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July 21, 2014

Today's Featured Title and Contest July 21, 2014

This Special Newsletter spotlights a book that we think is a great summer reading selection. Read more about it, and enter our Summer Reading Contest by Tuesday, July 22nd at 11:59am ET for a chance to win one of five copies of LAY IT ON MY HEART by Angela Pneuman, which is now in stores. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!

Today's Featured Book and Contest: LAY IT ON MY HEART by Angela Pneuman

This piercing, sly debut novel tells the story of one unforgettable month in a Kentucky girl's 13th year. Charmaine Peake's prophet father has been committed to a psychiatric institution. Her mother, forced to rent out their house and move them down to a trailer on the river, won't stop telling Charmaine things she doesn't want to hear. A sanctimonious missionary kid has taken over her real bedroom, where Charmaine discovers his stash of strange and questionable photos. She is being tested at every turn: Where will her choices take her? And her faith? She tries to pray ceaselessly as her father taught, but with so much upheaval, even God seems to have changed.

Like the beloved YA-YA SISTERHOOD, LAY IT ON MY HEART unleashes Southern humor on the effects of a parent's mental illness. It brings us into the heart of a family weathering the toughest patch in their lives. But most of all, it marks out the seemingly unbearable realities of adolescence and the power that comes from discovering --- and accepting --- who you are. A moving, hilarious portrayal of the relationship between mothers and daughters, this book fulfills Angela Pneuman's promise as "one of the most astonishingly talented writers today" (Julie Orringer).

-Click here to read an excerpt.
-Click here for a discussion and wine guide.

Click here to enter the contest by Tuesday, July 22nd at 11:59am ET.

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