Book Keeping: A Reader's Community

New giveaways!

Iza Wojciechowska


What better way to welcome spring than by stocking up on new spring books? We’re giving away lots of them–To you! For free! Click through the links below to enter for your chance to snag these fantastic reads.


The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham (ends 4/4)

TheSnowQueenA darkly luminous new novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours. Michael Cunningham’s new novel begins with a vision. It’s November 2004. Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is inspired to look up at the sky; there he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly godlike way. Barrett doesn’t believe in visions—or in God—but he can’t deny what he’s seen. At the same time, in the not-quite-gentrified Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, Tyler, Barrett’s older brother, a struggling musician, is trying—and failing—to write a wedding song for Beth, his wife-to-be, who is seriously ill. Cunningham follows the Meeks brothers as each travels down a different path in his search for transcendence.


American Innovations by Rivka Galchen (ends 4/4)

Rivka Galchen American InnovationsA brilliant new collection of short stories from “the conspicuously talented” (Time) Rivka Galchen. By turns realistic, fantastical, witty, and lyrical, these marvelously uneasy stories are deeply emotional and written in exuberant, pitch-perfect prose. Whether exploring the tensions in a mother-daughter relationship or the finer points of time travel, Galchen is a writer like none other today.


Monday, Monday by Elizabeth Crook (ends 4/13)

Elizabeth Crook Monday, MondayOn an oppressively hot Monday in August of 1966, a student and former marine named Charles Whitman hauled a footlocker of guns to the top of the University of Texas tower and began firing on pedestrians below. Before it was over, sixteen people had been killed and thirty-two wounded. It was the first mass shooting of civilians on a campus in American history. Monday, Monday follows three students caught up in the massacre: Shelly, who leaves her math class and walks directly into the path of the bullets, and two cousins, Wyatt and Jack, who heroically rush from their classrooms to help the victims. We’re giving this one away in two places–on Goodreads and on Facebook–so you have more chances to win!


The Shelf by Phyllis Rose (ends 4/13)

Phyllis Rose The ShelfCan you have an Extreme Adventure in a library? Phyllis Rose casts herself into the wilds of an Upper East Side lending library in an effort to do just that. Hoping to explore the “real ground of literature,” she reads her way through a somewhat randomly chosen shelf of fiction, from LEQ to LES, and writes about the delights she finds there.

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