Monday, January 2, 2012

Book Giveaway: The Ruins of Us

It's 2012! And every new year should begin with a new book giveaway!

To properly ring in the New Year, TNBBC presents you with 
Author/Reader Discussion Giveaway!

We are giving away 10 copies to residents of the US and CANDA
in order to stimulate discussion.

Here is the Goodreads description of the novel:

More than two decades after moving to Saudi Arabia and marrying powerful Abdullah Baylani, American-born Rosalie learns that her husband has taken a second wife. That discovery plunges their family into chaos as Rosalie grapples with leaving Saudi Arabia, her life, and her family behind. Meanwhile, Abdullah and Rosalie’s consuming personal entanglements blind them to the crisis approaching their sixteen-year-old son, Faisal, whose deepening resentment toward their lifestyle has led to his involvement with a controversial sheikh. When Faisal makes a choice that could destroy everything his embattled family holds dear, all must confront difficult truths as they fight to preserve what remains of their world. 
The Ruins of Us is a timely story about intolerance, family, and the injustices we endure for love that heralds the arrival of an extraordinary new voice in contemporary fiction. 

This contest will run through January 9th.
Winners will be announced here and via email on January 10th.

Here's how to enter:

 1 - Comment here by telling us why you would like to read this book.

2 - State that you agree to participate in the group read book discussion that will run from February 15th - 29th over at TNBBC on Goodreads. Kejia Parssinen has agreed to participate in the discussion and will be available to answer any questions you may have for her. 

 *If you are chosen as a winner, by accepting the copy you are agreeing to read the book and join the group discussion at TNBBC on Goodreads (the thread for the discussion will be emailed to you before February 15th). 

 3 - You must leave me a way to contact you (email is preferred). 

Good luck!


  1. I have read 'A thousand splendid suns' and 'Princess' giving me an insight into the life of women in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. I am interested in finding out more on this issue. This has pepped my interest in reading this book too.

    I agree to participate in the group read book discussion on Goodreads.

    My email id:

  2. I would love to read and discuss this book, Lori- it looks like a really good read. Thanks for bringing us all these great giveaways and group discussions! My email is: tia950306(at)

  3. the book topic is really interesting.Would looks like a good read &will be good for discussion.My email is

  4. I would love to read this book to gain some knowledge on the different ways of life in dIfferent cultures and this sounds like an awesome book to do just that. I would love to join in the discussion with the author on TNBBC on Goodreads. My email address is:

  5. This sounds like a great book and I'd really like to read it. I don't have a great compelling reason but it just sounds like a great book! I would love to join in the discussion and I'm in the US!

  6. The synopsis has caught my attention from Iraq and American meet and how it states it is a story of intolerance, family, and the injustices we endure for love that heralds the arrival of an extraordinary new voice in contemporary fiction. Moreover, as a reviewer and radio host, this sounds like a piece of work once read, may invite the author on one of my showcases (Soar 4 Your Encore) and plan to participate in the group discussion. I am already signed up to the group via one of my reviewers sent the request on Goodreads.

    Email: to Adrienna Turner.

  7. This sounds great, and much like a non-fiction book I read several years ago (It might be "Princess", the book another commenter mentioned). Anyway, it sounds great and I was just talking about how much I miss being in a book club - I'm in for a Goodreads discussion! You've got my email - this is Rachel Z from CBSD.

  8. This book sound right up my alley. The meshing of two diverse worlds and the conflicts that in sue in one family's life is intriguing. I agree to participate in the group read book discussion that will run from February 15th - 29th over at TNBBC on Goodreads. My email is

  9. I have a passion for books by Middle Eastern women as well as the dichotomy faced by Western women married to Islamic Middle Eastern men who relocate to their husband's country of origin. (I read a blog by a woman in this exact situation.) This book seems like it is right up my alley.

  10. Originally I am from middle east. My very close relative has had very similar experience. I would like to get insights about the author's experience and the rules in this regard in that country.

  11. I would love to read this book. It seems to follow in the footsteps of books I have read like, "The Kite Runner," "A Thousand Splendid Suns," and "The Swallows of Kabul." If I win a copy, I will definitely participate in the discussion. But, I will watch the comments even if I don't. Thanks for the chance. =)

  12. I too would love to read this book. After reading Women of Sand and Myrrh, I have been interested in the social and cultural dynamics of women in the Middle East. This novel looks like a fascinating read, and I'm looking forward to participating in the discussion.

  13. I would love to read this book and participate in the discussion. My e-mail is Thanks!

  14. I as well have enjoyed The Kite Runner as well a books such as Kabul Beauty School and I find that whole culture in regards to the women so interesting. I would love to participate in the discussion. Please count me in!

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  15. I would like to read this novel because I haven't read many books about americans woman marry middle east men and how they react to their husbands taking second wife .I would join in the

  16. I am always looking for books with a woman protagonist and the international setting is an added plus. This looks like an excellent book which I may be able to recommend for the book groups I belong to. I would love to participate in the discussion.

  17. I have never read a book that takes place in Saudi Arabia, but I have read several that take place in Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, and India. I have done extensive research on Saudi Arabia, and I would like to read this book as it would give me a first-person perspective on the Saudi culture, way of life, and thinking.

    I agree to participate in the group read book discussion on Goodreads, and my email is Thanks! :)

  18. I would definitely be interested in reading this and discussing it.

    I'm always interested in books about women in other cultures.

    My email is

  19. I have read both A Thousand Splendid Suns and most recently The DoveKeepers and find that the current changes for middle eastern families and especially the women involved to be one of the great cultural clashes of our time between established values and the encroachment of modern thinking.
    I'm very interested in how this author views these changes and the result of them.

    my email is

  20. Oh wow, I wasn't going to enter until I read the description of this book. This fits right into my love for feminine literature, particularly involving Eastern cultures.
    While I am a member of TNBBC on goodreads, I don't always join into discussions, mostly because the book picked is not next on my long reading list. I would gladly take part in a discussion about this book and have always enjoyed having the author's point of view.
    I can be reached at Thanks

  21. I am excited to possibly be picked to read this book and would love to be a part of the group discussion. I am interested in reading about the family life and culture in Saudi Arabia. Middle Eastern life has always been very intriguing to me.

    My email is

    Thank you for considering me.

  22. I would welcome the opportunity to participate in the discussion! Thanks so much! My email address is

  23. Thank you all so much for your interest in reading THE RUINS OF US with TNBBC next month!

    The winners have been randomly chosen (the old school way, with names on pcs of paper and pulled from a hat!)

    Congrats to:

    rhonda (lomazowr)
    LandSsmom (shannonjean14)
    Lynne B (lrugg1224)
    Lisa (lisawasik)
    Anon (rs_athlete1)
    Anon (peacestaygold)
    hekates (duplessis)
    Anon (agarcia85257)
    Dream for more (dream4morefirm)
    Ajit (gupta.ajit)

    For those who won, an email is on it's way requesting your shipping address. Please remember that by emailing us your shipping address you are agreeing to join us on TNBBC to discuss the novel with Keija in February!

    For those of you who did not win, please feel free to join us in the discussion to learn more about the book, and interact with the author!!

    Another great giveaway coming your way in February, guys!!!!

  24. Congratulations to all of you! I look forward to your comments on the book. =)