Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Matrimony by Joshua Henkin Giveaway!

Earlier this year, Joshua Henkin offered to let me read and review his book Matrimony, which just so happened to be getting rave reviews around the blogosphere. On top of that, it's a New York Times Notable book. I mean really, what convincing did I need? I read it and loved it and wrote my review which you can read here.

Now, Josh has offered to give one of you copy of his book which releases today in paperback. On top of that, he will sign it personally to you. This is a real treat my friends, and I hope you're as excited about this as I am.

Now, I loved this book, but I have to admit I wasn't crazy about the original cover. But the paperback has a new cover, which to me is much warmer and more appealing. And that's the cover you'll be getting. See how pretty it is below:

I'm sure you want to to know what you can do to win a copy of this book! Well, you can do three things.

1) Leave a comment on this post with a valid email address and a United States or Canadian mailing address and tell me something that surprised you about marriage. If you are not married (like me!) tell me something that surprised you about the Olympics.
2) Leave a comment on my original review. It must be a relevant comment and not just enter me!
3) Blog about this giveaway including a link back to this post to triple your chances.

You can visit Joshua Henkin at his website here.

I'm including this little video of Joshua Henkin discussing the novel, but please be warned that it contains spoilers...of a sort!


bermudaonion said...

I've read such good things about this book and want to read it, so enter me, please. I've been married so long that I'm having trouble remembering what it was like to not be married, and can't think of anything that surprised me. I'm sure something did, but my memories just not that good anymore. My email address is milou2ster@gmail.com

photoquest said...

Something that surprised me about marriage is after 18 years of being married it's still alot of work and it's alot of trying to understand each other. I have heard good things about this book and would like to be entered in your contest I posted a comment on your origional and have a US address. Thanks! photoquest(at)bellsouth(dot)net

Sarah said...

I'd love to read this one. I'm in need of a good novel right about now. And if there's one that can strengthen my marriage, so much the better.

I think one of the biggest surprises to me after I got married was how much work it is to want to work at it. I always knew it would be work, but before I was married, I thought that loving someone would make me want to get through the difficult times and persevere. Sometimes, I find that finding the motivation and desire to work is harder than the work itself.

raych said...

I've been hearing about this EVERYwhere. I need to win it.

Ok, what surprised me most about marriage was how easy it is to not spend time together, to say good-morning and good-night and pretend that's conversation. I thought that since we were married, we'd be hanging out and having deep conversations all the time.


Unknown said...

The thing that surprises me most about my marriage is how little I get to see my husband. He's in the Army and gone ALL the dang time.

Please enter me thrice! You can find my post to this give-away here: http://keepthisonthedl.blogspot.com/2008/08/do-i-seem-less-happy-to-you.html

Anonymous said...

I REALLY want this book. (Seriously, if I don't win it here, I may have to buckle down and buy it!)

One thing that surprised me about marriage is how, on the one hand, it's totally weird to live with a guy and on the other hand, it's amazing. (Sorry to be so cheesy.)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Krista said...

I agree with Raych. Being married is in no way the same as dating. You have to plan to do things together or you don't since you're both used to living your individual lives. And it's really hard when one person just wants to continue doing that.

.Books by TJ Baff said...

The one thing that surprised me about being married is that it is ok to have thoughts that you don't share. I assumed that when we married we would assimilate into each other's thoughts and lives but instead we continued to bring our own personalities into the mix. My exposure to married people through relatives showed me that they lived the life of the stronger personality. This has not been the case in my own marriage. We are our own people still after 19 years and even after undergoing a major tragedy...we are even closer. Our son of 15, Nick, dies almost 2 years ago.
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jezebelsk said...

Great contest - I have seen this book on other blogs and have wanted it desperately. The thing about marriage that surprised me is how completely we became a part of each other's lives. He's always the person that I want to talk to and be with, no matter what.


Alyce said...

I think the thing that surprised me most about marriage is that both people can change so much over time yet still love each other. Also that there are times when you will really not like the other person or what they are doing, but will love them so much that you will work on the marriage to get past the problem. I never thought when I got married that our marriage would have problems. Learning that every marriage has problems to work through has been very freeing.

(Happily Married for 11 years.) :)

Alyce said...

Sorry, I forgot to leave my email in the previous comment. akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

Tarasview said...

well, a whole lot of things surprised me about marriage! Learning to live with a GUY was a HUGE adjustment for me! I had NO idea just how differently men and women communicate with each other.

Angie said...

Hmmm, what has surprised me most about marriage?? Well, my hubby and I will be celebrating out 2nd annivarsary next week so I'm sure something in the time has surprised me. Hmmm, I guess what has surprised me is how you really have to work at your marriage to make it work. But it's so worth it. :)

Beth Wright (P31 OBS Team Member) said...

This book looks really good! I'd love to win it.

Let's see- gosh I've been married so long I forget what it's like to be surprised. No, actually that is what surprises me still-that he can still surprise me-and I love it!!!

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

My husband and I will celebrate our 12th anniversary this October. There were a lot of things that surprised me about marriage. We're still our own people and still have our own personalities, but we complement each other. And what has amazed me, more than surprised me, is that I love him so much more now than I did when we first got married, and I thought I couldn't love someone more than I did then.

I blogged the giveaway. http://2kidsandtiredbooks.blogspot.com/2008/08/giveaways.html

Anita Yancey said...

One thing that surprised me about marriage, is how much trouble I would have with my mother-in-law. She didn't like me, and has made my life miserable for 33 years. But no matter how much she tried to break up our marriage, she failed.

Anonymous said...

the thing that surprised me is that I have to wait for the right moment to ask for something. and after 18 years of marriage and 7 kids, no one can approach dh like me. the kids still haven't figured it out. it is a skill that I think only the wife will know :) the obvious worst time to ask for something is when he first comes in the door; the second is when he's watching tv!

Anonymous said...

btw, I do really like the new cover and hope to win this book :)

Ramya said...

hey.. i have been reading a lot of reviews about matrimony and i would love to win this book! do enter me for this giveaway!

Deena Peterson said...

How much work it still takes after 20+ years
:-) And how much I would grow to love the same man year after year after year.

Darlene said...

I'd love to enter Amy. I'm not married either but something that surprised me about the Olympics was that I actually watched some of it this year-I'm not much of a sports person.

I left you a comment on your review and I blogged about it here:

My email is:bj19662001@yahoo.ca

Thanks for the opportunity!

S. Krishna said...

This is actually a bit relevant because I was just married a month ago! I think the most surprising thing for me so far has been how ridiculously difficult it was for me to give up my last name, and how sad I was about it afterwards. (I know I didn't have to, but I want my husband and I to have the same last name!)

skrishna1183 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Serena said...

What surprises me most about marriage is how quickly time passes, and it doesn't seem like it has been 6 years at all. I would love to be entered into this contest. pavcrawphan AT yahoo DOT com

Anonymous said...

One thing that surprised me about marriage is how quickly we settled into a way of life together. I thought we would have fought and bickered about little things like where something should go, etc. but nope, it was easy.

Amanda said...

I've seen this book pictures a number of places and it looks very good. While I'm not married I'm at the age right now where a lot of my friends and family members are getting married. My boyfriend and I have been living together for a year now so it almost seems like we have been married. So all of the wedding excitement kind of gets you into the spirit. I was most surprised by the number of new records that were set not only by Americans like Michael Phelps with his 8 gold medals in swimming including 7 new world records, but by other countries in track and field and other sports. Kind of amazing how far athleticism has come.

My email is awalworth19@gmail.com. I can give you my US mailing address by email if you need it.

Tim Sternberg said...

I've read such good things about this book and want to read it, so enter me, please.

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