Friday, December 16, 2011

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt Giveaway

      I can't say I never win anything! I entered a contest on Facebook sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers and was one of five lucky winners! It was for two copies of Caroline Preston's new hardcover book, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: one to keep and one to share. In that spirit, I am offering my second copy as a gift. All you have to do is leave a comment below. I will pick a name Sunday night, Dec. 18,  and as soon as I receive your address I will mail it to you. I have included information below about the book and as you will see, it is for anyone who wants to enjoy authentic memorabilia used to tell the story about a girl's life who graduated in 1920. I just received my prizes today and have only glanced through my copy, but it looks fantastic. I was lucky enough to listen to two podcasts where the author was interviewed, one from and one from and it was fascinating.

The following was copied from Caroline Preston's blog:

For her graduation from high school in 1920, Frankie Pratt receives a scrapbook and her father’s old Corona typewriter. Despite Frankie’s dreams of becoming a writer, she must forgo a scholarship to a prestigious women’s college to help her widowed mother. But when a mysterious Captain James sweeps her off her feet, her mother finds a way to protect Frankie from the less-than-noble intentions of her unsuitable beau.
Through a kaleidoscopic array of vintage postcards, letters, magazine ads, ticket stubs, catalogue pages, fabric swatches, candy wrappers, fashion spreads, menus and more, we meet and follow Frankie on her journey in search of success and love. Once at Vassar, Frankie crosses paths with intellectuals and writers, among them “Vincent,” (alumna Edna St. Vincent Millay), who encourages Frankie to move to Greenwich Village and pursue her writing. When heartbreak finds her in New York, she sets off for Paris aboard the S.S. Mauritania, where she keeps company with two exiled Russian princes and a “spinster adventuress.”  In Paris, Frankie takes a garret apartment above Shakespeare & Company, the hub of expat life, only to have a certain ne’er-do-well captain from past reappear. But when a family crisis compels Frankie to return to her small New England hometown, she finds exactly what she had been looking for all along.
Author of the New York Times Notable Book Jackie by Josie, Caroline Preston pulls from her extraordinary collection of vintage ephemera to create the first-ever scrapbook novel, transporting us back to the vibrant, burgeoning culture of the the 1920s and introducing us to an unforgettable heroine, the spirited, ambitious, and lovely Frankie Pratt.

I am excited to offer this in the spirit of the holiday season. If you are interested, just leave your comment below! I hope you and your family enjoy the holidays and that 2012 is good to you.