From time to time I plan on giving away books, etc., on this blog — these will all be new items, not hand-me-downs, unless explicitly stated otherwise. The winner is under no obligation to read or review this book, though if you wish to do so I would be happy to share your thoughts here on LBTC afterward. So if you’d like to win this book, leave a comment on this entry. If there’s more than one comment :), I will borrow from my friend Amy at SelfishMom.com and use random.org‘s sequence generator to pick the winner. Either way, entries must be made by midnight, Sunday August 30, 2009.
Our first book giveaway is a memoir penned by Vanity Fair writer Marie Brenner, about a troubled sibling relationship:
by Marie Brenner.
Paperback, 304 pages. 2009.
In life, there are always people we don’t get along with or find hard to understand, but what happens when the person who is hardest to befriend is your own brother? The relationship between siblings lies at the center of Apples & Oranges. When, in Marie Brenner’s case, sibling rivalry is a fundamental part of the brother-sister dynamic, is it possible to change that familial relationship? Even when the situation is desperate?
Apples & Oranges chronicles the story of Marie and her brother Carl (as well as other interesting members of the Brenner clan), a relationship that has been contentious almost from birth…or at least dating back to Carl, age 3, throwing his baby sister out the window. Fast forward to adulthood, where the separation of siblings is not only geographical, but entrenched by their vastly different personalities; Carl is a conservative apple grower, living in Washington state, while Marie, a classic New York liberal, makes a living as an investigative journalist for “Vanity Fair.” Their worlds could not be more different, so too, their personalities.
As adult siblings, every encounter remains strained. When Carl sends precious fruit from his orchards as a gift to Marie, it comes complete with instructions and follow-up phone calls. Even Carl’s decision to share his life-altering secret (a terminal disease) is done by letter to Marie delivered via FedEx and scheduled to arrive after the Thanksgiving holiday. In turn, when Marie decides to fly out to Washington upon learning the news, Carl is not informed ahead of time for fear of sibling rejection.
With such a long way to go, is it possible for two individuals so separate in their philosophies and life styles to come together as family in the face of this crisis? For Marie, it is the only solution. While she can’t save her brother’s life (despite all her investigative skills–in this case, applied to medical research to save her brother), Marie believes that if she and her brother can somehow bridge the gap that has existed for so many years, it will be enough.
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