Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion is our book club pick for January. We’ll be discussing it on Monday, February 3rd. It was originally our pick for December, but Anna Karenina took longer to read than anticipated. You know all this. I’m just posting this as a gentle reminder and as an invitation to anyone who is new or wasn’t aware of our book club pick for this month.
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz is February’s Phenomenally Indecisive Book Club pick. It’s a slim book of short stories centering around Yunior, a character who has made several appearances across Diaz’s work. I’m so, so excited about this pick.
First, Diaz is an author intimately familiar with the Latin immigrant culture, and it shows. Everything he writes is so familiar to me. Reading it is like watching my family argue.
Second, Diaz is one of my favorite contemporary authors. I love him. I can’t write about him without gushing so I’ll just say, again, I love him. I love him, I love him, I love him.
As excited as I am for this book, I am also nervous. I love Junot Diaz so much that I have placed him on a pedestal. I will be devastated if he goes the way of John Irving. Once my favorite author, Irving has become increasingly hit or miss. The Fourth Hand was a miss. Until I Find You forced me into a still-in-effect Irving sabbatical.
My goal moving forward is to gift a book club participant with the upcoming selection. I’ve done that a couple of times already, and a generous anonymous reader (Susan G.) has done it at least twice. Since I am actually organized and ahead of the game this time around, I can giveaway a copy of This is How You Lose Her with enough time for one reader to receive, read, and participate in the discussion. I will purchase the book in the format most convenient for you (e.g. hardback, ebook).
The rules are simple. Leave one comment, please. Legal restrictions force me to limit participants to those 18 years old and up. The giveaway is open to international readers. You are not required to like me, follow me, or give me flowers, chocolates, and promises you don’t intend to keep in order to participate in this giveaway, though I certainly won’t bite your fingers if you decide to do so. Truly, it’s not necessary or expected.
I will use a random number generator to pick the winner next week after closing the giveaway on Tuesday. I will announce the winner shortly after that, most likely on Wednesday.
UPDATE: Congratulations, Amy.