Congratulations to Jacqueline, who writes the blog Marbles Rolling, for winning July’s giveaway! I know you will enjoy the signed copy of Wonder by R. J. Palacio!
The August selection is a New York Times bestseller written in 2009. I read Let the Great World Spin some time ago and found it so wonderfully fascinating that when I got the opportunity to see the author speak in Philadelphia last week, I jumped at the chance.
Colum McCann spoke at the Free Library in Philadelphia and read selections from his newest book Trans Atlantic. Although his newest book seems to contain the same poetic passion that I enjoyed in Let the Great World Spin, I decided to have his last book signed for the giveaway since it was such a favorite of mine. A passionate, beautifully written book set in New York City in the ’70′s, McCann provides a very unique reading experience that includes a richness of characters and a vivid depiction of New York.
The New York Times Book Review wrote:
“An emotional tour de force…electric, profound…Like a great pitcher in his prime, McCann is constantly changing speeds, adopting different voices, tones and narrative styles as he shifts between story lines…It is a mark of the novel’s soaring and largely fulfilled ambition that McCann just keeps rolling out new people, deftly linking each to the next as his story moves toward its surprising and deeply affecting conclusion…Let the Great World Spin (feels) like a precursor to…The Bonfire of the Vanities.”
My favorite part of meeting Colum McCann was when he asked me to signed his book! How fun…although it did catch me off guard! I guess I should have been a little more thoughtful in what I wrote (Big Fan!?)…but, I was so excited to meet him!
Thanks so much for visiting, Jackie
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