version of two misfits coming together.

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Brenda said...

I'm a follower in google reader!

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Icedream said...

When I first read the title I thought the book would be a YA novel about the friendship between two boys, probably set in the south during the 1950's. I was really off! LOL

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Icedream said...

I blogged about this giveaway at:
http://readinginappalachia.blogspot.com/2008/11/current-book-giveaways.html

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gaby317 said...

Based on the title, I thought it was about two friends. One friend is Benny and the other very short? Sounds good though from what I've heard - please count me in . Thanks for the contest!

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Dina said...

From the title, it could be about two friends - or it could be a love story!

Dina said...

http://twitter.com/aitmama/status/3268023103

etirv said...

At first I thought this was a love or friendship story between a behaviorally challenged male and female.

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Anonymous said...

It's about an unlikely love, according to your review. Why shrimp? I don't know-Is she short? Is she vegetarian? Is she handicapped? A little person? I'd love to read the book to find out.

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Icedream said...

I think it's funny that they fell in love by sitting on a bench and not talking, then once they start talking they start having trouble. Hmm, says a lot about physical attraction vs. personality. My first comment was #47.

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catss99 said...

a little boy fishing for shrimp:-0
amanda
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Mermaid2x said...

It seems to be about polar opposites attracting and then being so different they have to try to find common ground. It also seems to be about the power of love to bridge such differences. I'd love to read this book!

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holdenj said...

My first comment is #14.

I think you hit on a grea aspect of this odd couple relationship--that Benny thinks she's a little stuck up, with such a fancy name and all. Just goes to show, there's always more than meets the eye.

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bermudaonion said...

I'm not sure if I'm doing this right, but my first comment was #1. I love the idea of the story being told from alternating points of view. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Bingo said...

You are doing it right! I guess my screwy directions often confuse people....sorry... but you are perfect!

nfmgirl said...

My original comment was #9.

I love the whole "opposites attract" angle. I definitely believe that this is true. Sometimes it works out great and sometimes it's a disaster. I ought to know! But it is never boring!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Amy said...

I blogged about this giveaway at
Giveaways

and it's also listed on my sidebar.

Amy
Aimala127@gmail.com

barbrafl said...

I want to read this book because I'm curious as to how everything is going to turn out. The title threw me a bit, but I want to read it, hoping there will be romance between the characters.

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Kim said...

My first comment was #38. I love your review and the fact that the story is told in alternating chapters. The quote about one of the cemetary plots being overdone, like a forest, made me smile!
*smiles*
Kim
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