Thursday, December 02, 2010

Guest Post: My Favourite Things by Alice Eve Cohen + Giveaway

At age forty-four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years. After a difficult divorce, she was engaged to an inspiring man, joyfully raising her adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming. Alice tells her fiancé that she’s never been happier. And then the stomach pains begin.

In her unflinchingly honest and ruefully witty voice, Alice nimbly carries us through her metamorphosis from a woman who has come to terms with infertility to one who struggles to love a heartbeat found in her womb – six months into a high-risk pregnancy.

I'm very excited to have Alice Eve Cohen, author of What I thought I Knew guest blogging on The Eclectic Reader today! Having been through infertility and high risk pregnancy myself, I am so looking forward to reading this memoir. As soon as my copy arrives I'll dive straight in so be sure to keep an eye out for my review.

My 5 Favorite Books and Songs
by Alice Eve Cohen 

My list of favorite books and songs is changeable, even daily, influenced by what I’ve most recently read, and by the songs I’ve just been listening to. Here are five books and five songs I absolutely love. I’d like to have these books and songs on a deserted island with me… but I hope I don’t ever have to limit myself to just five!


• “Blackbird” and “Because” by the Beatles—both so brilliant!
• “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor. When my high school boyfriend sang it, he sounded just like James Taylor, and when  he broke up with me, I played it over and over and cried every time. Still makes me cry. Great song.
• “Con Los Años Que Me Quedan” by Gloria Estefan. My husband and I danced to it at our wedding, and whenever it comes on, we dance in the living room together.
• Every song from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story—especially “Maria.” I grew up going to Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts, and I’ve always loved his music.


So hard to choose just five! I love each of these books, because reading them is a transformative experience, and because each one, in its own way, is mind-blowing and perfect.

• Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech
• The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy
• Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris
• Angels in America, Part I, a two-act play by Tony Kushner
• The Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri


I am thrilled to be able to offer readers a chance to win a copy of What I Thought I Knew.


Competition is only open to followers of this blog. (so if you're not a follower & you'd like to enter just click on the follow button on the right hand side of my blog - easy peasy)

*Leave a question for Alice Eve Cohen or a comment with your all-time favourite song or book. Please leave an email address to be entered in the giveaway.*

Extra Entries:

+ 2 post this giveaway on your blog, sidebar, twitter etc & leave me a link

Competition ends December 17th and winner will be announced on this blog. Good luck to all!



  1. I follow you and would love to be counted in for this giveaway.

  2. My niece has just had her first child at the age of 36 and had numerous problems as so many mothers do who have the first late in life.

    Thankfully all has gone well and we pray it continues to do so.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  3. I am not entirely familiar with the songs that Alice listed above. But as I listen to Fire and Rain, I can understand why it makes her cry! Brilliant song, that is!

  4. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower. My favorite book is Wuthering Heights.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  5. Sounds like a great book! Favourite book???? So hard to make a choice but, I think, Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskin. Favourite song: again difficult to choose one, but, Please Don't Go by KC and the Sunshine Band (that reveals my age). qohe at bigpond dot com

  6. I'm following via GFC as Jasmine1485 and my favourite book... well, it's too hard to pick just one. ONE of my favourite books is 'Memoirs of a Geisha' :)

    I also tweeted about the giveaway here:

    Kate1485 at

  7. Blog follower (bunnyb)

    My all-time favourite book would be Memoirs of a Geisha!

    bunnybx at gmail . com

  8. Favorite book: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier; Favorite song: Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler.

    pboylecharley AT hotmail DOT com

  9. This sounds like a lovely book!

    My favourite book has to be Pride & Prejudice. Not very original but it survived my ever-changing tastes and suits every mood.[@]gmail[.]com

  10. sounds like a great book, so thanks for the contest. :)

    Have so many favourite songs, but one of my oldest, which had a big influence on me, wis "Pure morning" by Placebo.

    Retweetd you:!/teddyree/status/10226695411863552

    hrududu AT hotmail DOT de

  11. Thanks for hosting this - I would really like to read this book!

    My all time favorite book is from Childhood - Little Women.

    booksncity (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. My favorite book this year is 'Kitchen House"
    It is nice to read a book with an older main character for a change3 and this touches on some serious issues.


  13. I tweeted:

    My Twitter name is Carolee888 Link to giveaway for "What I thought I knew'.

  14. My all-time favourite book is Jantsen's Gift by Pam Cope.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  15. +2 I tweeted:

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  16. I made it before the giveaway closes :) This book is on my wish list so please enter me. I think anything by the Beatles could be considered a favorite and I love Jane Eyre.
    stacybooks at yahoo

  17. Sounds like a really good book!!
    Thanks for hosting this guest post and giveaway!!

    Wow favorite book? Favorite song? So many...

    One of my favorite songs is "In Assenza Di Te" by Laura Pausini. It is a sad song and it mentions Christmas too so yay! lol

    As for my favorite book.. Gosh... I think one of my favorite books is: The Horse Whisperer and The Host by S. Meyer.

    I'm a follower and I twitted it :)


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  19. Just became a follower. I have trouble selecting favourite books so I thought I would give you my favourite pregnancy book - Up the Duff by Kaz Cooke. A very down to earth, humourous yet informative look at pregnancy!

    kylie dot purdie at gmail dot com

  20. Favorite book is Before I Die by Jenny Downham.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com


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