Monday, November 2, 2009

Giveaway: Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story by Wally Lamb


It's 1964 and ten-year-old Felix is sure of a few things: the birds and the bees are puzzling, television is magical, and this is one Christmas he'll never forget.

LBJ and Lady Bird are in the White House, Meet the Beatles is on everyone's turntable, and Felix Funicello (distant cousin of the iconic Annette!) is doing his best to navigate fifth grade—easier said than done when scary movies still give you nightmares and you bear a striking resemblance to a certain adorable cartoon boy.

Back in his beloved fictional town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, with a new cast of endearing characters, Wally Lamb takes his readers straight into the halls of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School—where Mother Filomina's word is law and goody-two-shoes Rosalie Twerski is sure to be minding everyone's business. But grammar and arithmetic move to the back burner this holiday season with the sudden arrivals of substitute teacher Madame Frechette, straight from QuĂ©bec, and feisty Russian student Zhenya Kabakova. While Felix learns the meaning of French kissing, cultural misunderstanding, and tableaux vivants, Wishin' and Hopin' barrels toward one outrageous Christmas.

From the Funicello family's bus-station lunch counter to the elementary school playground (with an uproarious stop at the Pillsbury Bake-Off), Wishin' and Hopin' is a vivid slice of 1960s life, a wise and witty holiday tale that celebrates where we've been—and how far we've come.
~Synopsis from the publisher


Harper Collins has generously provided two copies for me to give away! To enter, leave me a comment here. The winner must have a US or Canada mailing address and will be drawn at random. Enter through midnight eastern on November 20th. Below are some ways for you to earn extra entries. Please leave ONE comment for each thing you choose to do. You can combine your comments together if you like but please do not leave multiple comments for the same extra thing (for example, one comment if you fave at Technorati or subscribe via Feedburner, not three). Anyone who already follows, subscribes, or has faved at Technorati still gets the extras, just mention it in your comment! Thank you for visiting and entering!

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94 comments:

Amy said...

This looks like a great book!

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shelburns said...

Sounds like a great read! I'd love a chance to win.
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eMily said...

I'd like to be entered, thanks for hosting such a nice giveaway!

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Pricilla said...

Please enter me...sound rather like my childhood. heh heh

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This looks great! Please count me in!

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MJ said...

I'd love this.

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I'm a follower.
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I love Christmas books

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Laura's Reviews said...

I love Wally Lamb and I love Christmas books! What a great giveaway! I would like to be entered.

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Thanks!

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rubynreba said...

I'd really like this book. Thanks!
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Holly said...

I would love to read this! Sounds great! And I LOVE Christmas books, especially ones with a feeling of nostalgia to them.

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Barb said...

What a great holiday reading! Please enter me.

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Nicole said...

Love Wally Lamb.
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tanya904 said...

Please enter me I have read two of Wally's books and loved them both Thanks so much
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Heather said...

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LuAnn said...

I love Christmas stories! This would be a great one to add to my collection.

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caite said...

throw my hat in the ring please!

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Riva said...

This one looks like great fun! Please enter me.

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Pam said...

I enjoy Wally Lamb and love Christmas so please enter me!

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Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

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Linda said...

I would love to win a Christmas book. Thanks for the giveaway.

And I follow thru Google Reader.

Diane said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book. A favorite author. I am a follower:

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thanks

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I wasn't quite 10 in 1964, but I am sure I would enjoy this book!

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Zibilee said...

I love Wally Lamb! Please enter me in your great giveaway, I'd love to win!

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I am also a follower of your blog

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Anonymous said...

Oh gosh! I'd love to read this book. Thanks for the possibility!

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Jennifer said...

This looks like a wonderful novel, thank you for the chance.

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enyl said...

I haven't read Wally Lamb yet, but he comes highly recommended by many.
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Dawn M. said...

The last book I read by Wally Lamb was She's Come Undone...and I didn't like it. But this one sounds really good so I'd love to give him a second try. Count me in, please!

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I subscribe with google reader. :0)

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Gwendolyn B. said...

Please throw my name in the hat! Thanks for the chance.

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Bridget said...

Hi! Just posted this contest on Win A Book. No need to enter me.

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Anonymous said...

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MoziEsmé said...

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Marie said...

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Amy said...

I really enjoy Wally Lamb's books and I am a fan of Christmas stories! Please enter me in your giveaway.

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SavingDiva said...

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Amy said...

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Sandra K321 said...

I would love to read this one. I have read several of his previous works.

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Patricia Linehan said...

Hi,
I love Wally Lamb and would like to be entered. I am now a follower of your blog.

Gwendolyn B. said...

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Anonymous said...

I commented on a previous entry, but I just became a follower and wanted to let you know. +1

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Diane said...

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Wanda said...

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lag123 said...

I need this to get me into the Christmas spirit.
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Bethie said...

Please enter me. Thanks for the giveaway.

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kacyd said...

Please enter me.
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LuAnn said...

A new Christmas book (Yay!) and by Wally Lamb. What a great combination.

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CherylS22 said...

I'd love to read this book - I'm in my holiday book reading mode!
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I already follow
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Belinda M said...

Please include me in your giveaway


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Linda/CT said...

Wally Lamb is a dear soul! Have had the pleasure of attending a few of his author visits in CT! Would love to win this book for a friend & then I get to read it too. Thanks for the giveaway! Linda

Kim said...

I'm reading this right now and LOVIN' it! Even more because I was a child in the 60's.

jeff said...

Lovely book. I have read it.

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