Friday, September 19, 2008

The Shiniest Jewel by Marian Henley Giveaway

About the Book: At 49, cartoonist Marian Henley hasn't committed to marrying the man with whom she has been dating for seven years. But as the Big 5-0 looms, she realizes that above all else she wants a child. Her story follows the heartbreaking ups and downs of going through the international adoption process; deciding when it's time to grow up and maybe even get married; and in the end, it's the story of a daughter's relationship with her father, and how becoming a mother finally led her to understand him. THE SHINIEST JEWEL is a touching narrative, accompanied by Marian's winsome drawings, that beautifully weaves together her realizations about the joy, and sometimes heartbreak, of building a family.

Once again, 5 copies up for grabs! US and Canadian addresses only. Tell me why this looks interesting to you!

32 comments:

Ronnica said...

I'm interested in international adoption, so this looks interesting!

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sheistoofondofbooks said...

Hi Amy - don't enter me in the drawing ... I read/reviewed an ARC of *The Shiniest Jewel* and loved it. Truly heartwarming. It was my first graphic novel and I recommend it to anyone who has been curious about the graphic novel/memoir genre but didn't know what to start with. :)

darbyscloset said...

I would like a copy of this book. I too have a very close relationship with my Dad and I'd like to see what she found out about her Dad. I also waited until later to get married...
Sounds good to me!!
Daby
darbyscloset (at) yahoo (dot) com

c-alexis said...

It sounds like an awesome book. I would like to read it because I've always wanted to adopt children one day.. and maybe this will give me some insight. Also, from the drawing on the front, it seems like the inside drawings should be just as pretty. haha. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks. =)
Carmen T
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bethany said...

oh I love graphic novels, and would really like to read it! It looks interesting, well because I really like the cover :) And family relationships are very interesting too!

wordlily said...

Why it's not interesting to me would have a shorter answer. :) But I love and may one day participate in international adoption, for one.

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Anna said...

I've never read a graphic novel before, and the topic sounds interesting. What a cute cover!

--Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)
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Rebekah (the_littleminx) said...

I think this sounds interesting because my sisters in law are both intl adoptees from China. Plus the drawings sound cute.
Thanks for the entry.
Rebekah C
littleminx at cox dot net

Ann said...

I haven't the faintest clue on understanding my father and I'm not about to have kids to do it (in fact, he's a large part of why I'm not having kids. Reading for perspective and insight, on the other hand, I'll do.

I'm always interested in memoir and parent-child relationship issues (it's a large part of the non-fiction reviewed on my blog, in fact).

Sandra said...

I have friends who've gone through the ups and downs of international adoption and I think I could relate to that. And my relationship with my father was bumpy. I'd love to find out how her mother resolves this for her. I read my first graphic novel recently and it was fantastic. It really does depend on a good story and this sounds like one. Please enter me. Thank you.

Alyce said...

I love stories about family dynamics, and have a special interest in adoption stories since my mom was adopted.

Julie P. said...

I think it would be interesting to read a story about father/daughter relationships. So much of our books are about mother/daughter ones. I think it would be very refreshing!

Christine said...

I'm interested -- both because I really like graphic novels and because I'm considering adoption as a path to having kids. ... well, eventually, anyway!

Jackie B. said...

I am new to graphic novels also so I think this would be a good one to start with. I think it would be a very heart warming story.

Ramya said...

well, firstly, i think that the concept of adoption is interesting.. i have always wondered about it.. but what excites me the most about the book is the combination of graphical images(which i always associate with something light) and a heavy subject matter.. i'd be curious to see how that works out!! anyways, do enter me for the giveaway!
ramyasbookshelf(at)gmail(dot)com

Tara said...

oh this sounds like a wonderful book. I have a friend who is in her early 40's dealing with this right now!

Tracee said...

Having a child, at any age, is a wonderful thing! It sounds so interesting!

Shelly Burns said...

Sounds interesting to me because I dated my husband for 10 years before marrying, and we have been trying to have a child...he has 2 grown children. Adoption is something we have considered. Thanks for another great chance at a book!

April said...

Please don't enter me, I already have a copy. I just wanted to say what a wonderful book this is and how much I LOVED it!!!

blueviolet said...

It sounds like a beautiful story and I would very much like to read this.
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

ChristiS said...

This sounds very interesting! I would love to read about how one feels going through the vast amount of procedure involved in international adoption!

Carrie said...

I love stories about mothering, and this one looks particularly poignant.

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

Definitely enter me. I love stories about people's lives and the idea of seeing the drawings is cute as well. :)

-Lauren

lauren51990 at aol dot com

windycindy said...

Congratulations on your well-deserved blogger award! This book cover is just too cute. I would really love to win and read this book. I think it would make a wonderful keepsake book for the right person. Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Bobbi said...

I'm interested in this book because I'm also fast approaching the big 5-0. Nice review!
brightmyer249(at)hotmail(dot)com

Natasha said...

I love reading about people's personal struggles, and how they've grown through them. I always find them insprirational! Also we have friends who are trying to adopt right now, and perhaps I would gain some perspective as to their struggles/feelings right now. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
natasha_sacopaso[at]hotmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

This book looks interesting to me because one of my neighbours is trying to adopt right now.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

ikkinlala said...

Sorry - that last comment was me. I didn't realize I hadn't signed in.

My Kingdom for a Book said...

I think that adoption is such an amazing thing, and I wish more people would do it. I also feel like I'm going to end up like the woman in the book--marrying at a later age. It would be interested to me to see how someone else deals with it. The book just sounds amazing overall.

Cheya said...

Sounds good. Please enter me for 'adoption' of that book.

Clair said...

This book looks good-sounds like some of the stuff is like my life. I would love to win.

c-alexis said...

Thank you so much for the memoir. I really enjoyed it. =)

http://c-alexis.livejournal.com/21674.html

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