Saturday, March 13, 2010

Giveaway of This One is Mine by Maria Semple

About the Book, courtesy of the publisher:
Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life--except that she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap.

About the Author, courtesy of Maria Semple's website:
Maria Semple spent her first two years in Spain where her father had gone to write a play, but instead ended up writing the pilot for the TV series Batman. They packed up for Los Angeles, where Maria mainly remembers being driven around the hills in a Mercedes convertible with the latest Stephen Sondheim playing on 8-track. Wanting to expose the children to a change of seasons, her parents moved the family to Aspen in the early seventies. There, Maria became an expert skier, pot-smoker and delinquent. She was sent away to boarding school at Choate Rosemary Hall and loved every minute of it.

College was at Barnard, where Maria had big plans of becoming a novelist or an English teacher. Those dreams got derailed when she sold a movie script to Twentieth Century Fox just after graduation and moved to LA. She got into TV when her friend Darren Star-- whom she'd met on the ski slopes in Aspen years earlier-- gave her a job on Beverly Hills 90210. Thus began a fifteen-year career in television, writing for good shows like Ellen, Saturday Night Live, Mad About You and Arrested Development. And bad shows nobody needs to know about.

She had a baby and quit television. When it was time to get back to work, she resisted Hollywood and gave novel-writing a try. THIS ONE IS MINE is the result. Writing it was the most fun work experience of her life.

Maria, her boyfriend and their daughter have since left LA for Seattle where Maria's at work on her second novel. Find out more on Maria Semple's website at

Listen to an interview with Maria at Blog Talk Radio.

Check out the Reading Group Guide for This One is Mine.


To enter please share why you'd like to win this book.

1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win. No email address, no entry.
2. You must be a follower to join the contest.

The contest is limited to US and Canada only. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends at noon on April 15, 2010.

Thank you so much Valerie and Hatchette for sponsoring this giveaway!


  1. This looks really interesting! I'd love to give it a try. Please enter me!

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

  2. I'm a follower. I'd like to win because this book sounds terrific. I really like stories about women who theoretically should be happy, but aren't. It's so important to be true to oneself.


  3. This is on my TBR list - please count me in
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  4. I want to read this because it sounds like it will be a cute, fun, romantic read.


  5. Thanks for the giveaway. Please count me in. I follow.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  6. I'd like to read this because it sounds like the author can really write an interesting story.

  7. Mad About You and Ellen are among my favorite tv shows of all time. I would like to win This One Is Mine because I anticipate that it will be a riot. GRC follower.

  8. It looks like a fun read! I follow.

    simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

  9. I have been reading about this book and would love to read it after receiving great reviews. It sounds like it will be fun to keep everyone and their hangups straight. Please enter me.

    I am a follower.

    Thank you,


  10. I'd like to win this book because based on the description, sounds like it has some effort put into the side characters and a fairly down-to-earth storyline.

    Google Friend Connect follower, name is Bani.

    wakeupangel at gmail dot com

  11. This story just sounds like it's got a lot going on. Please count me in. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  12. It sounds great and I'd like to read it. :)

  13. I am a follower. I would like to see the outcome of this unhappy woman's life. Thanks for the chance. bekki1820cb at gmail

  14. i find the cover interesting

  15. I'm also a follower. I'd like to win this book because I *know* these people. Thanks!


  16. Please enter me in the contest, I am a follower.


  17. The cover is very eye catching and makes me want to read it.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  18. I'm a follower!
    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

  19. Please include me~! Thanks!

    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

  20. I am a follower and would like to enter this contest!

  21. Seems like an interesting read...always curious if the quintessential "happy family" is really that!

  22. It's always fun to venture out and read something different then what you are used to reading.

  23. This sounds like a fun read and I'm always up for something that will lighten my day. Thanks!


    cmayo AT

  24. sounds interesting
    copperllama at yahoo dot com

  25. Congratulations, Edith
    You are now following Starting Fresh
    I would love to enter this. I have recently entered into the fabulous world of Audio Books and am reading anything and everything I can get my hands on. I drive an 18wheeler so I listen while I drive and read hardcovers on my downtime
    Thanks for doing this

  26. I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I follow!

    jeffintennessee at gmail dot com

  27. I love memoirs!
    i'm a follower

  28. Oops--I got this book confused with another when i left the last post:-) I think this book sounds good b/c of the author's life--working for 90210, etc;-)

  29. I love reading debut novels and then following the author.

  30. I am a follower on google

    I would love to win this book, because of the title and the look of the cover, I usually can judge a book by its cover :)


  31. I am following you from twitter.

    This book has always interested me so I've been wanting to read it so bad. Thank you for doing this contest!

  32. I'd like to win this book, because it sounds like a wonderful read and I think I would enjoy it very much. Please enter me. Thanks!

    I am a follower!