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It's fun to give gifts to readers and that's exactly what I did over the holidays at the book club. Congratulations to the winners in my annual Book-a-Day Book giveaway. Your books will be in the mail soon.
The winners are: Dena C., Rebecca B., Jennifer G., Angela W., Adriana G., Susan G., Michelen W., Shari B., Roben C., Aaron P., Barbara M., Maggie W., Jennifer H., Sabine B., Ken M., Elizabeth V., Sandra E., Jean L., Ashley K., Chris B. and Jeremy H.
I have two more gifts for readers...
More than 16 million PBS viewers watched the premiere MASTERPIECE presentation of Victoria, created and written by Daisy Goodwin--the highest rated PBS drama in 20 years (second only to Downton Abbey). MASTERPIECE airs the second season of Victoria beginning Sunday, January 14th.
For fans of Victoria, there is a new companion volume to the series, written by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan. Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair is a small coffee table book that includes many photographs from behind the scenes of the series. It combines historical and biographical information about Victoria and Albert, with Victorian era trivia as well as background context for some of the episodes.
PBS has sent me two copies of Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair to giveaway to readers. To enter the giveaway click here.
And finally, Francesca, a reader at the book club sent me an email (below) in response to a column I wrote right before the holidays. There was a grumpy man standing in front of me in a checkout line at the store and my first thought was, 'Why is he being such a grump?' But then I got to thinking, 'Who knows what's going on in someone else's life?'
Francesca writes words for all of us to live by in the New Year....
"Suzanne, thank you for sharing your experience. Your experience reminded me of what I hope to see flourish in our world: a place where people don't react to the harshness of others and complain about 'what's wrong with that person' and instead ask 'what happened to that person?' It's a trauma-informed approach where we can look beyond the surface and understand there are multiple complexities to every person, some known and others hidden even to the individual.
Thanks for your contribution in creating a more compassionate, caring, and empathetic world and for these book club snippets. Best wishes for a year of goodness and all that you need." -- Francesca
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
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