Sep 29, 2015

First Chapter: Well Read Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran

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Well Read Then Dead (A Read 'Em and Eat Mystery) #1 by Terrie Farley Moran, published 2014 by Berkley

First chapter, first paragraph:
"Oh, pu-leeze, Rowena, Anya Seton never measured up to Daphne du Maurier's elegance. I'm shocked you would say such a thing." Jocelyn Kendall, pastor's wife and book club gadfly, crossed and recrossed her legs in perfect tempo with the ever-increasing meter of her rant. Our discussion of Green Darkness was deteriorating rapidly. 
Book description:
Fort Myers Beach. Florida,  is home to Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget Mayfield—owners of the bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat. 

Read ’Em and Eat is known for its delicious breakfast and lunch treats, along with quite a colorful clientele. Augusta’s cousin and best friend Delia is painfully shy—which makes the news of her murder all the more shocking. Sassy wants to help any way she can. But Augusta wants Delia’s killer found—and she’s not taking no for an answer. 

Includes a buttermilk pie recipe! (publisher)

Would you continue reading, based on the first chapter and book description? 

Sep 27, 2015

Sunday Salon: Back to the Library

Welcome to the Sunday Salon where bloggers share their reading each week. Visit The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer. 

I spent most of last week watching the Pope's visit on TV and feeling smug that I also have a Fiat 500L Hatchback!! One of the few if not the only one in town! It is much roomier inside than it looks from the outside. There is a lot of space between my head and the roof, for instance, and lots of leg room in the back seats. Not much of trunk space, tho.

The library has been a good place to visit for books. Here are two I borrowed last week:

The Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian Nobel prize winner, published March 10, 2015. 
The Discreet Hero, follows two characters whose lives are destined to intersect: neat, endearing Felícito Yanaqué, a small businessman in Piura, Peru, who finds himself the victim of blackmail; and Ismael Carrera, a successful owner of an insurance company in Lima, who cooks up a plan to avenge himself against the two lazy sons who want him dead.
I gave it four stars and hope to return to the library for more of his books!

An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy, published April 5, 2015. 
On the outskirts of a small town in Bengal, a family lives in solitude in their vast new house. Here, lives intertwine and unravel. A widower struggles with his love for an unmarried cousin. Bakul, a motherless daughter, runs wild with Mukunda, an orphan of unknown caste adopted by the family. Confined in a room at the top of the house, a matriarch goes slowly mad; her husband searches for its cause as he shapes and reshapes his garden.
As Mukunda and Bakul grow, Mukunda is banished to Calcutta. He prospers in the turbulent years after Partition, but his thoughts stay with his home, with Bakul, with all that he has lost—and he knows that he must return. (publisher)
Currently reading: 
Murder Plainly Read: An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery by Isabella Alan, to be released October 6, 2015; by NAL
An Amish man checks out permanently, but quilt shop owner Angie Braddock’s got this mystery covered… Angie is able to help organize the Rolling Brook library's annual book sale working alongside brash librarian Austina Shaker, a lady who isn’t afraid to make waves to get books to her patrons—even the Amish. Unfortunately, this draws the ire of cranky Bartholomew Belier, an Old Order Amish bishop, who publicly vows to ruin Austina.
After Belier is found dead in her bookmobile, Angie must employ the help of her loyal quilting circle—as well as her beloved French bulldog, Oliver— to prove Austina’s innocence. (publisher)
What books are on your reading shelf this week? 

Sep 24, 2015

Book Beginning: The Man Who Fell From the Sky by Margaret Coel

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The Man Who Fell From the Sky by Margaret Coel, published September 1, 2015 by Berkley
Genre: mystery
Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley investigate a lethal link between legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy and a present-day murder…in the Wind River Mountains.

Book beginning:
The narrow dirt road clung to the mountainside between the granite peaks jutting overhead and the drop-off into the valley. Ponderosas, scrub brush, and scruffy undergrowth looked fat and green after the spring rain, greener than Alan Ferbus remembered the Wind River range ever looking. It was the fourth Friday in May. The foliage wouldn't turn gray and dusty until the summer heat set in. Tommy had been locked down in a classroom about as long as any twelve-year-old boy could stand, and since Tommy had a day off from school, they had made plans for a fishing trip....
Page 56:
"Look, Red Bull. If some outsider, as you call the rest of us, got lucky enough to find Cassidy's loot, it would still belong to the tribes here. Nobody could take it away." 
I hadn't realized Butch Cassidy once lived in Wyoming. Makes for an interesting story...

Sep 22, 2015

First Chapter: The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

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The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai, published 2005 by Grove Press. 
Literary Awards:
Man Booker Prize (2006), Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Shortlist (2007), Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Popular (2006), National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction (2006)

First paragraphs, first chapter:
All day, the colors had been those of dusk, mist moving like a water creature across the great flanks of mountains possessed of ocean shadows and depths. Briefly visible above the vapor, Kanchenjunga was a far peak whittled out of ice, gathering the last of the light, a plume of snow blown high by the winds at its summit. 
Sai, sitting on the veranda, was reading an article about giant squid in an old National Geographic, Every now and then she looked up at Kanchenjunga, observed its wizard phosphorescence with a shiver. The judge sat at the far corner with his chessboard, playing against himself....  
Book description: In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge’s cook watches over her distractedly, for his thoughts are often on his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another. 

Kiran Desai’s novel, published to huge acclaim, is a story of joy and despair. Her characters face numerous choices that illuminate the consequences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world. (publisher)

Based on the first paragraphs and the book description, would you keep reading?

Sep 20, 2015

Sunday Salon: Autumn Reads

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I have finished a few books this past week:

Season of Salt and Honey by Hannah Tunnicliffe, a contemporary novel set in the Washington State woods about a woman's grief over the death of her fiance, and how she copes in the face of  his mother's disapproval of her. Four stars.

The Flying Circus by Susan Crandall, an historical novel about aerobic flying as entertainment in the 1920s and a romantic triangle. Four stars.

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger, a novel set in the 1960s, about a young boy dealing with and investigating the murder of his older sister. 5 stars.

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz, a fourth novel continuing the thrillers of Stieg Larsson. Five stars.
Thanks to Kristina McMorris for a review advance proof of her new historical novel, The Edge of Lost, to be released November 24, 2015 by Kensington. 
Book description from amazon: A compelling novel that moves from Ireland to New York to San Francisco Bay. As her finely crafted characters discover the true nature of loyalty, sacrifice, and betrayal, they are forced to confront the lies we tell--and believe--in order to survive.

I am now reading 
Rainy Day Sisters by Kate Hewitt, published August 4, 2015 by NAL. A story of estranged half sisters reuniting in the English Lake District, when Lucy leaves Boston to take a temporary job at a school in the seaside village in England where her sister Juliet runs a bed-and-breakfast. Enjoying it so far. Love the setting too - Hartley-On-Sea, even though it seems to be raining there all the time. 

I have also started to read, again, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, a novel I had started reading before and mean to finish on my Kindle. 

What books are you reading this week? 

Sep 18, 2015

The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'Clock Lady by Susan Wittig Albert

 I love mystery novels with a gardening theme or setting. Would you get into this one?
The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'Clock Lady by Susan Wittig Albert, published September 1, 2015; Berkley
Genre: Southern historical mystery
 ...the summer of 1934 in the small Southern town of Darling, Alabama—the ladies of the Darling Dahlias’ garden club love to solve mysteries… The eleven o’clock lady has always been one of garden club president Liz Lacy’s favorite spring wildflowers. The plant is so named because the white blossoms don’t open until the sun shines directly on them and wakes them up.

But another Eleven O’Clock Lady is never going to wake up again. Rona Jean Hancock—a telephone switchboard operator who earned her nickname because her shift ended at eleven, when her nightlife was just beginning.... (book description)

Book beginning, first paragraph:
In less than an hour, Violet Sims' well-ordered life was going to change. But right now, she was enjoying what in her opinion was the very best hour of a summer's day -- the earliest hour. That was the time when she went out to work in the vegetable garden behind the Darling Diner, which she owned and managed with her friend, Myra May Mosswell. And this hour, on this Saturday, seemed especially perfect. It had been hot and sultry all week, and the day ahead was likely to be another hot one, with the prospect of a storm in the afternoon. But the morning air was still cool and fresh, the dew was a silvery sheen on the ripe and flawless tomatoes, and the sun had just begun to peer over the rooftops of the little town of Darling to see if something of interest might be happening there on this very last day of June 1934. 
Page 56:
"Sarah's birthday?" Lizzy asked. "I've lost track. How old is she?"
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Sep 15, 2015

Book Review: Season of Salt and Honey by Hannah Tunnicliffe

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Season of Salt and Honey by Hannah Tunnicliffe, published September 1, 2015; Touchstone
Genre: contemporary fiction; women's fiction
Objective rating: 4/5 stars

My comments: Francesca "Frankie" Caputo hides out in her former fiance's family cabin in the Washington State woods, unable to face friends or family after his death in a surfing accident. Her fiance, Alex, used to take her to this cabin, which she finds a refuge after his funeral.

However, Alex's parents want her out of the cabin and charge her with trespassing. She remains anyway, bolstered by friendships with new neighbors and one small child who shows her the forests and the foods one can forage there. Things come to a head when both her boisterous Italian family and Alex's parents come to the cabin, and Frankie finds out the truth about herself and her relationship with her now deceased fiance. 

An excellent novel of loss and family ties, truth and its consequences. A lovely novel revealing family and love relationships and their sometimes complex qualities. 

First chapter, first paragraph:
Aunty Connie's cucumber sandwiches, stripped free of plastic wrap, are lined up on a rectangular plate on Mrs. Gardner's table, pointed tips dried and turning stale, like rows of teeth. Four rows, the jaw of a great white shark. I stare at them too long and feel my father's gaze turn towards me. I force myself to blink. He watches me from across that room filled with people wearing black and charcoal. It isn't the weather for these colors; it's unseasonably hot and the musty smell of clothes pulled from the backs of drawers mingles pungently with spring sweat. 
Teaser, ch. 11:
"...You'd think your mom would be pleased - rapt - that she could offer Frankie a place to get away to think. To be away from it all." 
Based on the first paragraph and excerpts only, would you continue reading?
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review

Sep 12, 2015

Sunday Salon: Summer's Over

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Seems summer is over, at least till it warms up again next week. I am wearing sweats and sleeping under a blanket till then.

Finished reading:
The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz, fourth in the Stieg Larssen thriller series. This one is controversial because of the new writer, but I gave it five stars.

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn, the first in a new Victorian era mystery series.

The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen by Thomas Caplan, a political thriller.

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger, a beautiful book crafted as a mystery novel. A five star read.

Won in a Library Thing giveaway:

A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez, published September 9th 2014 by Beacon Press.  In this coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernández chronicles what the women in her Cuban-Colombian family taught her about love, money, and race. 

New books on the shelf:
Death on the High Lonesome by Frank Hayes, October 2015; Berkley.
In the Southwestern town of Haywood, the onset of winter ushers in a new mystery for Sheriff Virgil Dalton…
Ghost to the Rescue by Carolyn Hart, October 2015; Berkley
Carolyn Hart’s ghostly gumshoe Bailey Ruth Raeburn is dispatched to her old hometown of Adelaide, Oklahoma, to help a single mother and struggling writer.
Parchment and Old Lace: A Scrapbooking Mystery #13 by Laura Childs, October 2015; Berkley
(In) the Big Easy and the historic Garden District, scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand discovers a bride-to-be murdered in the legendary Lafayette Cemetery…
The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain, October 2015; NAL
Jessica Fletcher cleans house to catch a killer.

What books are tempting you this week? 

Sep 11, 2015

Book Beginning: Two Dogs and a Parrot by Joan Chittister

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Two Dogs and a Parrot by Joan Chittister, to be released October 13, 2015 by BlueBridge
Genre: nonfiction, stories and reflections
(Book quotes from an uncorrected proof; final copy may differ)

Book beginning, first chapter:
Danny was an unexpected birthday gift from a friend. The small convent, in the small town in which we were teaching at the time, was also "not the kind of place that dogs belonged," I suppose.But the difference was that this time, we were all agreed to give the situation a try. 
And that's where Danny came in.
Danny was a big red Irish setter. To those who know, the very name, Irish setter, rings of action and excitement and an unbounded, and unboundaried, love of life and of people. The problem was that I was not one of the people who knew that... 
Page 57
The woman had been coming to the monastery to see me for several months now. She was a fragile but valiant personality. Nothing much ever changed in her life, but she went on functioning regardless.

Book description:
Joan Chittister, one of our leading inspirational writers, invites us to embrace and celebrate the deep bond between humans and animals. 

Sep 10, 2015

Book Tour: Broken Homes and Gardens by Rebecca Kelley

Broken Homes and Gardens by Rebecca Kelley, paperback: 268 pages. Publisher: Blank Slate Press (April 28, 2015)

A girl, a guy, a broken-down house. Malcolm and Joanna are in-again, out-again: in love, out of each other’s arms, in an awkward co-living arrangement, out of the country. Their unconventional relationship is the only way, Joanna says, to protect herself from the specter of commitment, which inevitably leads to heartbreak. Set in the damp and drizzly neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon, Broken Homes and Gardens is an ode to friendship, lust, and the unrelenting pull of love. (publisher)

The novelty  of teaching in Prague has worn off for Joanna. She suddenly arrives back in Portland and calls her unsuspecting sister to put her up. Laura tries to persuade Joanna to go back to her former boyfriend Nate, but Joanna meets Malcolm and they begin an unusual living arrangement.

A modern romance, for the Millennial generation.

from Ch. 12:
"You and Malcolm. He's moving in with you?" Joanna nodded. "Yep. That's right."
"Are you sure this is a wise idea?""He said he'd help me fix the place up...." 

Rebecca Kelley grew up in Carson City, Nevada, and teaches writing at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland. She is the co-author of The Eco-nomical Baby Guide. Broken Homes and Gardens is her first novel.

For other reviews, visit the tour schedule sponsored by TLC Book Tours, which provided a copy of the book for review. 

Book Review: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

A Curious Beginning, first in the Virginia Speedwell Mystery series by Deanna Raybourn, published September 1, 2015 by NAL/Penguin
Genre; historical mystery series, set in Victorian England

London, 1887. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell, after burying her spinster aunt, is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry,  hunting butterflies. Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hatpin with equal aplomb, and she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. The baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker—a reclusive natural historian as intriguing as he is bad-tempered. But before the baron can deliver on his vow to reveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth. (publisher)

My comments: There is suspense when unknown persons try to kidnap Veronica, who knows nothing of her background except that she is an orphan raised by two elderly women, both now deceased. Veronica is helped by Stoker, a reluctant ally in her flight from the unknown persons who are so intent on detaining her.

An interesting introduction to a new mystery heroine who has an intriguing family background, unknown to her and the reader till the very end of the book. An enjoyable read featuring an independent and headstrong heroine - a mystery novel with  a hint of romance and Victorian history mixed in.

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy of this book.

Sep 8, 2015

First Chapter: Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam

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Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator, a novel by Homer Hickam, to be released October 13, 2015 by William Morrow

...the funny, sweet, and sometimes tragic tale of a young couple and a special alligator on a crazy 1000-mile adventure, the couple taking the alligator Albert from West Virginia to his original home in Orlando, Fla.  (publisher)

First chapter, first paragraph
When Elsie came outside into the backyard to see why her husband was shouting her name, she saw Albert lying on his back in the grass, his little legs splayed apart and his head thrust backward. She was sure something awful had happened to him but when her alligator raised his head and smiled at her, she knew he was all right. The relief she felt was palpable and nearly overwhelming. After all, she loved Albert more than just about anything in the whole world. She knelt and scratched his belly while he waved his paws in delight and grinned his most toothsome grin. (from an ARE; the final copy may differ)
 Carrying an alligator from W. Va. to Florida? This I gotta read!

Sep 7, 2015

Giveaway Winner: The Gilded Hour

Winner of the giveaway of The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati is:

Heather Sebastian.

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Sep 4, 2015

Book Beginning: THE ART OF MEMOIR by Mary Karr

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The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr, published September 2015 by Harper
Genre: nonfiction

Book beginning, Ch. 1, The Past's Vigor
At unexpected points in life, everyone gets waylaid by the colossal force of recollection. One minute you're a grown-ass woman, then a whiff of cumin conjures your dad's curry, and a whole door to the past blows open, ushering an uncanny detail. There are traumatic memories that ride u unbidden and dwarf you where you stand. But there are also memories you dig for: you start with a clear fix on a tiny instant, and pick at every knot until a thin thread comes undone that you can follow back through the mind's labyrinth to other places. We''ve all interrogated ourselves -- It couldn't have been Christmas because we had shorts on in the snapshot. Such memories start by being figured out, but the useful ones eventually gain enough traction to haul you through the past. 
Page 56:
Trying to catalogue Nabakov's talents would take a library, and yet not to call out Speak, Memory in a book about memoir would be like Fourth of July sans fireworks. 
IThe Art of Memoir, Mary Karr synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and “black belt sinner,” providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form that is as irreverent, insightful, and entertaining as her own work in the genre. (publisher)

I loved this book, and even started writing, inspired by its concepts and straightforward advice.

Sep 3, 2015

Book Review/Tour: The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie

The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie, published September 1, 2015 by Atria Books
Genre: historical fiction

Book description: Carefully researched and detailed, The Sisters of Versailles is the first book in an historical fiction trilogy about King Louis XV, France’s most “well-beloved” monarch, and the women who shared his heart and his bed. The Sisters of Versailles centers on the (relatively, at least for the genre) overlooked period of early 18th century France. 

The reign of Louis XV (1715 – 1774) a time of increasing social turbulence and change that sets the stage neatly for the French Revolution that follows. The Sisters of Versailles is the extraordinary tale of the five Nesle sisters—Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense, and Marie-Anne—four of whom became mistresses to King Louis XV. Their scandalous story is stranger than fiction but true in every shocking, amusing, and heartbreaking detail.

Court intriguers are beginning to sense that young King Louis XV, after seven years of marriage, is tiring of his Polish wife. The race is on to find a mistress for the royal bed as various factions put their best foot—and women—forward. The King’s scheming ministers push Louise, the eldest of the aristocratic Nesle sisters, into the arms of the King. Over the following decade, the four sisters—sweet, naïve Louise; ambitious Pauline; complacent Diane, and cunning Marie Anne—will conspire, betray, suffer, and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and power.

Telling the story of a group of women never before written about in English, Sally Christie’s stunning debut is a complex exploration of power and sisterhood—of the admiration, competition, and even hatred that can coexist within a family when the stakes are high enough. (publisher)

My comments: Reading about the four sisters who were enticed, cajoled or manipulated into becoming their king's mistresses in 18th century France was not a glamorous or exciting read for me. I was distressed at the history of these women and disturbed by the machinations of the people at court who seemed to control both king and the people around him.

Kudos to Sally Christie for her intricate research and for bringing these women in history to light. They were not total victims, but seemed to participate vigorously in the whole elaborate process.  It does help us to understand  how social and political conditions led up to the French Revolution that was to come.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for a review ARC of this book. For other reviews of The Sisters of Versailles, visit the tour schedule

Sally Christie was born in England of British parents but grew up mostly in Canada. As a child she moved around with her family and then continued her wandering as she pursued a career in international development; she’s lived in 14 different countries and worked in many more. She’s now settled in Toronto and loving it.
Sally lives and breathes history; ever since she read Antonia Fraser’s masterful Mary, Queen of Scots when she was 10, she’s been an avid history junkie. She wishes more attention and technical innovation was devoted to time travel, because there is nothing she would rather do than travel back in time! Writing historical fiction is a poor substitute, but it’s the best one we have at the moment.
When not reading and writing history, she’s a tennis and Scrabble fanatic.

Sep 1, 2015

Book Feature and Giveaway: THE GILDED HOUR by Sara Donati

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The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati, published September 1, 2015 by Berkley....
First paragraph, first chapter:
Early on a March morning on the cusp of spring, Anna Savard came in from the garden to find a young woman with a message that would test her patience, disrupt her day, and send her off on an unexpected journey: a harbinger of change wearing the nursing habit of the Sisters of Charity, standing in the middle of the kitchen.
Book description:

"... a remarkable epic about two female doctors in nineteenth-century New York and the transcendent power of courage and love.
The year is 1883 in New York City, a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and New York in the grips of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, Anna Savard and her cousin Sophie—both graduates of the Woman’s Medical School—treat the city’s most vulnerable.

Anna's work has placed her in the path of four children who have lost everything. For Sophie, an obstetrician and the orphaned daughter of free people of color, helping a desperate young mother ...thrusts her and Anna into the orbit of Anthony Comstock, a dangerous man who considers himself the enemy of everything indecent and of anyone who dares to defy him.
With its vivid depictions of old New York and its appealing characters, The Gilded Hour is an emotionally gripping novel by the author of Into the Wilderness." (goodreads)

The publisher is offering a copy of the book to a U.S. resident in a giveaway on this blog.
To enter, please email Harvee Lau at by September 5, 2015, with the heading GILDED GIVEAWAY. 

A winner will be chosen at random and notified by email on Sept. 6 with a request to forward a mailing address. A new winner will be chosen on Sept. 8 if there is no reply. Good luck!

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