Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Let's Have a Giveaway ~ Waiting for Snow in Havana; Carlos Eire

It has been a while since I've had a giveaway, and since I received a new book this week which I have already read (and really enjoyed), I thought someone might enjoy it as well.  I actually read it (pre blogging days), but it apparently has been released once again.

(DESCRIPTION)....A childhood in a privileged household in 1950s Havana was joyous and cruel, like any other - but with certain differences. The neighbour's monkey was liable to escape and run across your roof. Surfing was conducted by driving cars across the breakwater. Lizards and firecrackers made frequent contact. Carlos Eire's childhood was a little different from most. His father was convinced he had been Louis XVI in a past life. At school, classmates with fathers in the Batista government were attended by chauffeurs and bodyguards. At a home crammed with artifacts and paintings, portraits of Jesus spoke to him in dreams and nightmares. Then, in January 1959, the world changes: Batista is suddenly gone, a cigar-smoking guerrilla has taken his place, and Christmas is cancelled. The echo of firing squads is everywhere. And, one by one, the author's schoolmates begin to disappear -- spirited away to the United States. Carlos will end up there himself, without his parents, never to see his father again.

Narrated with the urgency of a confession, Waiting For Snow In Havana is both an ode to a paradise lost and an exorcism. More than that, it captures the terrible beauty of those times in our lives when we are certain we have died -- and then are somehow, miraculously, reborn.

(US and International)

1.  Just leave a comment with your email address.
                          ( how simple is that?)

2.  Winner will be selected on Sunday - November 14th, and notified by email.
(if winner does not respond with mailing info within 48 hours another winner will be selected) 

Good Luck to All


  1. Oh I just started this one and it's due back at the library! I'd love to have my own copy -I'm reading it as part of my "month of memoirs".

    thanks for the contest.

    tbranco AT hughes DOT net

  2. Wow, how cool is this! Thank You for this wonderful giveaway.

    givingreadingachance AT gmail.com

  3. Oh thanks for sharing, I haven't read this but it sounds interesting, definitely enter me :)


    I have a giveaway going on at my blog of a book I loved too if you are interested.

  4. Thank you ever so much for this. It looks so good.


  5. this seems like a really good book-thanks for hosting the contest and pls enter me

    rereadinglives (at)gmail.com

  6. I'm drooling over the sound of this one!


    Thanks for hosting!!

  7. It's too simple. Thanx for making it simple. I've wanted to read this book for a long time. I've read, I think, only one other book about Cuba. The book is White Rose by Amy Ephron. I read it last year. I think.
    I would love to read this one.


  8. I'm first! LOL. Thanks for the giveaway. =)

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

  9. I like the sound of this novel, the plot sound very interesting. My email is theolivareader@gmail.com

  10. Looks like a great book!

    megan.nobert AT gmail.com

  11. Please throw my name in the hat. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

  12. Oh, count me in! Thanks, Diane...


  13. Wow, this does sound like a great book, and I just love the cover! Please do enter me in your giveaway!!


  14. Yep, that one does sound pretty good!

  15. What a great give-away! Thanks so much for this opportunity! ~karen

  16. No entry please. Just stopping by to say hi! Great book to give away. i have a copy too I need to read!

  17. I'd love to win a copy of Waiting for Snow in Havana!

  18. Ooooh... I want to give this a try! Hopefully I win (praying hard now).


  19. From your review this sounds like a good read and a book giveaway I'd like to win.

    ruthcox at abitosunshine dot net

  20. I'd love to be entered for this one.

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

  21. I really want to read this. I am fascinated by Cuba. Are there other nonfiction titles you've read about it? What a very kind thing to offer this giveaway, Diane.

  22. I read my first book about Cuba this year (Spy's Fate by Arnaldo Correa) and I liked it. It'd be nice to read another one. Thanks for contest.


  23. This book is on my tbr list! I'm so excited that you are hosting a giveaway of it! Thank you, Diane! It sounds like a wonderfully captivating story.

    ~ Amy
    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

  24. My daughter loves all things Cuba since visiting in 2007 with her African Literature class. I would love to win this book for her then borrow it for myself. Thanks for the giveaway!


  25. WOW! This sounds amazing!
    Please put me in for the giveaway.

    Thanks so much for hosting a contest

    gradhgaelmochridhe [at] gmail [dot] com

  26. I love this title and your description!

    terrib61 [at] gmail [dot] com

  27. Sounds very interesting!! I would love to be entered.




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