Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Review & Giveaway: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures by Caroline Preston




Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Ecco

ISBN:0061966908 (ISBN13: 9780061966903)
About the author:
Caroline Preston is the author of three previous novels, "Jackie by Josie" (a "New York Times" Notable Book), "Lucy Crocker 2.0", and "Gatsby's Girl". She has collected antique scrapbooks since she was in high school, and has worked as an archivist at the Peabody/Essex Museum and Harvard University. She and her husband, the writer Christopher Tilghman, live in Charlottesville, Virginia.
thoughts: Not only is this a fascinating concept, the story to go along with the book is delightful. Frankie is such a spirited character! We follow Frankie as she graduates from high school in the very small New Hampshire town of Cornish through her college years at Vassar to her grand adventures in Paris and right back to Cornish where she finally finds just what she was looking for. We feel for her when she experiences the pangs of new love found and lost. It's probably this experience that got her her first writing job!

     "I think I know something about sorrow, Mr. Macfadden. My father died young, leaving my mother to support 3 children."

     "Most of our stories are about heartache. What do you know about that?"

     I pause--just say whatever it takes to get the job. "I was involved with a man who turned out to be married." Straight out of True Story!

     He looks pleased. "But you lived to regret it?"

     "Yes, sir, I did."

     "Atta girl. Sin, suffer and repent. That's our motto. You're hired."

   
The visuals in the books are just stunning. I loved the idea of using old postcards, vintage ads and
other memorabilia from the 1920's all arranged in scrapbook fashion. Some of the items I even recognized from my childhood. Wow, did that make me feel old!! Please be sure to listen to Caroline Preston's trailer as she tells how this book came about.

This is one of those books you could just keep perusing over and over.  The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt would make a wonderful gift, (once you have your own copy!). It's definitely a keeper to be savored time and again. 5*****To see some sample pages from the book, please visit Harper Collins.





Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided Harper Collins by in exchange for my honest
opinion. Thank you, Heather!

Through the generosity of Harper Collins, I am allowed to give away up to 5 copies of this book.  Open to US only. Deadline to enter is November 12th at 5 PM (est)

Bonus entries available for this contest are as follows:

+1 for posting on your facebook page with link to giveaway
+2 for being a follower, old or new. Just remind me how you follow and under what name.
+3 for blogging (sidebar is fine) or tweeting about the giveaway. Leave me a link, please.


If you wish to enter but cannot leave a comment, you can e mail me at florida982002[at]yahoo.com with Win The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt in the subject line. Leave your name and e mail.

Good luck!

52 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

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  2. +1 for posting on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=hp)

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  3. +2 for being a follower on GFC as wfnren.

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  5. +3 for tweeting at http://twitter.com/#!/wfnren/status/131376614444515328

    and posting on my blog at http://wrensthoughts.blogspot.com/p/contests-and-giveaways-good-luck.html

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  6. What a wonderful giveaway. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. This unique treasure of a book interests me greatly. Thanks so much. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. Being a bit of a scrap booker, this post really caught my interest. I just visited the HC site to see the wonderful pages. It is truly awesome. Someone is going to win a gem.

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  9. what a unique presentation for a book. thanks for featuring it, I'm going to look into it.

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  10. What a unique way to tell a story!!

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  11. I liked the video. If the book is even half that good, it'll be a winner. Hope you're off having fun with your "baby girl". Happy birthday to both of you.

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  12. I saw this book at the library and flipped through it. I'd love to win it.

    I'm a follower.

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  13. I love old scrapbooks! I remember going through my aunt's back in the 40s/50s and marveling at all her costumes - she was a singer.

    +2 GFC follower as Karen B.

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  14. Being a scrapbooker myself I'm instantly drawn to this story. I loved the trailer and all the ephemera that she has for her book!!!

    I posted it on facebook

    I stalk you...um..follow you under stacijoreads...

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  15. Love love the concept of this book and an excellent story to boot. I'm entering.

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  16. posted the giveaway on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=177232355697606&id=108116422539816

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  17. I follow as Savvy Verse & Wit.

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  18. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/SavvyVerseWit/status/131530143582785536

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  19. I adored this book! No need to enter me.

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  20. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story :)

    karenk
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  21. I am so excited about this book! I love old scrapbooks so I am loving this concept! Thanks for offering this as a giveaway!

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  22. I am an old follower under bthgordon

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  23. I have read a few reviews of this book, and they have all been so wonderful, so I would love the chance to be entered in your giveaway for a chance to win! The book sounds wonderful!

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  24. This book looks fantastic! Please throw my name in the hat.

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  25. I follow via GFC (Anna).

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  26. I posted about the giveaway on my Facebook page:

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  27. I also posted the giveaway in my sidebar:

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  28. what an unique book

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  29. old gfc
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  30. I love old postcard and greeting cards. I still have the valentines that my father sent my mother before, during and after WWII. There is something more charming about them then today's versions. So I know I would enjoy this scrapbook.

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  31. +1 I posted on my Facebook page:

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  32. +2 I am old GFC follower of your blog.

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  33. I tweeted this giveaway:
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  34. This looks like such an unusual book! Thanks for the chance to win.
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  35. I am an old GFC follower!
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  36. I'd love to win this book. ruthjoec at aoldotcom

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  37. I'm a google follower ruthjoec at aoldotcom

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  38. I posted on facebook about this

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  39. sounds like a good one

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  40. I love the format of this book and definitely want to read it! Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway!

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  41. +2 GFC Follower - Amy

    +1 Posted Giveaway on my FB page:
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  42. What a fabulous and unique book concept, with a great storyline, too! I'd love to win this book giveaway and add this gem to my bookshelf.

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  43. New GFC follower Ruth Cox aka abitosunshine
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  44. Posted on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/abitosunshine/posts/299381636758535

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  45. Twitter tweeted this book giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/abitosunshine/status/133935979345088512

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  46. Please enter me.

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  47. plus 2 for following

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  49. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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  50. GFC Follower

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  51. I Tweeted!
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  52. Got my book from UPS today. Thank you for doing the giveaway!

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