Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop: The Lotus Eaters

Welcome to Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop at In The Next Room. I'm offering one new paperback copy of The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli provided by the publisher.
Summary from Goodreads:
A unique and sweeping debut novel of an American female combat photographer in the Vietnam War, as she captures the wrenching chaos and finds herself torn between the love of two men.

On a stifling day in 1975, the North Vietnamese army is poised to roll into Saigon. As the fall of the city begins, two lovers make their way through the streets to escape to a new life. Helen Adams, an American photojournalist, must take leave of a war she is addicted to and a devastated country she has come to love. Linh, the Vietnamese man who loves her, must grapple with his own conflicted loyalties of heart and homeland. As they race to leave, they play out a drama of devotion and betrayal that spins them back through twelve war-torn years, beginning in the splendor of Angkor Wat, with their mentor, larger-than-life war correspondent Sam Darrow, once Helen's infuriating love and fiercest competitor, and Linh's secret keeper, boss and truest friend.

Tatjana Soli paints a searing portrait of an American woman’s struggle and triumph in Vietnam, a stirring canvas contrasting the wrenching horror of war and the treacherous narcotic of obsession with the redemptive power of love. Readers will be transfixed by this stunning novel of passion, duty and ambition among the ruins of war.
You must be a follower to enter this giveaway. To enter leave a comment with a recommendation for a book that takes place in an unusual country- specifically, outside of North America or Europe. Make sure you include your e-mail address so I have a way to contact you. The winner will be randomly selected using random and will have 48 hours to reply to my e-mail. It is open to Canada and the US, no PO Boxes. This giveaway will close when the giveaway hop ends at 11:59 PM on January 17th EST.

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  1. I'm a follower.
    It's been out a long time, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Kite Runner, especially because of it being situated in Afghanistan. I learned to much history of which I was unfamiliar!
    tootsierollpop15 at hotmail dot com

  2. I'm currently listening to Djibouti by Elmore Leonard. It's a contemporary fiction about all the piracy that's happening on the western coast of Africa, mostly in Somalia. (Plus, it's really fun to say Djibouti!)

    beths0103 at yahoo dot com

  3. One of my favorites is the Poisonwood Bible (everyone's read it by now) by Barbara Kingsolver. It takes place in the Congo in Africa. Really well written. You feel just like you're there, experiencing everything!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    XO~ Amy Jo (follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

  4. One of my favorite series is the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning and they are set in Ireland!

  5. A great read is - The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk, a love story set in Istanbul.

    Thanks for the opportunity! (Hugs)Indigo

  6. Funny thing is... "The Immortals" Series (evermore, shadowland, yadda yadda)
    is set in the US.. but ALOT of the plot is in SUMMERLAND (a place between places!)

    Hope that counts :)

  7. I follow via gfc. I enjoyed Children of Dust by Ali Eteraz. The majority of the book takes place in Pakistan
    tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

  8. When I was sick and trapped last Spring, my boyfriend brought me a box of books his Mum was reading, and at the top of this pile, was "Sweetness in the Belly" by Camilla Gibb. Though it is set in London initially, the focus of the story is in Ethiopia during turbulent times, and it just kept me reading, I was an addict - I would recommend that to you!

    I heard about The Lotus Eaters a while ago and it's been on my TBR list for a while, so thanks for that, too.

    Thanks for the contest! :)
    I am a GFC Follower (under this name)

  9. I follow through GFC. I enjoyed The Kite Runner.

  10. I'm a Gfc follower. I'd recommend reading "Amaryllis in Blueberry" it takes place in Africa. The tribal lifestyle and rituals make it interesting.

    BookNoise at gmail dot com

  11. I am a follower. My recommendation would be Lauren Willig's The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (Pink Carnation), which is partly set in India. Actually the whole Pink Carnation series is wonderful.

    email: bridg1dr(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. I'm a GFC follower. My recommendation would be Life of Pi by Yann Martell. It starts out in India, but most of the book actually takes place in a boat in the ocean as the main character tries to get to Canada from India.

  13. My recommendation is for Eat pray Love that takes place in Italy, India and Indonesia.

    GFC follower

    simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

  14. I have read The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns and really liked them both! I am also a follower. :)
    thewindowseatreader at yahoo dot com

  15. I'm a GFC follower.

    I'd suggest "Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. It's about the construction of more than 50 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.


  16. I am a GFC follower.

    I highly recommend Spud by John van de Ruit. It is a hilarious boarding school coming-of-age story set in South Africa.


  17. GFC: geekdgirl

    I really enjoyed The Sex Lives of Cannibals...amusing with an exotic locale.

  18. im a GFC follower

    honestly I havent read many books out side of the us tho id o love all of Shobhan Bantwal's Books

  19. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer is the true and tragic story of a climb up Mt Everest. A great read.

  20. Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn is sort of a magical realism/sci-fi book based in Japan. I loved it!


  21. I recommend The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar set in India.

    Thank you forthis terrific giveaway! I am a GFC follower of your blog.

    Aimala127 (at) gmail (dot) com

  22. Some of Eat Pray Love takes place in India and Indonesia. Loved it!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  23. I recommend Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda which takes place in India.

    Thanks for the giveaway! (:

  24. The book i love is Gracling Im not sure where it takes place its been a while since i read it. But it is back in knights nd Kingdon times.
    Please enter me

  25. Thank you for the giveaway.

    GFC follower as seriousreader

    The Caterpillar Cop: A Lieutenant Kramer and Detective Sergeant Mickey Zondi Investigation by James McClure takes place in South Africa.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  26. I really enjoyed Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.


  27. Thanks for the great giveaway and for participating in this blog hop! A book I enjoyed set in Japan is "Memoirs of a Geisha". I'm a new GFC follower (Bornajhawk).


  28. NEW GFC follower
    I enjoyed the book Shadowland and think you would too.
    Thanks for the chance
    epblack at zoominternet dot net

  29. I am a follower-GFC-judy.

    I just read Lily of the Nile by Stphanie Dray. It is about the daughter of Cleopatra and is set in Roman Times. I really enjoyed it.


  30. New GFC follower!
    Read The Road from Coorain by Jill KerConway that takes place in Australia.

  31. I'll be honest I don't read many books that take place outside of north america/Europe. I do have on my shelf waiting to be read a book called Pearl of China. new GFC follower Melissa R.

    giveawaymommy at yahoo dot com

  32. I'm a follower. Crusade by Nancy Holder took place partly in Italy and was pretty interesting.


  33. I"m a follower! I'd recommend Reading Lolita in Tehran!

    TaraTagli at gmail dot com

  34. I would recommend Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay. I'd also recommend One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It's been a long time since I read it but I think it takes place in a fictional city somewhere in South America. Another good one is Memoirs of a Geisha by Authur Golden. I follow on GFC as Melanie L.

  35. Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer. Interesting look at war, politics, and family values. Highly recommend it.
    heidigleb at gmail dot com

  36. Interesting and important information. It is really beneficial for us. Thanks


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