Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Giveaway: Minding Ben

Minding Ben
By Victoria Brown

At sixteen, Grace Caton boards her first airplane, leaving behind the tropical papaya and guava trees of her small village in Trinidad for another island, this one with tall buildings, graceful parks, and all the books she can read. At least that's what Grace imagines. But from the moment she touches down, nothing goes as planned. The aunt who had promised to watch over her disappears, and Grace finds herself on her own.

Grace stumbles into the colorful world of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, having been taken in hand, sort of, by a fellow islander, Sylvia. Here, she's surrounded by other immigrants also finding their way in America.

From her Orthodox Jewish landlord, Jacob, to her wannabe Jamaican friend, Kathy, who feels that every outfit can be improved with a Bedazzler and a low-cut top, there's much to learn about her new city.

Most challenging of all is figuring out her new employers, the Bruckners, an upper-middle-class family in Manhattan. The job is strange Grace's duties range from taking daily nude photos of her pregnant boss (a shock to her, since she's never even seen her own mother naked) to dressing in a traditional maid's costume to serve Passover seder. But Grace loves four-year-old Ben, and she's intrigued by the alternately friendly and scheming nannies who spend their days in Union Square Park, and by their constant gossip about who's hired, who's fired, and who, scandalously, married her boss.

As the seasons change, Grace discovers that the Bruckners have surprising secrets of their own, and her life becomes increasingly complicated and confusing. But opportunities appear in the most unexpected places, and Grace realizes that she's living in a city and a world where anything is possible.

Thanks to Hyperion Books I have an ARC of Minding Ben to giveaway.  To enter leave a comment along with your email address. Open to U.S. & Canada. Winner will be announced on May 21st. Good Luck!


  1. This is a little bity outside of what I usually read but it sounds like something I'd enjoy.

    sgiden at

  2. I would love to read Minding Ben :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  3. Sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway.

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  4. This isn't my normal reading, but it sounds like a good book. I would like to read it.

  5. Sounds great!!!

  6. This type of read is a first for me so I'm excited to give it a try.
    kr_moreau at doglover dot com

  7. I would love to read this book. It sounds like a whole lot of interesting discoveries. It also reminds me of long ago when I took
    a Chinese immigrant to a Super grocery. He was overwhelmed with the displays of different kinds of paper towells. He had to stand back with his mouth hanging open.


  8. Sounds very interesting :)

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  9. I'd love to give this one a go! Thanks for the chance :)


  10. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read the book. Sounds very good.

  11. Sounds like a different kind of book, but an interesting read. Please enter me. Thanks!


  12. Thanks for the giveaway! Please count me in!


  13. Sounds quite interesting!

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  14. Sounds like a great book; I look forward to reading it! Thanks for the give-a-way!

    nataleestotz at gmail dot com

  15. Interesting premise for a book - I would be willing to give it a try, even though it's out of my customary reading genre list. Thanks for the head's up and the giveaway! :)
    apereiraorama @ gmail . com

  16. I would love to be entered to win this one. It sounds intriquing!!

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    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  17. Sounds like a great read.


  18. This sounds like a good book, not something I usually read, but I would love to give it a try.

  19. I would enjoy this book. Thanks!



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