Saturday, October 3, 2009

THE LOVELY BONES: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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THE LOVELY BONES

BY ALICE SEBOLD

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. THE LOVELY BONES is such a book -- a #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its artistry, for its luminous clarity of emotion, and for its astonishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world.

"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."

So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her -- her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, THE LOVELY BONES succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.

The major motion picture version of THE LOVELY BONES, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, and Saoirse Ronan is scheduled for release on December 11, 2009.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rarely has an author had such an impact on international literature with her first novel, especially when it focuses on the dark subjects of rape, child murder, and the dissolution of families. Yet with The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold seemed to manage the impossible.

“My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was 14 when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.” So begins The Lovely Bones, one of the best-reviewed novels of the decade. The book quickly became an unprecedented international bestseller, with translations in over 45 languages and American sales alone of over five million copies. In 2009 it was chosen by the Young Adult Library Association as one of its recommended titles for all students (the list is revised every 5 years and used by educators and librarians across the country). Three months after the publication of The Lovely Bones, Sebold’s 1999 memoir Lucky, an account of her rape at the age of 18 and the trial that followed, also rose to number one on The New York Times Bestseller list.

2007 saw publication of The Almost Moon, Sebold's controversial second novel, which began with yet another gripping first sentence: "When all was said and done, killing my mother came easily." Another #1 bestseller, The Almost Moon generated more critical discord -- both laudatory and negative -- than any other novel in memory as Sebold plunged into taboo territories of matricide, mental illness and profound ambivalence about mother/daughter relationships.

Born in Madison , Wisconsin , Sebold grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended Syracuse University as well as the University of Houston and UC Irvine. She has contributed to numerous anthologies and has edited The Best American Short Stories 2009.

GIVEAWAY:

THANKS TO VALERIE AND THE
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I HAVE
5 COPIES OF THIS AMAZING BOOK
TO GIVE AWAY. HERE IS WHAT YOU
NEED TO DO TO WIN A COPY!


RULES:

--U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES
--PUT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE COMMENT
---ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!


HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: Go to the official Movie site here and look around at some of the things they have like previews, gallery, and synopsis. Comment on something you found interesting there and how/why it makes you want to win the book.

+1 MORE ENTRY: Comment on if you follow and where/how, OR follow by joining through the Google Friend Connect in the left column of this blog--looking for lucky #500!

+1 MORE ENTRY: Enter one other of my UPCOMING giveaways and then come back here and tell me the contest is that you entered.

ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE BY
6 PM, EST, OCTOBER 31

THANKS FOR ENTERING AND

GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

65 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I don't want to enter because I am AFRAID to read this book! I am afraid it is too painful! I saw the movie preview and could hardly even look at that! I know it's supposed to be really good but I just don't think I could do it!

Kaye said...

Hey Karen, hope all is well this week. We need to catch up. Sign me up for the drawing please as I do love a good mystery.

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Kaye said...

I'm a google friend connect follower

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fredamans said...

It looks like a great movie from the trailer, however I always would rather reading the book first.

Thank you for the entries.

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fredamans said...

I follow via Google Connect.

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fredamans said...

I also entered Simon's Cat book. I really want that one... lol

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Ashley said...

I'm a follower.

Ashley said...

I'd love to win this, I went to the site and watched the trailer. Honestly, I want to read the book because the movie's special effects seem so....strange, very seventies so it's fitting. But I love the background of her lying down holding her hand out to a bird through the window.

Ashley said...

I signed up for Permission Slips :) Love Sherri Shepherd

Linna said...

Susan Sarandon is in the cast and I haven't seen her work for a while. This makes me want to see the movie and also read the book.

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Linna said...

I'm a google reader follower. :D

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Jenn M. said...

Okay this may sound kind of lame....but just watching the movie trailer that pops up when you go to the site makes me want to read the book AND watch the movie. It looks really good! I'd love a chance to win.

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Jenn M. said...

I am a google friend connect AND I follow with google RSS feed.

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traveler said...

Thanks for this giveaway. It looks intriguing. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Momma Hunt said...

I loved, loved, loved this book and am excited to go see it. I have been disappointed with some of the recent books turned movies, but I am hoping that with Peter Jackson directing it will be a winning outcome!

Neas Nuttiness said...

It hasn't been "rated" yet. I'm hoping that it will be PG13, as I don't go to R rated movies.

Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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Neas Nuttiness said...

I'm a Google Friend Connect follower:-)

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Linda K said...

Great cast. I loved the book and can't wait to see the movie.


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Linda K said...

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g.g. said...

I like that the actors they chose, like Susan Sarandon are all good actors so the movie should be good..if they can make the book into the movie correctly as often they don't

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Marian said...

That trailer is intense and gripping. Especially the part where the other girl (Susie's sister?) is searching the house when the owner comes back... and the floorboard squeaks under her foot. I would love to read this book!

Marian - mdperera at hotmail dot com

Sara said...

I've been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it. I saw it on the bookstore shelf yesterday and almost bought it. Winning it, of course, would be even better. The movie looks really good, too.

Ann Diana Dinh, said...

OH MY GOSH! I just watched the trailer and it looks SO GOOD! I really want this book!!!

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Ann Diana Dinh, said...

I follow via google!

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Vicki said...

I want to read this book because the movie trailer is awesome and the book is usually better than the movie. Plus it's been on my Wish List for a long time.

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Vicki said...

I follow via Google Connect

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Vicki said...

I entered The Heretic's Daughter giveaway

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Anonymous said...

I saw the trailer. But the truth is I always read the book before I see the movie. The reason is that I like to imagine the character's and see them interact in my mind. The movie takes away theat part of the imagination.

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pippirose said...

I can't wait to read the book, because the movie looks excellent, and I'd like to read the book first. Always...
:o)
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pippirose said...

I am a follower of your blog.
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pippirose said...

I also entered the Simon's Cat book giveaway.
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Sara said...

I'm a follower. msaraann(at)gmail(dot)com

rubynreba said...

I'd like to see Susan Sarandon is this movie. The book sounds unlike any I have ever read and that makes me want to read it!
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rubynreba said...

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rubynreba said...

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DarcyO said...

I watched the trailer and it really looks good - kinda scary.

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DarcyO said...

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DarcyO said...

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elaing8 said...

Looks like this is gonna be a good movie. But I think I'd like to read the book first before seeing the movie.please enter me in the giveaway
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elaing8 said...

I'm a google friend connect follower
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Marilu said...

I would love to win this book! I checked out the trailer and the gallery, and synopsis. The movie looks great, and I tend to always enjoy the book better than the movie. I really want to read the book BEFORE I see the movie.
thanks for the entry
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Marilu said...

+1 I am a google friend connect follower!

Marilu said...

I just entered the giveaway of Sherri Sheppard 's Permission Slips!
thanks for the chances to win!
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Shirley said...

I entered the Playing House giveaway.

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Shirley said...

I'm a follower on Blogger.

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Katy said...

Wow, the trailer looks good. I like reading the book before I see the movie (most of the time). I've heard of the book, but never knew what it was about. It looks intriguing!

Katy said...

I also entered to win The Heretic's Daughter. :)

Katy said...

I am also now a follower. :)

bekki1820cb said...

I like that it is directed by Peter Jackson...I loved all of The Lord of the Rings movies...I am sure that the movie will be just as good. bekki1820cb@gmail.com

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Jolynn_Reads said...

the movie clip wasn't working very well. It does look very intense and interesting. I like to read the book before I watch the movie, so I hope I win. In the clip I thought it was interesting when they put the ship in the bottle. I always wondered how they did that.
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Jolynn said...

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Rebecca N. said...

This book sounds amazing! I'm sure the movie will be as well with Peter Jackson directing it! Hubby really want to read this one too. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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ossmcalc said...

The trailer for this movie sucked me right in and made me want to see it, not by myself. We already know that she is going to die on December 6, 1973. Now we will have to figure out the before and the after.

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

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Nancye said...

Something interesting? OMG ALL of it!! I think the book and movie will have me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what will happen next, but afraid to see it. I can't begin to imagine what it would like to be dead, watching over my family. wanting revenge, but also wantgin her family to heal. Wow. A must read book and a must see movie.

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kp said...

I found every section very interesting. Now I really want to read the book.
Thanks.

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