Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Book Giveaway: Made in the U.S.A.

I'm authorized to give away 5 copies. Rules for entry in the drawing are below. Please read them carefully.

Made in the U.S.A.
By Billie Letts
Trade Paperback release May 4, 2009
Pub. Grand Central Publishing

The bestselling author of WHERE THE HEART IS returns with a heartrending tale of two children in search of a place to call home.

Lutie McFee's history has taught her to avoid attachments...to people, to places, and to almost everything. With her mother long dead and her father long gone to find his fortune in Las Vegas, 15-year-old Lutie lives in the god-forsaken town of Spearfish, South Dakota with her twelve-year-old brother, Fate, and Floy Satterfield, the 300-pound ex-girlfriend of her father. While Lutie shoplifts for kicks, Fate spends most of his time reading, watching weird TV shows and worrying about global warming and the endangerment of pandas. As if their life is not dismal enough, one day, while shopping in their local Wal-Mart, Floy keels over and the two motherless kids are suddenly faced with the choice of becoming wards of the state or hightailing it out of town in Floy's old Pontiac. Choosing the latter, they head off to Las Vegas in search of a father who has no known address, no phone number and, clearly, no interest in the kids he left behind.

MADE IN THE U.S.A. is the alternately heartbreaking and life-affirming story of two gutsy children who must discover how cruel, unfair and frightening the world is before they come to a place they can finally call home.


  • Leave a comment in this post expressing your interest in entering the drawing.
  • Provide an @ by which I can contact you in case of a win. Either in your comment or in an email to me at joystory AT gmail DOT com If you email your @ be sure to connect it to your entry. If I do not receive an @ your entry will be disqualified.
  • If, in the case of a win, you would like me link to your blog in the winners announcement post, provide your URL in your comment or via email. This is not a requirement for entering nor do you have to have a blog yourself in order to enter.
  • If you blog about this giveaway, send me a link to the post and your name will be entered a second time.
  • Deadline for entering is NOON PST May 16, 2009. I will select the winners with a random number generator using www.random.org
  • Winners must provide a US or Canadian mailing address. Hachette is unable to deliver to PO Boxes.

65 tell me a story:

LuAnn 4/14/2009 8:07 AM  

I love reading books by Billie Letts. Please enter me in the drawing!


Susan Helene Gottfried 4/14/2009 9:31 AM  

No need to enter me, my friend. I'm just dropping in to say hello, and thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

flip 4/14/2009 9:40 AM  

Sounds so good. I would love to enter

flip @ tetonvalley dot net

Vanessa 4/14/2009 9:44 AM  

I WANT this book. I absolutely loved Where the Heart Is.


Jake L 4/14/2009 10:15 AM  

sounds like a good read, please include me in this giveaway.


scottsgal 4/14/2009 10:38 AM  

Please count me in - I'd love to read this

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Becca 4/14/2009 10:47 AM  

Please enter me. I would love a chance to win. I blogged about it here:



Sage Ravenwood 4/14/2009 11:45 AM  

I've read another book by Billie Letts and love her writing style. Please enter me for this drawing. Thanks! Indigo


Unknown 4/14/2009 2:30 PM  

This book sounds great. Please enter me!

jgbeads AT gmail DOT com

Unknown 4/14/2009 2:37 PM  

Would love to win this book. Please enter me in the drawing. hlbsurfin(at)gmail(dot)com

tina werner 4/14/2009 3:26 PM  

please enter me in the drawing and thank you for the chance to win!

stampitchick @ yahoo dot ca

Pissenlit 4/14/2009 3:49 PM  

I've never read anything by Billie Letts so I'd love to be entered in this giveaway.

un_pissenlit (at) hotmail (dot) com

Unknown 4/14/2009 4:25 PM  

I loved where the heart is, and this book sounds good too. Thanks for the chance to read it.
unforgetable_dreamer_always (AT) hotmail (DOT) com

Donna M. Clark 4/14/2009 4:48 PM  

I am anxiously awaiting this book. I would love to win this. Thank you for having this giveaway. litefoot873 (@) hotmail.com

Debs Desk 4/14/2009 5:02 PM  

Please include me in your giveaway.

Luvdaylilies 4/14/2009 7:43 PM  

I'd Love to win this book!
Thanks for offering the giveaway=)

Amber 4/14/2009 8:14 PM  

This book seems very endearing and thoughtful. Thanks for the giveaway :)

Kat Bryan 4/14/2009 10:54 PM  

I like a book that tugs at my emotions and this one sounds like just that.

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Kitten22 4/15/2009 5:36 AM  

This looks great! Please enter me!


Marie 4/15/2009 7:05 AM  

I'd love to win this book. Please enter me. Thanks.


Riva 4/15/2009 10:51 AM  

Please enter me. I LOVE Billie Letts.


dulcibelle [at] earthlink[dot]net

Marie 4/15/2009 11:23 AM  

I would love to read this!


Melissa 4/15/2009 2:19 PM  

I've loved both of the Billie Letts books I've read and would love to win this one!

Kaye 4/16/2009 6:45 AM  

I've never read this author before but it sounds very interesting. Please enter me in the drawing.

Shirley 4/16/2009 7:57 AM  

Please enter me in your giveaway!


Unknown 4/16/2009 9:19 AM  

Please enter me. Thanks! Sararush at hotmail dot com

nfmgirl 4/16/2009 10:24 AM  

I'd love a chance to get this book. Please count me in. Thank you!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

a real librarian 4/16/2009 11:00 AM  

Ohh, I LOVE Billie Letts!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

mindy 4/16/2009 2:23 PM  

looks great thanks for the wonderful giveaway

Deborah 4/16/2009 2:46 PM  

I'd love the opportunity to win "Made in the U.S.A." - thanks! asthenight at gmail dot com

Lady Roxi 4/16/2009 2:50 PM  

Love to have this.



dbaxdevilsfan 4/16/2009 4:34 PM  

Wow, this looks like such a good book!

A Reader 4/16/2009 6:10 PM  

Please enter me.
Thanks for the giveaway!

kathy55439 4/16/2009 7:01 PM  

I love stories about kids looking for a new start....

wendy wallach 4/16/2009 8:44 PM  

I lived in South Dakota, near Spearfish, for five years in the nineties. Would really love to read this book.

madamerkf at aol dot com

Anonymous,  4/16/2009 9:06 PM  

I loved his first book. Can't wait to read this one!

Pamela S 4/16/2009 9:49 PM  

I love Billie Letts writing. I'd love to win this book. Thanks.

pamelashockley at netscape dot net

Sandra K321 4/17/2009 5:17 AM  

I would like to get a copy of this book. I have read several reviews and the story of what these 2 children go through seems like one that is not uncommon these days.

Nickolay 4/17/2009 8:22 AM  

I would love to be entered to win. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance


samf36 4/17/2009 10:04 AM  

I would love to read this book

Shauna 4/17/2009 10:13 AM  

This book looks like an awesome read! Please count me in!

Jennifer and my cat Gracie 4/17/2009 12:50 PM  

This looks like a great book. I love to read and I'm going on a vacation soon. I'd love to take this book with me. Thanks. bluemoves at hotmail dot com

Anonymous,  4/17/2009 8:52 PM  

Please enter me. Thanks!


Anonymous,  4/18/2009 5:51 PM  

I'd like to try out this book. I've never read anything by this author, except I saw the movie of Where the Heart Is.

jaam121388 at yahoo dot com

Ellie Wright 4/18/2009 8:54 PM  

I love Billie Letts and I am dying to read this book. Please enter me.
eswright18 at gmail dot com

Jennifer 4/19/2009 1:59 PM  

This sounds like a great book, thanks for the giveaway!


Wall-to-wall books 4/20/2009 7:05 PM  

I love Billie Letts! Please enter me in your giveaway!

forevereading at gmail dot com

CherylS22 4/20/2009 7:30 PM  

Please count me in - I'd love to win this book.


katayoun 4/21/2009 10:04 PM  

i would love to be entered

Carol M 4/23/2009 2:20 PM  

I really enjoy her books! Thank you for the chance to win this one!
Carol M
mittens0831 AT aol.com

Anonymous,  4/23/2009 7:38 PM  

I am very interested in reading this book. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks!

Sue W. 4/26/2009 7:15 PM  

I would love to have a chance to win Made in the USA. Not that I was made here, but I got here and stayed as soon as I could!!

Sue W. 4/26/2009 7:19 PM  

I blogged this giveaway for Made In the USA at:



Bingo 4/27/2009 10:07 PM  

Please enter me. Thanks!

Sammie 4/30/2009 9:44 AM  

I haven't had the chance to read a book by Billie but this book sounds so interesting.


♔ jessica.marie 5/03/2009 1:11 PM  

I haven't gotten the chance to read one of the books yet, but I loved the movie of Where the Heart is.

lovejessicamarie [@] gmail [.] com

Ashley 5/04/2009 5:42 PM  

Please enter me!


janetfaye 5/05/2009 1:12 AM  

I would love to enter!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Brandy,  5/09/2009 6:38 AM  

This looks like a great book. I would love to enter.


Anonymous,  5/13/2009 10:48 AM  

I, too, love Billie Lets's books and would like to win MADE IN THE USA

Debbie Rodgers 5/13/2009 11:25 AM  

I've never read a Billie Letts but this sounds like fabulous summer reading! Thanks for the chance to win.

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Anonymous,  5/14/2009 9:17 AM  

This book sounds really good.

gretchensmommie at aol dot com

JaniceH 5/15/2009 6:01 PM  

Thanks for a chance to win!


Bingo 5/15/2009 7:19 PM  

Please enter me in the drawing.
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Amy L 5/16/2009 2:59 PM  

From the description this sounds like a book I'd enjoy very much. Thank you for the chance to win it.

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