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#20 Announcement of The Spirit of the Place reading copy giveaway

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May 15th UPDATE: Thanks for the enthusiastic response! Our supply of advance reading copies is now spoken for. We hope to get your books in the mail by the end of this week.

 

 

Greetings, Book Explorers:

 

This is my 20th post and I have a great treat to help us celebrate our judgment-free, just-read-it community filled with people of all ages, all tastes, from all sorts of locations and, who knows, maybe even all shapes and sizes.  A few weeks ago (see #16) I mentioned that the Literary Ventures Fund is supporting Samuel Shem’s new novel, The Spirit of the Place

 

Would you like to be part of a discussion with the author about this wonderful new book that will be published in June? And would you like a free advance reading copy sent to you? We have a limited number of those to give out so speak up –- it’s first come, first served.

 

I figure we’ll mail the books out by the end of this week and start the discussion in early June, which will give you a few weeks to read the book. As I said, I really love it and it is a fast fun read.

 

To refresh your memory about the book:

 

The Spirit of the Place is about many things –- love, loss, family, community, leaps of faith –- a small-town doctor and a not-so-sure-he-wants-to-be-a family doctor are at the heart of this very insightful, charming and funny book. If you are a fan of Empire Falls, by Richard Russo, and all it has to say about community and connection then you will enjoy this book very much.  

 

Does the author’s name ring a bell? Samuel Shem wrote The House of God, the classic novel about medical internship, which was recently named by the British medical journal The Lancet as one of the two most important American medical novels of the 20th century, the other being Sinclair Lewis’ Arrowsmith. It has sold over two million copies, in thirty languages and is required reading in medical schools throughout the world. If there is a doctor in your family or you have a friend who is a doctor chances are he/she got or gave this book as a gift.

 

Here’s what some other talented authors have to say:

‘'The Spirit of the Place is written with a large heart, a healing touch, wry and wise insight into the human condition. Worthy of the Best of Samuel Shem, which is worthy indeed.'"

                   James Carroll, National Book Award Winner and author of House of War

 

"A deeply moving and profoundly intelligent exploration of the complexities and rewards of family, profession, and place. The story of a young physician returning to his small town becomes a tale with universal meaning. This book continues to resonate in the mind and heart long after it is read."

                     Jerome Groopman, M.D., author of How Doctors Think

 

"In this lovely novel Samuel Shem brilliantly describes scenery from the Italian Lakes to the Hudson River Valley with vivid enchanting detail. But his real subject is the landscape of the human heart with its dangers and delights, its vertiginous cliffs and mossy woods, its comforts and contradictions. This is a wonderful book about the surprises of human connection and the infinite power of love."

                        Susan Cheever, author of American Bloomsbury

 

 

Looking forward to a fun discussion!

Ande




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Re: #20 The Spirit of the Place discussion in June with author

I sent a little note to the address, so if I get one I'll help discuss a little :smileyhappy:
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Re: #20 The Spirit of the Place discussion in June with author

Thanks so much! You always make great contributions.
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Re: #20 The Spirit of the Place discussion in June with author

Hi,
 
My name is Olivia. I hope to participate in the discussion. I have also sent an email for an ARC.
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Re: #20 The Spirit of the Place discussion in June with author

Welcome, Olivia! Looking forward to hearing your thought on The Spirit of the Place.
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My name is Phyllis and I would be happy to read the ARC copy and discuss it with the Author and other on the BN.com Book Clubs site.  As requested I sent an email with my name and address.
 
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ARC Spirit Book Offer

I hope all the copies aren't claimed. I would enjoy reading this.
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I would also like to read this. I sent an email begging "pick me!". I feel like I'm back in third grade waving my hand in the air. :smileyvery-happy:
 
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Hi Judy:
If you sent an email to the address I supplied you should be getting a book.
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Thanks! And welcome to Book Explorers.
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Thanks, Scarlett. Welcome to Book Explorers!
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#20 The Spirit of the Place ARC

Ande, I've sent an email for an arc of Spirit... I hope to add to the discussion once I've started....
 
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Great. You're a lively contributor!
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Re: #20 The Spirit of the Place

Hi--I'm Kelly and I just sent an email hoping I get lucky! I've never participated in an online discussion, but really hoping I get the chance to start! I've been a reader all my life and just recently discovered all the wonderful opportunities on the web for this type of activity.
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Re: #20 The Spirit of the Place discussion in June with author, free advance reading copies

Hi. I'm new to this group and I'm hoping to get a chance to participate in this discussion. I sent my email now I'm crossing my fingers.
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Thanks,
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Re: #20 The Spirit of the Place discussion in June with author, free advance reading copies

I just requested my free book -- hope I get one --  :0)
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Re: #20 The Spirit of the Place discussion in June with author, free advance reading copies

I sent a message for one too...looks like an interesting book...hope I get one. I would love to discuss the book!!
Thanks for the chance!
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Re: #20 The Spirit of the Place discussion in June free advance reading copies available

My name is Donna and I live in Gainesville GA. I sent an email requesting a copy. I hope that it isn't too late. I look forward to reading and discussing it with everyone!!
 
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Re: #20 The Spirit of the Place discussion in June free advance reading copies available

Hi Everyone, I sent my e-mail yesterday and haven't heard back yet.  I just saw the post that copies are now gone, I hope I made the cut!  I really want to read this. 
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Re: #20 The Spirit of the Place discussion in June free advance reading copies available

I hope, too, that you got in under the wire. But, if not, you should know that discussion will go on for awhile so if you don't get a freebie and end up buying the book you won't miss out.