(Please note this is a sponsored post in support of Little Mercies but all opinions are my own.)
Summer has arrived, and for me summer means a lot of reading. Beach reading. Poolside reading. Lying in the hammock reading. Time to read new books like Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf.
After I had my first child, I joined a book club through a local group for town newcomers. That was nearly eleven years ago and my group is still together. While we’ve evolved over the years – some people have left, new people have come in – many of us have been in the group since the start.
We’re a group of book lovers who happen to really like each other and we’ve gone through a lot of changes over time. There have been a few divorces and illnesses. We talk about our lives, pop culture, politics but we never neglect to spend sufficient time talking about our chosen books. Some of us are in a few book clubs and some stay loyal to only one.
This past year we actually named our group “Enough Said” to signify our group’s intense desire to share our opinions. We have many former lawyers who never hesitate to take a stand on the books we read and never run out of things to say. We choose books of all kinds – fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, classics. We’ve read everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to Reading Lolita in Tehran to Glass Castle to Loving Frank to Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name.
The group has opened my mind and heart to titles I would never read otherwise and I’ve fallen in love with so many of these titles. Our group doesn’t take a summer break, and I’m really looking forward to delving into some really good reads.
Here are a few on our list:
Poetic and powerful, I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by the recently passed Maya Angelou is a modern American classic that will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read. Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age–and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.
If you’re interested in reading LITTLE MERCIES with your next book club, here are some additional links, including a book club kit:
– Watch the Book Trailer:
– Visit Heather Gudenkauf’s Official Site
– Visit Little Mercies page on Goodreads
– Read an excerpt
I’m giving away 10 copies of Little Mercies!
To win, just comment below and let me know if you are in a book club and what’s on your summer reading list. Also, you must follow the Culture Tripper Facebook page (no need to tell me, I can check).
Winners will be selected randomly. Each winner will receive a copy of the book. This giveaway will end on Monday, June 30th at 9am EST and is open to U.S. residents only.
Winner will be posted here, on the Culture Tripper Facebook page and via email and will have 24 hours to accept their prize.
Disclosure: This post and giveaway are sponsored by Harlequin.