Saturday, November 20, 2021

This OR That #Giveaway Week 38 ~ Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens OR The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See #WhereTheCrawdadsSing #TheTeaGirlOfHummingbirdLane


I have sooooo many books! 

The This or That Giveaway! feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the many books I have. It's a way for me to cull my collection and give someone else the chance to enjoy these treasures.

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!


Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens
Hardcover ~ August 2018

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her.

But Kya is not what they say. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life's lessons from the land, learning the real ways of the world from the dishonest signals of fireflies. But while she has the skills to live in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens.

In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a profound coming of age story and haunting mystery. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the child within us, while also subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

The story asks how isolation influences the behavior of a young woman, who like all of us, has the genetic propensity to belong to a group. The clues to the mystery are brushed into the lush habitat and natural histories of its wild creatures.


The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
Lisa See
Hardcover ~ March 2017

In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations—until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen.

Slowly, Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped her early life. When she has a baby out of wedlock she rejects the tradition that would compel her to give the child over to be killed, and instead leaves her, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby city.

As Li-yan comes into herself, leaving her village for an education, a business, and city life, her daughter, Haley, is raised in California by loving adoptive parents. Despite her privileged childhood, Haley wonders about her origins. Across the ocean Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. Over the course of years, each searches for meaning in the study of Pu’er, the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for centuries.


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  1. "How will you or how did you celebrate Thanksgiving? Or is it just another day?" I would like it to be just another day, but I am afraid there will be something caloric that will be all too tempting....

  2. Due to family being away I am making plans with my Brit friend to enjoy a dinner together.

  3. We will have a casual day here and watch the parade on TV, then football, and I will make turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and cheesecake.

  4. Our immediate family "bubble" will be having a small Thanksgiving get together with a meal at home.

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  5. We will be having a family meal with all the trimmings. Thankfully our daughter and SIL offered to host otherwise we all would have had to gather in our small townhouse.

  6. Sharing the day with my immediate family this year. I am so thankful to get the opportunity to do so!


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