Thursday, January 14, 2010

Giveaway: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Summary: Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell.

In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah's perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie's all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others. -- Pamela Dorman Books/Viking


Remember a few days ago when I telling you about SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT by Beth Hoffman? I absolutely loved this book and it's already one of my favorites for 2010. If you missed my raving review, you can read it here.

Well thanks to the author (who is absolutely awesome, by the way) I have two autographed copies of SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT to giveaway. To enter, all you have to do is tell me one of your favorite Southern novels. You have until Thursday, January 28th at 11:59 p.m. EST to leave your comment (with a valid email address), and I will randomly pick the winners the following day. This contest is open to those of you with U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only. Good luck!!!

104 comments:

Jen Forbus said...

I have always loved Faulkner, so ABSOLAM, ABSOLAM would definitely be one. But I'm also a huge fan of both Pat Conroy and James Lee Burke who write beautiful books set in the south. Of Pat Conroy's my favorite is probably LORDS OF DISCIPLINE and Burke's would be LAST CAR TO THE ELYSIAN FIELDS

etirv said...

I like Moon Women by Pamela Duncan!

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thekoolaidmom said...

Well, I would have to say my favorite Southern Novel is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

And I've been avoiding reading the stuff about this book, because I know if I look I'll want it... too late :-)

so I'll throw my name in the hat for this one. ibetnoonehasthisdamnid@yahoo.com

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

I loved Gone With the Wind.

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Just Mom said...

That's tough but probably one of Pat Conroy's books - if I HAVE to pick one, The Prince of Tides. (But I really love many more than just one...)

Deborah said...

I really liked Denise Hildreth's Savannah series. They are southern chick lit!

Icedream said...

I read your review and added this one to my wish list!
I have so many favorite southern novels..Plantation by Dorthea Benton Frank hasn't been listed yet so I will. :)
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rhapsodyinbooks said...

I so want to read this! I guess for a favorite Southern novel I will also go with To Kill A Mockingbird.

Thanks for the contest!

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lag123 said...

My favorite is The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood.

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pinkflipflops said...

hmm The Scandolous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc.. :) Great summer read..

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scottsgal said...

I enjoyed Seaview Inn by Sheryl Woods
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Michelle said...

I haven't read many Southern novels, but I have to agree with thekoolaidmom on "To Kill a Mockingbird." Great, great novel.

holdenj said...

I have always loved Fannie Flagg and one of my faves is Standing in the Rainbow. Cece looks great! Thanks for the chance to win.
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Dar said...

I've got this posted at Win a Book for you Julie. No need to enter me.

Karen said...

So tough to choose...I'm going with Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Nise' said...

I loved the series by Mary Kay Andrews.

Renee J said...

I would have to say Fannie Flagg, Standing in the Rainbow, Fried Green Tomatoes. She is an amazing writer.

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Sunny @ the Library said...

Anything by Lee Smith, really, but I'll say _Fair and Tender Ladies_

Thanks for the giveaway1

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Emily said...

I am midway through Beautiful Creatures and love it! I also just finished Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter by Lisa Patton and fell head over heels in love with it!

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Mary said...

I really liked The Fixer-Upper by Mary Kay Andrews. Or pretty much any other book by MKA :D

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Julie said...

I can't pick one so.....Garden Spells or The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kid.

This looks like a great book!!

Mrs. Melissa said...

I've read Secret Life of Bees 4 times - its the most beautiful book I've read ever!

Please enter me!

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Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

I saw many of my favorite Southern novels on the list, including Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Secret Life of Bees. :-)

For my pick, I'll go with Gail Godwin's novels, including A Southern Family.

Jonita said...

Put me in for this one, please! I enjoyed "The Fixer Upper" by Mary Kay Andrews!

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Michelle said...

That's a tough one. Ten years ago, I would have said Gone With the Wind. Recently, I read my first Pat Conroy (South of Broad and fell in love. Then there's the great To Kill a Mockingbird. Do I have to pick just one?

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Lisa said...

Gone With The Wind, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and The Prince of Tides. Or any Faulkner.

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Amused said...

Thank you for doing this giveaway! One of my favorite Southern novels would be the classic "Gone with the Wind".

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wheresmyrain said...

just saw this the other day, looks wonderful, my most recent fave southern novel was actually a sookie sookhouse book,does that count?ha

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WinterWrite said...

I love Pat Conroy's writing, so I would have to pick Prince of Tides. It is one of my favorites. I also really enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees.

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amanda18228 said...

My favorite Southern novel is probably To Kill a Mockingbird.
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Esme said...

Gone with the wind Thanks

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Beth said...
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Beth said...

Oops, forgot to mention my book. I loved the Spoon River anthology. Er, it might not count as a novel, since it's in poetry. I also love To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Rachel said...

To Kill A Mockingbird is my all-time favorite southern novel. The Sookie Stackhouse books are my favorite recently read southern novels.

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Kim said...

I am so wanting this book. Southern women authors are my favorite. I like many of the books already mentioned, but really enjoyed reading Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes.

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Meghan said...

This book sounds amazing! My favorite Southern novel is Gone With the Wind - haven't found anything to supplant it yet. Thanks for the contest, Julie!

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Sandy Nawrot said...

Oooh, that is a tough one! To Kill a Mockingbird? The Help? Gone With the Wind? Prince of Tides? Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil? Speaking of which, anything set in Savannah has instant atmosphere. What a charming place! I must read this book. rnawrot at cfl dot rr dot com

Sandra said...

One of my all-time favourite southern novels is Child of God by Cormac McCarthy. Great characters. I would love to win this book.
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Linda said...

This book sounds wonderful. I've enjoyed several 'southern' novels by Dorothea Benton Frank, but probably my favorite novel of this genre is The Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Natalie said...

I LOVED The Secret Life of Bees, but there's another favorite of mine, but the title is escaping me. I'm going to have to get back to you on that one, this is really going to bother me!!! :)

Laura Fabiani said...

I loved Fannie Flag's Fried Green Tomatoes.

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Irene said...

In my "salad" days, it was Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.
Now, I always think of The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy.

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distractedmusician said...

I would have to say Fried Green Tomatoes or The Secret Life of Bees.

Looks like a great book - I would love a chance to win it!

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Thank you!

Lindsey said...
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Lindsey said...

My favorite is definitely 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. It has more meaning to me now that I'm a law school student than ever.

Sounds like a great book. Please enter me.

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Debbie Rodgers said...

I read Gone With The Wind for the first time in eighth grade, for the second in ninth, for the third....I so love that book, I'm sure I do not exaggerate to say I've read it a dozen times in my life.

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Beth (BBRB) said...

I loved both Gone With the Wind and Scarlett.

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Jenny Girl said...

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Gone With the Wind.

I like books that make you laugh at out loud. And I always enjoy the South.
Thanks Julie.

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Jen (Devourer of Books) said...

Hmm, I'd say The Lost Hours by Karen White.

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Gerbera Daisy Mom said...

Just one??? How do I choose?
Hands down, Gone With the Wind.

carolsnotebook said...

I haven't read many. Aside from Gone with the Wind, how about Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews.

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a real librarian said...

I loved Fried Green Tomatoes and Widow of the South. Thanks for the chance to win!

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Haleyknitz said...

I actually can't think of a southern novel that i've read..... maybe this will be my first? :D

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Alison said...

I don't think I can pick just one. Of the books I read in 2009 (this way I narrow down the possibilities exponentially) The Help, South of Broad, and Mudbound were all great.

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Melissa said...

My favorite is When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin.

Gwendolyn B. said...

Oh, so hard to pick just one, but I'll go with PRODIGAL SUMMER by Barbara Kingsolver. I just LOVE that book!

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT - I've heard so many good things about it, I can hardly wait to read it.

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Tina said...

I really want to win this ---my favorite southern novel is Mermaid's Chair.

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natalie said...

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe remains my number one favorite Southern story.

Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man is a very close runner up. I cannot get enough of Fanny Flagg!

Emily Leeds said...

I would have to say any Pat Conroy book especially South of Broad.

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Mitzi said...

I am a HUGE Pat Conroy fan. My husband loves all the James Lee Burke books. Also love Ann River Siddens books. To pick one I would have to say Beach Music by Pat Conroy. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks

Jullee and Fam said...

I am drawing a complete blank on Southern novels!! so I'll just list one of my favorite books. "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer. Very interesting book!

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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I like Sweet Home Carolina by T. Lynn Ocean and am looking forward to reading Southern Lights by Danielle Steel :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Linda Henderson said...

You can't beat the classic Gone With The Wind.

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Megan: said...

I think Gone with the Wind is probably the classic, but I also really like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and The Secret Life of Bees.

Megan May said...

I absolutely love Cold Mountain. It's my favorite book ever, let alone my favorite Southern novel.
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Vittoria said...

this is tough...i'd have to say its s tie between cold mountain, to kill a mockingbird, and the sookie stackhouse novels! all different genres, but each so good for what they are!

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jvegegirl said...

secret life of bees ftw!

june_spirit2628 said...

This is an awesome giveaway--I would love this book, and so would my mom, my neice, and my grandmother! My favorite southern novel is "Charms for the Easy Life," by Kaye Gibbons. It is written with such ease and style. I love the characters and the theme of southern women's strength, gentility, and stick-together-ness! AWESOME, AWESOME book!!!

Marci
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Sarah Lynne said...

Great Giveaway. I read this serious from Readers Digest with the Bodine Family from Georgia. It's an inspirational Romance series. I love this giveaway.

Cheryl said...

Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg. I will never forget that book.

Carol M said...

Gone With the Wind is my favorite! I also really like To Kill A Mockingbird and The Secret Life of Bees.
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picnut1512 said...

Definately The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. Loved it!

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mbee said...

the oldest confederate widow tells all tops the list but there are many, many more!!!!

Dawn M. said...

The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. :0)

Thanks!
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Sandee61 said...

One of my favorites is "Chasing Fireflies" by Charles Martin. Please enter me in your giveaway.
Thank you!

Sandee61

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gmafive said...

I have to say the Yah Yah Sisterhood books have got to be my favorite. From reading your comments about Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, it sounds like my kind of book. I have added it to my reading list.

Mystica said...

To Kill a Mockingbird would be the best followed by Gone with the Wind.

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Erin said...

Favorite would HAVE to be To Kill a Mockingbird!!!!

Maura said...

I loved The Secret Life of Bees and anything by Mary Kay Andrews!
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Sandra K321 said...

I really enjoyed "Shades of Gray" by Jessica James. It shows how hard it was during the Civil War to know which side your heart was with.
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Anna said...

I absolutely loved Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie. Karen White also writes good Southern fiction. Thanks for the giveaway!

--Anna
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Sarah E said...

My favorite southern novel is "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" by Mildred D. Taylor, set in Mississippi in the Jim Crow South. This is an amazing book, one which I have read many times.

Please enter me in this giveaway!

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Sarah E

Liz said...

What a fun giveaway. It is a toss between Fried Green Tomatoes (which I just started to re-read) and Gone with the Wind.

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sandyandcosmo said...

I love reading any of Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queens books!

Anita Yancey said...

My favorite southern novel of all time is Gone With The Wind. It just can't be beat. Please enter me. Thanks!

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Megan said...

To Kill A Mockingbird and Gone With the Wind are absolute favorites. My new fav. is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. A must-read!

princess210 said...

What a great giveaway! I love the book Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood! I would love to read this book you are giving away, sounds great!

Amy said...

Great question but hard to answer! I'm going to go with "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers.

Thank you for a terrific giveaway and thank you to Beth Hoffman!

Amy
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Carol W. said...

My favorite southern novel is Gone with the Wind.

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clw said...

I just read about this book in my People magazine! I would love to win an autographed copy!! As for southern novels, I really enjoyed Gods in Alabama and The Help. Keeping my fingers crossed on this one!!

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DEBIJOT said...

It would have to be Gone With The Wind

Kristen said...

Gone With the Wind of course. ;-) But Lee Smith's Fair and Tender Ladies is also a wonderful southern novel.

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Jasmyn said...

I have to go with Gone With the Wind. It's such a great story!

Please enter me into your contest.

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409cope said...

My favorite southern novel is Gone With The Wind. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

Stacie said...

Secret Life of Bees would be my fav! Staciele(at)netins(dot)net

Wanda said...

Gone with the Wind is the only Southern novel I've ever read and I loved it!!!!
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April said...

New fav - The Help

Old fav - To Kill a Mockingbird

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Nancye said...

"Anne of Green Gables", "The Color Purple", and Jesse Stuart novels such as "A Penny's Worth of Character"

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Amy said...

Hard to say, but it would be either Cane River or In the Garden of Good and Evil. Maybe even Conroy's The Water is Wide.

Deb said...

The Garden of Good & Evil :)

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Bonnie M. said...

To Kill a Mockingbird. Such a beautifully written classic.

This book looks wonderful! Definitely adding it to my to-read list. :)

dsandyboy said...

To Kill a Mockingbird is my favourite.

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FrankSandy said...

Gone With the Wind.

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CherylS22 said...

My favorite is "The Help"
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