Freebie Friday book giveaway
Welcome to an abbreviated, vacation-time Freebie Friday. Congratulations to mrsshukra, the winner of Anita Shreve's "Rescue." Her recommendation for transporting the reader to another place was Peter Mayle's "A Year in Provence," a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Mayle helped launch the modern "Year of/in ... " genre, one that has had authors walking the Bible and cooking like Julia Child.
This week's giveaway is "The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey" by Walter Mosley. Here's how the author's website describes the book, which was released this week: "At ninety-one years old, Ptolemy Grey is one of the world’s forgotten: by his family, by his friends, by even himself. Marooned in a cluttered Los Angeles apartment overflowing with mementos from his past, Ptolemy sinks deeper into lonely dementia and into a past that’s best left buried. He’s determined to pass the rest of his days with only his memories for company. Until, at his grandnephew’s funeral, he meets Robyn and experiences a seismic shift, in his head, his heart, and his life.
"Seventeen and without a family of her own, Robyn is unlike anyone Ptolemy has ever known. She and Ptolemy form an unexpected bond that reinvigorates his world. Robyn will not tolerate the way he has allowed himself to live, skulking in and out of awareness barely long enough to cash his small pension checks, living in fear of his neighbors and the memories that threaten to swallow him. With Robyn’s help, Ptolemy moves from isolation back into the brightness of friendship and desire. But Robyn’s challenges also push Ptolemy to make a life-changing decision that will affect both of them: to recapture the clarity and vigor of his fading mind and unlock the secrets he has carried for decades."
For a chance to win, tell us what you're reading, and add your favorite work for the upcoming holidays. It can be a book, movie or song. My favorite: "Scrooged" with Bill Murray.