Book Review and Giveaway: This One Is Mine by Maria Semple (Ends 5/9) CLOSED

Sunday, April 25, 2010 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life - except that she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap.

My Review
This One Is Mine is a smart and entertaining debut novel by Maria Semple whose writing for TV experience includes shows such as Arrested Development and Mad About You. In her book, Ms. Semple deals with serious issues - a disintegrating marriage, a search for love and happily-ever-after, heartbreak and addiction - with a sense of humor, honesty and compassion. The author has plenty of love and understanding for her imperfect characters. Nothing is merely black-and-white in this story. In the many shades of gray, Maria Semple masterfully shows that people can make mistakes but still find forgiveness and have a shot at happiness. For some of the characters in this book, having everything means nothing - until they discover they already had all they needed. And while This One Is Mine takes place in L.A., with all the Hollywood and Beverly Hills riches and celebrity name dropping, its topics are universal. 

The Giveaway
Five (5) of my readers will win copies of This One Is Mine by Maria Semple!

To enter, leave a comment about a good book you've read lately.

You may do any and all of the following for extra chances to win:
  • follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway, feel free to copy and paste: "Win 1 of 5 copies of  Maria Semple's debut This One Is Mine! #books #Giveaway ends 5/9 @aitmama #win #contests http://tinyurl.com/24t7vxn" – you may do this once a day;
  • go here for additional ways to get extra entries.
The deadline to enter is May 9, 2010, 11:59pm EST. Five winners will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail. They will have 72 hours to get back to me, or alternates will be chosen.

Open to residents 18+ of U.S. and Canada only. No P.O. box addresses, please. One book per person. Winners will receive their prizes directly from the sponsor. Book information and image courtesy of the publisher. No compensation was provided for this post.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours.

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