Saturday, April 25, 2009

Giveaway: Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts

The bestselling author of WHERE THE HEART IS returns with a heartrending tale of two children in search of a place to call home.

Lutie McFee's history has taught her to avoid attachments...to people, to places, and to almost everything. With her mother long dead and her father long gone to find his fortune in Las Vegas, 15-year-old Lutie lives in the god-forsaken town of Spearfish, South Dakota with her twelve-year-old brother, Fate, and Floy Satterfield, the 300-pound ex-girlfriend of her father.

While Lutie shoplifts for kicks, Fate spends most of his time reading, watching weird TV shows and worrying about global warming and the endangerment of pandas. As if their life is not dismal enough, one day, while shopping in their local Wal-Mart, Floy keels over and the two motherless kids are suddenly faced with the choice of becoming wards of the state or hightailing it out of town in Floy's old Pontiac. Choosing the latter, they head off to Las Vegas in search of a father who has no known address, no phone number and, clearly, no interest in the kids he left behind.

MADE IN THE U.S.A. is the alternately heartbreaking and life-affirming story of two gutsy children who must discover how cruel, unfair and frightening the world is before they come to a place they can finally call home.

If you would like to enter to win one of five copies of Made in the U.S.A., just leave me a comment here. Three extra entries will be given to anyone who becomes a follower (or follows already), blogs about the giveaway or tweets on twitter. If you do blog or tweet please leave a separate comment letting me know. Please be sure to leave me your email address so that I can contact you if you win! Contest will run through midnight eastern time on May 12. Winners will be drawn at random and must have a US or Canada mailing address (no PO Boxes). Thanks for entering! And many thanks to Valerie at Hachette for providing the books for both giveaways!

81 comments:

MJ said...

I would love this one.

MJ said...

I follow.

mj.coward[at]gmail.com

forgot my email on the first one...sorry

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net

Debs Desk said...

I am a follower.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net

MJ said...

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/sumrthyme/status/1612424576

mj.coward[at]gmail.com

Bridget said...

Just posted this on Win A Book. Don't enter me, though.

nfmgirl said...

I'd love to read this book. Please count me in. Thanks so much!

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wordlily said...

I'd love to win this book!

WordLily at gmail dot com

wordlily said...

Oh, and I'm already subscribed to your blog. :)

WordLily at gmail dot com

Marie said...

I would love to read this!

marielay@gmail.com

Marie said...

I am a follower!

marielay@gmail.com

stateofdenmark2 said...

I have wanted to read this one since it started showing up on book blogs everywhere. Please enter me in your contest.

msmazzola at gmail dot com

stateofdenmark2 said...

I also follow your blog on google reader.

Linda said...

I've enjoyed previous books by Billie Letts and would love to win this novel.

I qualify for the extra entries - I subscribe to your blog through Google Reader.

lcbrower40(at)gmail(dot)com

mindy said...

sounds wonderful thanks for the giveaway

tetewa said...

I'd like to be included! tWarner419@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I love the sound of this book, it reminds me of Mona Simpson's work a bit. I can relate to the story a bit also, having been raised in a pretty dysfunctional tumbleweed manner in parts West...

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Beth said...

This looks so great! Please enter me!

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Amber said...

Thanks for the giveaway :)
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nightdweller20 said...

I'd like a chance at it please :)

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nightdweller20 said...

I follow.

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LuAnn said...

I have been wanting to read this book! I'm a fan of Billie Letts. She's such a great writer.

LuAnn said...

I FOLLOW!!!

Becca said...

Please enter me. I'd love a chance to win. Thanks
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Becca said...

I'm a follower!

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Becca said...

I blogged about it here:

http://completepoppycock.blogspot.com/2009/04/tome-traveling.html

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Ladytink_534 said...

Love Billie Letts' books so I'd really like to be entered and I'm already a follower!

Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

Carol said...

I really like her books! Thank you for the chance to win this one!
Carol M
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Carol said...

I'm a followr.
Carol M
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teabird said...

I'd love to read this one!

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I follow via Bloglines

Carol said...

I tweeted! CarolAnnM
Carol M
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Cheryl S. said...

I'd love to win this book - please count me in!

Thanks,
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rubymoon said...

I'm a huge Billie Letts fan and have read everything else she has written. Would love to win this one.

rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

rubymoon said...

I follow!

rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

Just.Me said...

I loved the book "Home is where the heart is" and bet this one would be just as great. Please count me in.

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Just.Me said...

I am a follower, but I do not tweet or blog.

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Spearfish Foodie said...

Spearfish, South Dakota is hardly god-forsaken. It's a real gem in the Black Hills! http://visitspearfish.com/

The Tome Traveller said...

Oh dear! That is the publisher's synopsis (or possibly the author's), not mine. I didn't know it was an actual place but have heard that the Black Hills are lovely.

Sorry, no offence meant!

Luvdaylilies said...

I love to read this book!
Thanks for offering the giveaway=)

Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

ginnn7 said...

sounds like a great book thanks
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ginnn7 said...

i follow
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Indigo said...

Please enter me, I enjoy Billie Letts writing. I've read another book of hers "Shoot the Moon". Thanks! Indigo

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Indigo said...

I also follow you on Google Reader. Thanks! Indigo

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kalea_kane said...

I would be thrilled to win this one. Please enter me in your drawing!

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kalea_kane said...

I follow too.

Thank you again.

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

The Giveaway Diva said...

this one sounds great!! would love to win!!

nicolemarielum @gmail.com

Bingo said...

Please enter me. Thanks!
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Valerie said...

sounds good
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Wanda said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book. Looks great!

Zibilee said...

Great review! I would like to win a copy of this book.

zibilee@figearo.net

Zibilee said...

I am a follower of this blog as well

a real librarian said...

I'd love to win this one!!

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Stacie said...

Count me in.

Stacie said...

I follow.

Pamela S said...

I'm a huge Billie Letts fan and would love to read this book.

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Belinda M said...

Please enter me in the giveaway

Belinda M said...

I follow

Heather said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! :)
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LittleEagle said...

Another addition to the great wish list of summer reading. sharonaquilino(at)hotmail(dot)com

Mia J. said...

I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

windycindy said...

I would love to read about the life of these two siblings. Many thanks,
Cindi
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windycindy said...

I am a fan/follower of your blog!
Many thanks for the chance!
Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

"Tweet!"
http://twitter.com/cmh512/status/
1675231722.
Thanks, Cindi
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Renee G said...

Would love to read this.

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Deborah said...

I'll bet Spearfish, SD is a lovely place - I live in a place most assume is not a great place to live, and I wake up every morning and thank G-d when I look out the window. Thanks for the chance to win "Made in the U.S.A." asthenight at gmail dot com

Lady Roxi said...

Love to have this.

Thanks,

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ellie said...

Billie Letts is one of my favorite writers. Please enter me.

ellie said...

I am a brand new follower.

eMily said...

This book sounds really interesting, thanks for hosting such a nice giveaway!

Alicia said...

Looks like a good read.

Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

janetfaye said...

I would love to enter!

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janetfaye said...

I follow.

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bison61 said...

I would love to win a copy

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rlgrady said...

I would love to read this. Thanks!
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Pam said...

I like Billie Letts' books. Haven't read this one yet but would like to.

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Pam said...

follower

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wwrk said...

My daughter really likes this book.

quelleheure4 said...

I sure liked her first one. I'd love to read this!
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quelleheure4 said...

I'm a follower.
quelleheure4[at]gmail{dot}com

quelleheure4 said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/quelleheure4/status/1778199450

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Amy said...

I'd love to read this book. Thanks

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