Literary Quote of the Month

“For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences,” … Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Memoir Monday... The Power of Half by Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen AND a Blogoversary Giveaway!

What Happens When a Teenager Notices Something isn't quite right in the world...

And the Winner is... rubynreba! Congrats! And Thank you to EVERYONE who joined in on the fun! And Thanks for all the Blogging and Tweeting!

The Power of Half by Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen... It all started when 14-year old Hannah Salwen, idealistic but troubled by a growing sense of injustice in the world, had a eureka moment when a homeless man in her neighborhood was juxtaposed against a glistening Mercedes coupe. "You know, Dad,” she said, pointing, “If that man had a less nice car, that man there could have a meal.” This glaring disparity led the Salwen family of four, caught up like so many other Americans in this age of consumption and waste, to follow Hannah's urge to do something, to finally just do something. And so they embarked on an incredible journey together from which there would be no turning back. They decided to sell their Atlanta mansion, downsize to a house half its size, and give half of their profits to a worthy charity. At first it was an outlandish scheme. “What, are you crazy? No way!" Then it was a challenge. “We are TOTALLY doing this.” Each week they met over dinner to discuss their plan. It would transport them across the globe and well out of their comfort zone. Along the way they would inspire so many others wrestling with the same questions: Do I give enough? How much is enough? How can I make an impact in the world? In the end the Salwens' journey would bring them closer as a family, as they discovered, together, that half could be so much more. Warm, funny, deeply moving and wholly uplifting, THE POWER OF HALF is the story of how one family slammed the door on the status quo and threw away the key.

This book has gotten a lot of buzz since it's release a little over a week ago! In essence, the Salwen family shows us that we don't have to sell our home to make a difference, "half" can be measured by whatever you can afford to do to help. Read about how this family was inspired and what they did to make a difference. Look for my complete review a little later... For now, FSB Associates joins in on the One Year Blogoversary Celebration by sponsoring a giveaway for The Power of Half by Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen! FSB Associates is an Internet marketing firm specializing in creating online awareness for books and authors. From the company's inception in 1995, FSB Associates has been a trendsetter in developing integrated online marketing campaigns for authors and publishers alike. Thanks Caitlin of FSB Associates for joining in on the festivities! Here's How to Enter...

*For One Entry, leave me a comment with your email address!

*For One more entry, Blog or tweet about this giveaway and leave me the link.

This giveaway is open to U.S. & Canada residents only.(No PO boxes). The book will be shipped to the winner directly from the publishers. Contest ends 11:59pm EST on March 1st, 2010. I will randomly pick the winners the next day and email them! Good Luck!

27 comments:

DarcyO said...

I saw this story on the news and would love to read this book. Please include me.

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DarcyO said...

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Michele said...

I would love to read this. Please enter me.

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rubynreba said...

Please enter me. Thanks for the great giveaway.
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Sue said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

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Booksnyc said...

I have heard so much about this family of late - would love to read their story!

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Heidi V said...

What an inspiration, book sounds great.

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Margie said...

This book looks very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.
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couponmom said...

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Linda Kish said...

I heard about them. This would be good to read.

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sharon54220 said...

I would love a chance to win this book. This would be a nice addition to my memoir collection.

Thanks for the chance.

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Sharon said...

I would like to read this, thanks for the chance to win it.

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stpand said...

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Dawn M. said...

This sounds like a great story. What an inspiration to all of us. I would love the chance to read this. Count me in, please! :0)

Thanks!
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couponmom said...

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Virginia said...

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Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

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FrankSandy said...

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Esme said...

I never heard of this but know it is my type of book

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