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Giveaway: The Moon Looked Down by Dorothy Garlock...

July 20, 2009
About the book:
The new Americana romance from bestselling author Dorothy Garlock, this time set against the backdrop of WWII.

Sophie Heller's family immigrated from Germany to Victory, a small town in Illinois, before WWII began. Now that the war has affected the town, the townspeople discriminate against Sophie and her family. When a train derails, it is an accident but the Heller family is blamed. Coming to Sophie's rescue is a teacher from the high school, and despite their cultural differences, a romance starts to bloom.




Giveaway!
Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I have up to five copies of The Moon Looked Down for you...
Rules:
-- Contest is open to US and Canada residents, no PO Boxes please!
-- To enter, comment and share: Have you experienced discrimination? Or seen it firsthand? I visited Reno, NV, with my uncle & his wife, and another couple (their friends). We were walking down the street, when this old junker drove by, and the occupants hollered "GO HOME CHINKS!!" The funny thing? It was a bunch of Hispanic girls...
-- Follow for 1 extra entry.
-- Share for 2 extra entries (let me know what & where, please).
-- Every 10 people entered gets another copy in the hat, so share with everyone! =)
-- Do it all before 6:00 pm CST August 2nd. Good luck!

75 comments:

Beth said...

We live in a small rural community and recently had a family from a foreign country move in. I can see that they are not accepted by the community. They are ignored by most people.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

Sue said...

My experience with discrimination has been because of my religion. I've gotten it a lot over the years. The most hurtful was when I joined a new book group and all of the sudden they went into this rant about my religion without knowing I belong to that church and when I spoke up I was uninvited back.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

drey said...

OMG Sue! I cannot believe that people would do that! I believe that we're all entitled to our opinions, but holy moly there's no need to be so rude about it! I hope you've found a better book group!

Neas Nuttiness said...

Absolutely! As a Latter-day Saint...as a parent of a large family (10 kids)...as a mother of an adopted black child (with special needs). It used to be shocking, but I've gotten used to snide remarks BUT it still burns my butt, when it's directed at my son...that, I WILL NOT TOLERATE.

I have even threatened to contact the ACLU and the FBI (to report a hate crime), when my son was attacked verbally and physically, at his school - and neither teacher who witnessed the attacks reported it. This was the last straw for me.

Okay - I'll get down off of my soapbox now.

libneas[at]aol[dot]com

Neas Nuttiness said...

I follow - thank you.

libneas[at]aol[dot]com

Indigo said...

Unfortunately I'm no stranger to discrimination, from being called a half breed to a deaf mute.

The worse is having an restaurant owner seat you in a back room or an out of the way booth where people can't see you. It's because of Pickles my working dog. The funny thing is she is better behaved than most kids are in a restaurant. She goes under the table, lays down and you don't even know she's there.

I've finally started speaking up and telling restaurant owners I have the right to be seated with everyone else. Do I get loud about it and let the other patrons know what's going on. You better believe it.

I remember the last time this happened, thinking it was just like the segregation of the blacks, years ago not being able to sit in the same room as the whites. Hard to believe things like this go on in this day and age. (Hugs)Indigo

ravensquietscreams@gmail.com

Indigo said...

And of course I follow you (smiles). Indigo

P.S. I'm now blogging here:
http://shatteredprose.blogspot.com/

scottsgal said...

I've never been openly discriminated against but have witnessed it at my kids schools with hispanic kids.
msboatgal at aol.com

scottsgal said...

already a follower
msboatgal at aol.com

Irene Yeates said...

In 1982,we moved to a very small city in the South, and it was like culture shock. I had three strikes against me: immigrant, Yankee, and my religion. Every employment interview was the same, all three were brought up and I could not get a job. Kelly Services hired me, but that created the same problems when I went on an assignment. Fortunately, that has drastically changed in the last ten years.

cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

Irene Yeates said...

I am a follower!!!

cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

Marjorie said...

Wow, I understand this is a very good book, I am a subscriber, many thanks.

zoe hunter said...

Yes, when I went to college in upstate NY, I had swatstikas and other racial slurs thrown and drawn at me...I am Jewish., and being from the NYC area , was quite shocked. Racists and discrimination is everywhere, sigh..

thanks for a fab contest...

zoe hunter said...

I follow your blog as zoehunter

Crystal P said...

As far as race goes, fortunately no... and I would be the first to stand up against it.

I have been discriminated against when I was younger for being larger than average and it was something that gave me a little bit of a complex until long after I lost all the weight.

lingeorge said...

My parents were EXTREMELY prejudice. My mom told me that if had a sleep over with a black girl, her skin color would rub off on me. Fortunately I learned that we are all just people.

I follow

Allison said...

The police in my hometown always racial profile, I usually only see them pulling over Spanish or black people.

allygotts567 at hotmail dot com

ossmcalc said...

There are still towns in our state where black people are not allowed in town except to clean the houses. They must then be out of town by six pm. Yes, prejudice is still alive in our country.

I would really love to read this book. I know that I would find it quite interesting.

Thank you,


Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

Allison said...

I follow.
allygotts567 at hotmail dot com

ossmcalc said...

I follow.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

+2

I shared on Facebook under the name of ossmcalc.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

drey said...

Wow. I cannot believe that in this day and age, that prejudice is alive & kicking, in THIS country. Makes me sad. I'm sorry for those of you who've lived it. This is definitely one of the not-so-nice sides of humanity.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Weren't you worried that no one was entering your contests? Like me -- no need to enter me.

I've got this posted at Win a Book for you now. Thanks for the e-mail, darling!

Kat Bryan said...

I haven't personally experienced discrimination for years. I can remember my best friend's mother not wanting me to visit their home when I was little. We had no running water at home and she probably thought my family was dirty.

My immediate family is pretty tolerant of others since we've had a Korean, a German, and an American Indian in our family.

winterset at peoplepc.com

Kat Bryan said...

I'm a follower.

winterset at peoplepc.com

DarcyO said...

I haven't been discriminated against, but I have heard others say discriminatory things about people of color and immigrants.

DarcyO said...

I follow.

dlodden(at)frontiernet(dot)net

Gwendolyn B. said...

This isn't a case of racial discrimination, but age discrimination: I was with my nephew in the children's section of a major name bookstore. My nephew was looking for a particular book, and I told him to ask the lady who was working there. She pointedly ignored him even though he very politely asked for her help 3 times. Finally, I told her I wanted her to help him. But instead of talking to him, she spoke only to me. It was really weird. Throughout the entire transaction, she acted as though he wasn't even there. We got a little taste of what some people deal with every day.

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Gwendolyn B. said...

Here's my Tweet: http://twitter.com/ASeaOfBooks/status/2748046695

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Gwendolyn B. said...

I'm a Follower!

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Alyce said...

I've hardly experienced any discrimination myself. Unless you count being treated like I'm stupid because I'm a stay-at-home mom. Once at a business dinner with my husband a lady asked what I did for a living and I told her I was a SAHM and she said "oh" and turned her back to me. Another time I had a doctor who assumed I wasn't smart and spoke to me in slow and simple terms after asking me if I worked. I felt like I needed to start hauling around a copy of my college degree with me. But I would hardly consider that real discrimination.

The first time I was exposed to discrimination in any form was through my grandfather who told us that we weren't to marry black boys because the races shouldn't mix. As a teen I really wanted to date someone who was black just to shock my grandfather, but there weren't any African American boys in my town. Thankfully my parents weren't like my grandparents when it came to teaching us about racial issues.

akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

Alyce said...

I follow your blog.

Marie said...

I have never been discriminated against although I've certainly read a lot about it and seen it on tv and in movies. And my grandmother used to tell stories about the discrimination the Irish (of which she was very proud to be) put up with in the past.

marielay@gmail.com

Marie said...

I am a follower.

marielay@gmail.com

LuAnn said...

We live in a community that is 80 percent Hispanic, so I see discrimination all the time. Mostly it comes from the older generations.

reading_frenzy@yahoo.com

Pam said...

I, sadly, witnessed discrimination last year when my husband and son and I were flying to the Philippines to visit his parents. At first I just thought all the flight attendants were rude and miserable. Then, my husband was walking with my son when a flight attendant who'd previously been rude to my husband and everyone around us came by and was sweet as pie to me (the only non-Asian in our section of the plane) but returned to her rude self once my husband returned to his seat. I was appalled and wrote to the company to complain.

I'm a follower.

I e-mailed a friend about this giveaway.

melacan at hotmail dto com

Beth said...

This looks interesting! Please enter me!

As an American visiting an unnamed French speaking country discrimination was a daily thing!

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Beth said...

Oh! And I'm a follower!

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Amber said...

I have seen discrimination before, when people dismiss my mother because she has an Asian accent. It does not reflect at all on her intelligence or understanding of English, but people don't seem to understand that.
Thank you so much for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

dor said...

I experienced it first hand. I am Metis and some people just look at me like I am yuck because of my race. I think I am beautiful....oh well.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

RachieG said...

I really havn't experienced discrimination because of my religion or race, but I have because of my political affiliation. I'm a liberal democrat and while I don't blast my views everywhere, I'm not going to let people talk about how "liberals are ruining the country" either. I know a few people in the community, who just because I had a Barack Obama sign in the yard, feel the need to fight with me about hot topic issues.

I'm just trying to get gas, can't you leave that stuff at home? Jeesh!

+1 I'm a follower

+2 Shared on Twitter (twitter.com/r8chieg)

rachie2004 @ yahoo (dot) com

Dar said...

I'd love to enter Drey and I already follow. I've been lucky not to experience discrimination but I've seen it. When my cousin was born the muscles on one side of her body didn't form properly and therefore her face was a little disfigured. All of our young years and teenage years were spent with her being taunted. I used to get so angry. I can't tolerate discrimination of any kind.

Great giveaway!
bj19662001 (at) yahoo (dot) ca

MoziEsmé said...

My husband is a South African. I moved over there hoping to get into medical school (I had been accepted here in the US already) - but they wouldn't take me there. Not sure if it was the color or the US education they were prejudiced against!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I unfortunately was on the recieving end of discrimination when I was in highschool. My math teacher had a thing against people of Irish descent. He would verbally harass me on a daily basis. I thought it was just me
but was later told by another teacher that he did not like people who were Irish. That teacher himself was directly from Ireland and had also received the same or worse treatment by their coworker.

kathleen.o@hotmail.com

CherylS22 said...

Probably the most blatant discrimination I saw was when my neighbor was purchasing his home - I actually had another neighbor come up to me to make sure I knew that they were "of the darker persuasion". Like I cared! As long as I got a good neighbor, I was happy.

megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

CherylS22 said...

I follow ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

Esme said...

I hate to say this but as a female attorney it amazes me that gender discrimination still occurs in the workplace and court room

chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

Icedream said...

I adore Dorothy Garlock so I would love to be entered. As far as discrimination, the only kind I faced has been a handful of people who assumed because I was from WV and had an accent that I was backward and stupid.

I am a follower

I blogged about your giveaways at:
http://readinginappalachia.blogspot.com/2008/11/current-book-giveaways.html

waitmantwillie at hotmail dot com

gahome2mom said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I can't recall unless you consider being called a redneck discrimination. :)

gahome2mom at gmail dot com

Misusedinnocence said...

Yep. My last boyfriend was black and I am white, and I got discrimination from racists on all sides of the spectrum. Sucked.

misusedinnocence@aol.com

Misusedinnocence said...

I follow.

misusedinnocence@aol.com

Nicole said...

I have been discriminated for my gender in the past. I was passed over for a job because they specifically wanted a male even though I was more qualified. Didn't make sense.

I follow.

herblady said...

I have been the victim of religious persecution before when I was younger. I was only a small child and couldn't understand why older children called me names and threw rocks at me as I walked to and from school. My mother eventually hired a high schooler to walk with me and protect me. It was very scary.

herblady said...

I'm a follower.

Katrina said...

I have witnessed discrimination but not recently (thank goodness) it usually happens when I am out shopping...it always makes me cringe

booklover said...

My 5 year old daughter is biracial, and when we have visited family in California, I have seen people just staring at her. In addition, people often only see her skin color and ask questions such as when I started babysitting her, ect. Just insensitive. Would love to win this book. kdobak@comcast.net

windycindy said...

I have three nieces and nephews that are biracial. We live in a small Midwestern town and people never cease to amaze me! Looks; more
than words are what I notice the most. To me, they are just as hateful as words.
Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

I follow your blog!
Again, thanks.....Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

"Tweet!" "Tweet!"
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Thanks, Cindi
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Karen H in NC said...

I grew up in mid-Michigan, graduating HS in 1961. I lived in an all-white, blue-collar suburb of a major, car-manufacturing city. I consider myself fortunate in the fact that I was never discriminated against and never witnessed discrimination first hand. Not an easy thing back then.

kkhaas AT bellsouth DOT net

Karen H in NC said...

+1 I'm a follower

kkhaas AT bellsouth DOT net

Rebecca N. said...

I myself have to say that I haven't experienced discrimination personally.
In fact, I had to ask my significant other what the word, "Chink" means? because I honestly didn't know.

Rebecca N. said...

I follow

Rebecca N. said...

I tweeted! Thanks for the giveaway! http://twitter.com/Sparkleglow/status/2847397223

Rebecca N. said...

#2 I tweeted! Thanks for the giveaway! http://twitter.com/Sparkleglow/status/2847397223

Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis
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Yes, I have when I was dating African American people would look at us and kids would point at us like we had done something really bad!!! I just held my head up high and didn't let it bug me because we were above that!!!

I am already a follower

I follow you on twitter

I twittered you under theblindcupid

I subscribe to you

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Anita Yancey said...

I have been discriminated against in the work place. I have also seen a lot of discrimination in my life, and it is so ugly to see. Maybe some day things will get better, I hope.

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Anita Yancey said...

I am a follower!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Bridget said...

Hi! Just posted this on Win A Book.

Jake Lsewhere said...

Thankfully I've never witnessed any overt racism, at least that I know of.

This looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

I am a Google follower, also.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

Jake Lsewhere said...

I've also blogged about this giveaway here.

Thanks,
jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

Debs Desk said...

I have not been discriminated against, but I am overweight and lots of people are very ugly to me. I would love to be included in your giveaway.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)Verizon.net

Debs Desk said...

I am a follower.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)Verizon.net

pixiegirly said...

The only discrimination I have encountered is being called a hick for where I live.

I would love to win this book!! :)

Chelsea B. said...

I've never been discriminated aginst, but I've seen it in action. Its crazy the mean and hurtful things people will say to others.

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