Monday, September 29, 2008

Giveaway of Men and Cartoons by Jonathan Lethem

Men and Cartoons by Jonathan Lethem

Fiction, Hardcover, 160 pgs.

Published by Doubleday

I'm giving away a brand new hardcover copy of Men and Cartoons by Jonathan Lethem for one of my readers. This is a collection of seven short stories. You may recognize the name as the author of Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude, and others.

Entry is open worldwide until midnight Sunday, October 5, 2008.

1) To enter tell me what's the best book of literary fiction (no genres) you've read from a country or culture very different from your own. And why you liked it. No spoilers though. Please name one that has not already been chosen by a previous commenter.

2) If you blog about this giveaway and put a link back to it, I'll give you a second entry. If you don't have a blog, email 3 friends telling them about this giveaway and copying me at sfuhringer(at) sympatico(dot) ca.

Please leave a contact address if you're entering the giveaway and don't have a blog where I can contact you.

Winner will be announced on Monday, October 6,2008.


  1. I'm quite sure it was Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See which was completely about Chinese culture and was sensational.

  2. Well, it definitely has to be "The Kite Runner"!! It's a book by an Afghani.. and that world was so new to me.

    I am so glad I picked up this book.

    I am also reading "The Gathering" by Anne Enright which has taken to a very different place altogether .. Ireland!

    It is very exciting :)


    Take care!

  3. I put a sidebar entry on my blog :)

  4. Hey, Sandra. Sorry to not get this up yesterday; I was a bit occupied.

    Anyway, it's now up at Win a Book. No need to enter me, of course.

  5. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I kind of got to know abot Nigeria-Biafran war from it. An she writes very well too.

    As I am on a short story reading spree, I would like to win it!


  6. Don Quijote by Miguel de Cervantes. This is an amazing classic novel of 16th century Spain. The writing is very clever and Don Quijote's adventures are a joy to read.

    bluebyrd24 at gmail dot com

  7. Hey, I blogged about this here:

    But I would love to be entered as well.
    The one I can think of is Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy..not totally different cultures, but it takes place in Ireland, I believe, and that's another country to me.

    Also, Night by Elie Wiesel is all about being in a concentration camp in wwII and all of that is completely different from my life.


    lauren51990 at aol dot com

  8. the most recent the kite runner, opened alot of things up to me

  9. oooh i've heard of this book sounds really good : )

    lc_intocable (at)yahoo(dot) com

  10. I really liked "The Good Earth". Not only is it a look at Chinese culture, but it is a look back in history, to the time of emperors. This kind of China doesn't even exist anymore!

    onlcancan at hotmail dot com

  11. Hello, I have enjoyed reading a book by David Ebershoff called "The 19th Wife!" It is about Ann Elizabeth Young, the nineteenth wife of Brigham Young. Please enter me in your drawing. My son would love your book giveaway prize. Many thanks, Cindi

  12. I thought for sure I had commented already, ah well my memory is going. I would recommend Two Old Women by Velma Willas. It is very descriptive of the life of the Athabaskan tribe of northern Alaska in a historical context. The story is a fable but written as great fiction.

  13. Mine would definitely have to be "A Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth.

    I loved it partly because he seamlessly intertwines an old fashioned love story with an intense look at India's history.

    It made me really appreciate the differences between my life and that of an Indian girl of a similar age.

    sangreal_7 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    Home Economics High School Text Book, 1954

    "Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so that you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift."

    Wow is all that I can say!!!! was this from the same planet? LOL....



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