Many of the fine publicists I work with all year round were kind enough to offer the following titles for giveaway during Armchair BEA. Please support their kindness and enter to win these great books. My sincere thanks to Catherine, Andrea, Chris, Sarah, Shannon, Kristin and Elisabeth for providing the prizes!

To enter:

1) Leave a comment.
2) In the comment, write your first name, your email in the following format [name (at) email (dot) com]. This is how I will contact the winners so be sure to include it.
3) Tell me which book(s) you want to win and why. You can choose to enter for more than one item in the same comment, but each title must be listed and include your reason why.


This giveaway is open until Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. EST. Winners must have a US mailing address (no PO boxes) unless otherwise noted. Winners will be contacted for their mailing address. Item(s) will arrive directly from the publisher.

DreamingFreudDREAMING FOR FREUD by Sheila Kohler
Paperback | ISBN 9780143125198 | 256 Pages | 28 May 2014| Penguin Books Adult

Acclaimed for her spare prose and exceptional psychological insights in her novels Becoming Jane Eyre and Love Child, Sheila Kohler’s latest is inspired by Sigmund Freud’s Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria.Dreaming for Freud paints a provocative and sensual portrait of one of history’s most famous patients.

In the fall of 1900, Dora’s father forces her to begin treatment with the doctor. Visiting him daily, the seventeen-year-old girl lies on his ottoman and tells him frankly about her strange life, and above all about her father’s desires as far as she is concerned. But Dora abruptly ends her treatment after only eleven weeks, just as Freud was convinced he was on the cusp of a major discovery. In Dreaming for Freud, Kohler explores what might have happened between the man who changed the face of psychotherapy and the beautiful young woman who gave him her dreams.


MondayMondyMONDAY, MONDAY A Novel by Elizabeth Crook
Farrar, Straus and Giroux | Sarah Crichton Books | April 2014 | Hardcover | ISBN: 9780374228828 | 6 x 9 inches, 352 pages

On an oppressively hot Monday in August of 1966, a student and former marine named Charles Whitman hauled a footlocker of guns to the top of the University of Texas tower and began firing on pedestrians below. Before it was over, sixteen people had been killed and thirty-two wounded. It was the first mass shooting of civilians on a campus in American history.

Monday, Monday follows three students caught up in the massacre: Shelly, who leaves her math class and walks directly into the path of the bullets, and two cousins, Wyatt and Jack, who heroically rush from their classrooms to help the victims. On this searing day, a relationship begins that will eventually entangle these three young people in a forbidden love affair, an illicit pregnancy, and a vow of secrecy that will span forty years. Reunited decades after the tragedy, they will be forced to confront the event that changed their lives and that has silently and persistently ruled the lives of their children.

WolfsMouthIN THE WOLF’S MOUTH by Adam Foulds
Farrar, Straus and Giroux | Advanced Reader Editions

Set in North Africa and Sicily at the end of World War II, In the Wolf’s Mouth follows the Allies’ botched “liberation” attempts as they chased the Nazis north toward the Italian mainland. Focusing on the experiences of two young soldiers—Will Walker, an English field security officer, ambitious to master and shape events; and Ray Marfione, a wide-eyed Italian American infantryman—the novel contains some of the best battle writing of the past fifty years. Eloquent on the brutish, blundering inaccuracy of war, the immediacy of Adam Foulds’s prose is uncanny and unforgettable.

The book also explores the continuity of organized crime in Sicily through the eyes of two men—Angilù, a young shepherd; and Cirò Albanese, a local Mafioso. These men appear in the prologue and in the book’s terrifying final chapters, making it evident that the Mafia were there before and are there still, the slaughter of war only a temporary distraction.
In the Wolf’s Mouth has achieved an extraordinary resurrection, returning humanity to the lives lost in the writing of history.


MrsHemMRS. HEMINGWAY by Naomi Wood
Paperback | ISBN 9780143124610 | 336 Pages | 27 May 2014 | Penguin Books Adult

The Paris Wife was only the beginning of the story . . .

Paula McLain’s New York Times–bestselling novel piqued readers’ interest about Ernest Hemingway’s romantic life. But Hadley was only one of four women married, in turn, to the legendary writer. Just as T.C. Boyle’s bestseller The Women completed the picture begun by Nancy Horan’s Loving Frank, Naomi Wood’s Mrs. Hemingway tells the story of how it was to love, and be loved by, the most famous and dashing writer of his generation. Hadley, Pauline, Martha and Mary: each Mrs. Hemingway thought their love would last forever; each one was wrong.

Told in four parts and based on real love letters and telegrams, Mrs. Hemingway reveals the explosive love triangles that wrecked each of Hemingway’s marriages. Spanning 1920s bohemian Paris through 1960s Cold War America, populated with members of the fabled “Lost Generation,” Mrs. Hemingway is a riveting tale of passion, love, and heartbreak.

Paperback | ISBN 9780143126683 | 656 Pages | 27 May 2014 | Penguin Books Adult

August 30, 1975: the day fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan is glimpsed fleeing through the woods, never to be heard from again; the day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence.

Thirty-three years later, Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist, visits Somerset to see his mentor, Harry Quebert, one of the country’s most respected writers, and to find a cure for his writer’s block as his publisher’s deadline looms. But Marcus’s plans are violently upended when Harry is suddenly and sensationally implicated in the cold-case murder of Nola Kellergan—whom, he admits, he had an affair with. As the national media convicts Harry, Marcus launches his own investigation, following a trail of clues through his mentor’s books, the backwoods and isolated beaches of New Hampshire, and the hidden history of Somerset’s citizens and the man they hold most dear. To save Harry, his own writing career, and eventually even himself, Marcus must answer three questions, all of which are mysteriously connected: Who killed Nola Kellergan? What happened one misty morning in Somerset in the summer of 1975? And how do you write a book to save someone’s life?

A chart-topping worldwide phenomenon, with sales approaching a million copies in France alone and rights sold in more than thirty countries, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is a fast-paced, tightly plotted, cinematic literary thriller, and an ingenious book within a book, by a dazzling young writer.

CityStairsCITY OF STAIRS by Robert Jackson Bennett
On Sale: September 09, 2014 | Pages: 448 | ISBN: 978-0-8041-3717-1 | Random House

An atmospheric and intrigue-filled novel of dead gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, protean city–from one of America’s most acclaimed young SF writers.

The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions—until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world’s new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself—first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it—stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy.

Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov’s oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country’s most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem—and that Bulikov’s cruel reign may not yet be over.

On Sale: September 16, 2014 | Pages: 288 | ISBN: 978-0-307-95249-3 | Random House

An investigative journalist uncovers a hidden custom that will transform your understanding of what it means to grow up as a girl.

In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated to “dressed up like a boy” in Dari) is a third kind of child – a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. Jenny Nordberg, the reporter who broke the story of this phenomenon for the New York Times, constructs a powerful and moving account of those secretly living on the other side of a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom.

The Underground Girls of Kabul is anchored by vivid characters who bring this remarkable story to life: Azita, a female parliamentarian who sees no other choice but to turn her fourth daughter Mehran into a boy; Zahra, the tomboy teenager who struggles with puberty and refuses her parents’ attempts to turn her back into a girl; Shukria, now a married mother of three after living for twenty years as a man; and Nader, who prays with Shahed, the undercover female police officer, as they both remain in male disguise as adults.

9780670016587_large_The_Ways_of_the_DeadTHE WAYS OF THE DEAD by Neely Tucker
Hardcover| ISBN 9780670016587 | 288 Pages | 12 Jun 2014 | Viking Books Adult

Sarah Reese, the teenage daughter of a powerful Washington, D.C. judge, is dead, her body discovered in a slum in the shadow of the Capitol. Though the police promptly arrest three local black kids, newspaper reporter Sully Carter suspects there’s more to the case. Reese’s slaying might be related to a string of cold cases the police barely investigated, among them the recent disappearance of a gorgeous university student.

A journalist brought home from war-torn Bosnia and hobbled by loss, rage, and alcohol, Sully encounters a city rife with its own brand of treachery and intrigue. Weaving through D.C.’s broad avenues and shady backstreets on his Ducati 916 motorcycle, Sully comes to know not just the city’s pristine monuments of power but the blighted neighborhoods beyond the reach of the Metro. With the city clamoring for a conviction, Sully pursues the truth about the murders—all against pressure from government officials, police brass, suspicious locals, and even his own bosses at the paper.

MagiciansLand_ClockButtonsMagician’s Kit

The highly anticipated finale to Lev Grossman’s critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy is coming soon: THE MAGICIAN’S LAND, hitting stands in August from Viking, is a tale of love and redemption—the story of Quentin Coldwater as he at last grows into himself, transforms from apprentice to master, and a broken land finally becoming whole. Old readers will devour the rich and riveting final book, and the completed arc will welcome newcomers who can binge-read the series in full.

The Magician’s Kit contains:

  • An excerpt booklet containing Chapter 1 of THE MAGICIAN’S LAND
  • Clock-face buttons in 3 different designs (see image)
  • A set of 4 postcards featuring Magicians fan art by Christopher Shy


Alright, dear readers! Good luck!

17 thoughts on “ARMCHAIR BEA 2014 – Giveaways Galore”

  1. Thank you, everyone, for entering. And another huge thanks to the publicists for the items!

  2. Ali Krebs

    My reading pattern seems to be thread based: one book leading naturally into another via some common element. For example, The Underground Girls of Kabul sounds like a natural progression from Reading Lolita in Tehran which I finished recently. Similarly, Dreaming for Freud focuses on Dora as does The Fig Eater which I have read multiple times. Lastly, The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair just plain sounds like a good new road to explore. Who knows where that one would lead next?

    The real fact is that I’ll read whatever you want to send me. Today, I returned from the orthopedic doctor who says I need surgery to set a just broken metacarpal bone. I apparently will have lots of time for reading over the next six weeks.

  3. I am so very greedy; I’d like to try to win a few of these. Of course, I’ll write a review for all/any if I should win. First I want to than your publishers for their generosity. My name is Michelle Willms: michelle_willms at yahoo dot com.

    I want to read Monday Monday because, as a sociologist, I’ve always been fascinated by what makes mass murderers (and serial killers, too) tick. This is the first crime that actually really began the study of mass murder and I would love to read more about it.

    The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair – I love mysteries. This love has gone back to my childhood when I read Encyclopedia Brown and advanced through true crime novels. This sounds like a really breathtaking novel.

    City of Stairs – I have read some excellent reviews of this book and it really appeals to me. I love the thought of gods being alive in a city and simply having been unavailable in the past, but now rejoining the protection effort. It sounds like a real winner.

    The Underground Girls of Kabul- I remember sitting on an airplane next to a man from a country that suppressed women in this way. I was traveling for work and he made snide remarks about how a wife should be at home. He also discussed the value of sons. I told him that without his wife he’d have no sons, but he wasn’t amused. I really want to learn more about the plight of woman in these lands.

    The Ways of the Dead – Again, I love murder mysteries. Here there is a string of murders. Is there a serial killer? (I love books about serial killers – as long as they’re accurate).

    In the Wolf’s Mouth – (I tried to resist) – I vowed to learn more about other cultures and about history this year. I love history if it is written in story form. This book would give me the opportunity to learn about the battle and about life within the mob.

    My email address is at the top of the message. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway.

  4. What an awesome giveaway! The Magician’s Kit has me nearly drooling with excitement over the Magician’s Land, but I think I’d pick the Ways of the Dead. guninactone (at) gmail [dot] come

  5. I’d like to read IN THE WOLF’S MOUTH by Adam Foulds. I’ve always been interested in novels set during WWII. This one sounds really interesting.

    ann [dot] m [dot] vuong [at] gmail [dot] com

  6. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win The Truth about Harry Qubert’s affair because I enjoy thrillers. Also, Mrs. Hemingway because I read The Paris Wife and enjoyed it, would love to hear see the telegrams and postcards to each of Hemingway’s wives!
    Email is tanya (at) momssmallvictories (dot) com. Very generous giveaway!

  7. I’d love to win IN THE WOLF’S MOUTH by Adam Foulds because… well, first off, reading the synopsis gave me goosebumps! Plus, I lived in south central/southern Italy as a kid. I love books set in Italy or about its (often complicated) history. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

    monika.lovelybookshelf (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win CITY OF STAIRS because I love scifi and the story looks so original! I would also love to win The Underground Girls of Kabul because I can’t even imagine growing up in that culture and would love to read more about it!

    klaxon63350 (at) mypacks (dot) net

  9. I have been desperate to get my hands on MRS. HEMINGWAY by Naomi Wood!!!! eeks! Ok well, why? Well I have always thought Hemingway himself was an interesting figure (not that I know a ton about him). I also am a huge fan of the fact/fiction on real people from the past! I love the era! I love everything the book represents 🙂

    My second choice book would be DREAMING FOR FREUD by Sheila Kohler! Again, Freud was such an interesting person in history! Oh and I recently read Freud’s Mistress by Karen Mack (great book).

    Laura Kay

    Great giveaway!!!!

  10. Holy cats. How is a gal supposed to choose?? 😉

    Ok..I’d love to win The Underground Girls of Kabul. I’m a giant fan of nonfiction and I love reading about social justice issues.

    Thanks so much for the chance!

  11. I would love to read Monday, Monday. Is this based on a true story? I have never heard of this incident. I do love to see how people deal with a tragedy.videoclimber (at) yahoo (dot) com

  12. I would love to win The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair. I love a good murder mystery and it seems that this book is well liked.

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