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GIVEAWAY! Hush, Hush Posters!

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Readers of Becca Fitzpatrick’s debut novel are unlikely to remain Hush,Hush about the next big thing in young adult lit. Setting the new standards for heavenly hunks is Patch, a fallen angel whose only desire is to become human. While on earth he takes an interest in fellow classmate, Norah Grey. Since they met, Norah finds herself the victim of several near-death encounters. Although she finds Patch’s bad boy antics anything but charming, he always seems to be around to save the day . When at last Norah finds herself succumbing to his peculiar come-ons, she starts to wonder what exactly he’s pursuing her for.

I’ve got no doubts that Hush, Hush will leave readers with the same jealousy over Norah Gray as they did over Bella Swan. Expect many high school girls to be despondent and uninterested in anything but the book in their hands as Hush, Hush mania explodes.

Boys? Start pulling out the leather jackets and tattooing on those angel wings!

Want a Hush, Hush poster for your room or locker? YOU ARE IN LUCK, SIR! Because I have two beautiful ones to give away! (Thank you Simon & Schuster! And Becca! And UPS for not mucking them up!)

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How to Enter:

1. Leave a comment on http://www.ilanawrites.com with your email mentioning the latest young adult book you read and who it was by.

Extra entries:

2. Add me on twitter and tweet: “ RT @IlanaJacqueline HUSH,HUSH Poster giveaway on www.ilanawrites.com ! (1 extra entry)

3. Blog about this giveaway by mentioning it or linking to it. (2 extra entries)

Make sure you leave a comment on www.ilanawrites.com letting me know how many entries you submitted with links to your twitter/blog.

Winners will be announced on Halloween morning!
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Hope Endures: Leaving Mother Teresa, Losing Faith, and Searching for Meaning by Colette Livermore


I read this book in one day. It is a story of a nun who joined Mother Teresa's Sisters of Charity order. She speaks about her time helping the poorest of the poor while working through the very austere and strict environment of the order. She explains how she was refused to help a sick child because it interrupted teatime. It concerns her struggles with faith in God and her wanting to break free of the confines of a very strict rule of obedience. The author seems to struggle a bit with her conception of a woman who on one hand she admires for serving the poor but on the other hand wants almost sadistic devotion to authority and suffering for Jesus.

The book is a good read. It has good flow and is well written in my opinion. It also seems to be more conservative in its criticism of Mother Teresa compared to books like The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens.
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Willy Vlautin

One should never meet an artist whose work one admires; the artist is always so much less than the work.
—HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC

Friday evening at WORD, a splendid little bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Deb and I attended a reading by Willy Vlautin, whose first two novels, The Motel Life and Northline, are two of the best books I've read in years. In a blurb advertising the event, Time Out New York called Northline a "bleak novel... about a pregnant woman who, in moments of deep trauma, speaks with her idol, Paul Newman." Reducing the book to these two plot points is as wrongheaded as describing John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath as a "road movie about a family that can't get work."

In between playing a couple of songs on his guitar (he's also the lead singer of Richmond Fontaine, a fine band that's been around since '94 and have ten or so CDs to their name), Vlautin read a passage from Northline, introducing it as a "story about weakness, about the bad things you do when you're feeling weak, the sideways moves you do. You get out of one bad situation and you feel good that you've made a brave step. But then you're so worn out that you end up making the same exact mistake."

Both of Vlautin's books are in the literary tradition of Raymond Carver and Charles Bukowski. His spartan prose perfectly reflects the people about whom he writes: spare on the surface but ultimately strong enough to bear up under the lives they have made for themselves. Readers, like Vlautin's own characters, may be surprised to discover just how strong.

After the reading, we had an opportunity to meet Vlautin and have him sign our copies of his books. He and I both spent a chunk of our lives working in trucking out West (we were employed by competing companies), and we spent a few minutes talking about Reno and Portland and Salt Lake, about the Nugget Casino, and a legendary hamburger called the "Awful Awful." Deb and I left the bookstore with the feeling that—Toulouse-Lautrec be damned—Vlautin in person appeared to be as genuine and wryly funny as Vlautin the writer. It was a good night.

Willy Vlautin reads from Northline.