Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Field Trip and a Giveaway

This past weekend, I spent some time in New Orleans with my dear friend, MBG from We Bought a Project.

Whilst traipsing about the Crescent City, we stepped down Pirate's Alley and visited Faulkner House Books (As a good Southern girl, I'm contractually obligated to make pilgrimages to literary holy sites.).

What a delightful little shop! The walls are lined with shelves all the way up to the high ceiling, except for a few spots where Faulkner memorobilia is displayed.

I didn't get a picture of this, but there was another small display (on the wall just to the left) showcasing other Southern greats, including a handwritten letter from Flannery O'Connor (it was addressed "Dear Bill," in reference to William Freaking Faulkner. Isn't that wild?!?).

The shelves are lined with an eclectic collection of books--much more interesting than your typical Barnes A Million type fare. MBG and I had a wonderful time examining the offerings. If you ever get the chance to visit this gorgeous shop, I heartily recommend you do so.

I was already planning to blog about my visit to Faulkner House Books, but, you guys, when I opened the door, magic happened:

The display facing the door contained Austen and other nineteenth century British novels. Some of my favorite books, in a Southern literary landmark--it was so very, very me. And that little gem on top there, did you spot it? Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades, & Horrible Blunders, by Josephine Ross and Henrietta Webb. I saw it. I gasped. I snatched. I purchased.

And now I'm giving it to you.

And the fancy bookmark, too!

If you'd like to have this charming book delivered to your door, here's how to enter:

1. Leave a comment. Say something obvious like, "Enter me!" so even obtuse me knows it's your official entry comment.

2. For another entry, follow my blog and tell me in your entry comment.

3. For a third entry, share this post on Facebook, Twitter, your own blog, etc., and tell me that, too.

4. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, June 19. On Monday, I will select a winner using the Random Number Generator.

That's THREE possible chances to win! I'm so excited to share this fun find with one of you. Good luck!


  1. Enter me ;) What a lovely shop!! Looks just like the kind of place I would love to visit and stay awhile. Glad you had a good trip can't wait to hear more.

  2. I shared on FB. :) I feel a little like a cheater asking you to enter me, having seen the fabulousness of the book already, but do it anyway, wouldya? ;)

  3. Enter me STOP We have never met but I have been a distant admirer of your blog for some time STOP Never met STOP

  4. My Dearest Girl,
    I have been a walk this morning with a book in my hand, but as usual I have been occupied with
    nothing but you: I wish I could say in an
    agreeable manner. I am tormented day and night. Enter me in this quest. My love of manners is selfish, and I cannot breathe without them.
    Yours devotedly,

  5. Please enter me.

    I follow you and I posted on FB.

    There's nothing I love more than a good book!


  7. Enter me! If I win will you please sign it? That would be totally awesome!

  8. Enter me! Great photos!

  9. I'm here 'cause your Mom sent me...don't know if you remember your Mom's crazy friend from high school. Love Faulkner and all southern writers, but wanted to recommend someone I know your Mom would love -- William Sharpe a.k.a. Fiona Macleod. You can find most of the works from the Celtic revival at the website:


    Let me know what you think!