Saturday, July 18, 2009

Book Giveaway - The Imposter's Daughter: A True Memoir by Laurie Sandell

Thanks to Anna and Hatchette Books Group, we're giving away 5 copies of the unusual graphic memoir The Imposter's Daughter: A True Memoir by Laurie Sandell.

Synopsis:

The Imposter's Daughter: A True Memoir is described as a "graphic memoir" because the cartoons are supposed to be largely nonfiction. The work is divided into two main parts. In Part One of The Imposter's Daughter, we follow Laurie Sandell from her childhood hero worship of her father through the slow discovery of his lies and deception to how this experience shaped Laurie's early adult years. Charismatic, good looking and confident, Laurie knew her father to be a former green beret with a law degree from NYU and a PhD from Columbia University who served as an economist and advisor to Henry Kissinger and had grown up with fabulous wealth in Argentina. He was larger than life and full of exciting stories of his past, his teaching career, and the businesses that he was working on. As the eldest and his favorite child, they shared a special bond. But after her father left the post as an economics professor, he spent his time at home and became increasingly paranoid, eccentric controlling. As his life unravelled, so did their closeness. It wasn't until after college and when she was applying for her first credit card that Laurie discovered that her father had taken out credit cards and thousands of dollars of debt in her name. Justifiably upset, she contacted her family - and they learn that he'd taken out credit cards and loans under all of their names. Their house is nearly lost from under them. Laurie's life is fluid and she decides to spend the next four years exploring the world. She travels to Israel, Japan, Jordan, Paris, Egypt, Mexico, and Thailand, undoubtedly breaking hearts while experimenting. She works as a stripper in Tokyo, seduces lesbian women in Israel, and grows addicted to presciption drugs. Laurie returns to America and works as a secretary by day while researching and writing about her father's deceptions at night. Part One ends with the publication of Laurie's article "My Father, the Fraud" in Esquire Magazine.

In Part Two, Laurie starts work at a popular woman's magazine where she excels at celebrity interviews and builds her reputation. She discovers that she has a gift for building relationships with celebrities - "most of them lived in emotional castles surrounded by moats, and I'd been building a tower around myself for thirty-two years." While she builds her professional life, Laurie slowly becomes addicted to prescription drugs. Although her relationship with her father and family deteriorates, but Laurie continues digging into her father's past. Reaching out to distant acquaintances, strangers, and estranged family, Laurie slowly pieces together her father's life.

Review:

I had intended to just glance through the book and somehow read it all in one sitting. The first surprise was that the entire work is a graphic memoir - a "nonfiction cartoon" written and illustrated by Laurie Sandell. The book is beautifully done - from the cover and the drawings to the writing and pacing. It worked together so well that I find it hard to believe the story is true, although it likely is, after all it's even called The Imposter's Daughter: A True Memoir. Warning: some of the graphics are explicit. The book targets an adult audience.

This as a fun summer read. I'm looking forward to more of Laurie Sandell's work in the future.

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (July 29, 2009), 256 pages. The book will be available on July 29, 2009 but can be ordered in advance through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Powells.

Courtesy of Hatchette Books Group.


Laurie Sandell, author photo

About the Author:

Laurie Sandell is a contributing editor at Glamour, where she writes cover stories, features, and personal essays, and has published cartoons. She has also written for Esquire, GQ, New York, and InStyle, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Read more about on Laurie Sandell's website at http://www.lauriesandell.com/

If you'd like to meet the author, here's the schedule of Laurie Sandell readings:

  • August 10 @ 7 pm at Powell's City of Books (Portland, OR)
  • August 12 @ 7 pm at Books, Inc. (San Fransisco, CA)

  • August 13 @ 7 pm at Book Soup (Los Angeles, CA)

  • August 27 @ 7 pm at Barnes & Noble (New York, NY)


CONTEST DETAILS

To enter, (a) share the biggest lie that you've ever told or (b) visit Laurie Sandell's website at http://www.lauriesandell.com/main/ and tell us which cartoon you like best.

Rules:
1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win.
2. For an extra entry, sign up to be a follower. If you're already a follower, let me know and you'll get the extra entry as well.
3. For another extra entry, subscribe via googlereader or blogger or by email and let me know that you do.
4. For another entry, blog about this giveaway and send me the link.
5. Leave a separate comment for each entry or you'll only be entered once.

The contest is limited to US and Canada only. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends at 6 pm on August 9, 2009.

Thank you so much, Anna and Hatchette Books Group!

41 comments:

  1. "I'm fine" is the biggest lie!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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  2. I'm a follower...
    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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  3. Im a horrible liar so people know when Im doing it but I did tell my sister that I didn't ruin her Jonas Brother Poster... Its big because she's LOVES them (She's 10). She has a bunch more and I accidentley ripped one... Thank god she never found out, I would have been in ALOT of trouble!
    -Liz

    liztapioka14 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  4. I also follow!
    -Liz

    liztapioka14 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  5. I weigh 120 is my biggest lie.

    dlodden(at)frontiernet(dot)net

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  6. Okay, I failed a year and have keep it a secret.
    Anyways, I am a follower and would love to win this book. Many thanks.

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  7. Hi! Just posted this on WIn A Book.

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  8. I like the 5 most annoying coworkers cartoon
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  9. follower
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  10. subscribe in google reader
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  11. blogged
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  12. When I was a kid I told my sister there were "flying mice" and scared her to death about flying bugs for an entire summer!

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  13. I am a follower.

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  14. i liked the "5 most awkward couple moments" cartoon
    amanda
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  15. i'm a follower
    amanda
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  16. i subscribe via email
    amanda
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  17. I love the five most awkward couples moments... sex injury!!

    great contest.

    sara
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  18. The biggest lie I ever told was when I cut my little brother's hair with wavy scissors and then denied the entire thing. I was only 8...
    Thank you so much for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. The biggest lie that I can think of is when I tell my husband and children that I really don't want anything for my birthday or Christmas, or that they can get me whatever they want!

    Cindy
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  20. I follow your blog on Google and enjoy it very much!

    Cindy
    Socmom213@aol.com

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  21. I also subscribe by email.

    Cindy
    Socmom213@aol.com

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  22. I told my hubbys little sister(she was 5), that the big stacks that bellow out pollution from factories we passed, were actually cloudmakers lol! Even made up a song to sing every time we passed one haha! She believed me for a couple years :)

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  23. nothings wrong why do you ask??? minsthins at optonline dot net

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  24. There is nothing wrong is the biggest lie I tell.

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  25. You look great is the biggest lie I tell

    jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

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  26. I would have to say my favorite cartoon is The 5 Most Awkward couple moments.

    leann.luckett(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I subscribed to rss feed via google reader

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  28. I'm sure I told a lie or two when I was a kid but I can't remember. I like reading about lies but I don't like to tell them.
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  29. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    As much as I desperately avoid lying, I still used to fib when I was a teenager about having cramps and my period to get out of 'dressing out' for PE class lol

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  30. The biggest lie I ever told had to do with men and sex....thats all I can say on a family friendly blog!

    madamerkf at aol dot com

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  31. The weight on my drivers license, lol!

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  32. I'd have to go with the weight on my ID or "This food is delicious."

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  33. I follow.
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  34. I liked the 5 most annoying coworkers. Thank you

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  35. I am a follower. Thanks

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  36. I subscribe by email, count me in, I forgot my
    email in one of the other postings.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

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  37. My usual lies are related to weight!

    firebee

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  38. That I really loved my ex boyfreind

    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

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