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GIVEAWAY and much more for Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

pope joanPope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross has been on my Favorite Books of All-Time since…well, since I read it. I read it long before I had a blog, so I have no review for you. You’ll just have to take my word for it. What’s it about? Well, I’m glad you asked!

Pope Joan takes a very small piece of unknown Catholic history and imagines how the story actually happened. According to the author, for hundreds of years (up until the middle of the 17th century), this woman’s papacy was believed and taught as truth. Why is that interesting? Because Pope Joan is a WOMAN. The Catholic Church would have never knowingly installed a female pope, so how did it happen? This is the story that the author tells and imagines.

Do I have you intrigued yet?

There’s some great questions and answers on the author’s website, such as “How would it have been possible for a woman to pass herself off as a man for so long and under such circumstances?” These Q&As are really fascinating; you should go check them out!

Pope Joan has been made into a movie (though there’s no release date for the United States, yet)! To celebrate this, the author is having a fantastic contest! You can join the author and her family as they walk the red carpet on the night of the Pope Joan movie premiere! Get all the details from the author’s website, but here’s how you can enter:

Simply buy a new, Three Rivers Press/Crown Publishing paperback edition of Pope Joan by August 9 and send me the original receipt. In August, I’ll pick randomly from the pile of receipts to select someone and their guest to join me at the U.S. movie premiere in the fall (exact date still to be determined).

The author has graciously offered a book to give away here, and I have decided to match her offer. That means I have TWO copies of Pope Joan to give away. Unfortunately, neither copies will get you entered to possibly go to the movie premiere, so I suggest you buy a copy and THEN enter for the giveaway, because surely you’ll be able to find someone to pass along your extra copy to. 😀

(for you lazy bums, you can buy Pope Joan from Powell’s, Amazon, or any local independent bookstore)

To enter the contest, simply answer this question: What’s one book you’ve read that you think is great but no one seems to have even heard about? If you don’t answer this question, your entry will be removed.

Extra entries:

+1 for Twittering, Stumbling, or otherwise doing whatever you can to let others know about this fantastic giveaway (blog posts, sidebars, emails to friends with me cc’d, etc). Please leave a comment for each additional entry. You should know I check each additional entry and read each and every comment, so no cheating!

This contest will be open through August 1, 2009 and is open internationally.

Rules strictly enforced under the threat of tickling.

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68 Responses to “GIVEAWAY and much more for Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross”

  1. Jeanne

    I fear that I’m sounding the same note repeatedly, but I really think Nick Harkaway’s The Gone-Away World is one of the best and least heralded books of the last two years.

  2. Laura/BookingIt

    I’ll give Passages by Connie Willis as my unknown fantastic book. Even Connie Willis fans seem to not know it!

    I heard about Pope Joan at Book Group Expo last year, and was fascinated. I was too overwhelmed by books to pick up a copy, so I’m interested in winning one now.

  3. Molly @ bookhopping

    I love Delderfield’s TO SERVE THEM ALL MY DAYS — it’s been around awhile (1972), but the anglophile in me loves its depiction of a British boarding school in the years between WWI and WWII.

  4. Christa

    I love this book called What Girls Learn by Karin Cook.

  5. Bibliolatrist

    For me, it would have to be The Secret Life of Lazlo, Count Dracula. I picked it up on a whim a few years ago and wish it got more notice. One of my faves – I need to reread it soon!

    Anyway, thanks so much for hosting this giveaway – I’ve been looking forward to reading about this!

  6. Bibliolatrist

    I just Tweeted about this, too!

  7. chartroose

    A funny and sweet and relatively unknown novel is “Second Hand” by Michael Zadoorian. I read the entire thing in one afternoon because I was enjoying it so much.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Care

    My favorite ‘unknown’ book is Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World by Lawrence & Nancy Goldstone.

  9. J.T. Oldfield

    My favorite book that no one seems to have heard of is Girl by Blake Nelson. It’s one of the few books I’ve read more than once.

  10. J.T. Oldfield

    I just tweeted about this!

  11. melanie

    Anything by Barbara Pym. I have turned so many people onto her since I became a librarian!

  12. melanie

    I just tweeted about it, too, and added you to my Bloglines.

  13. Amanda

    Anything by Jasper Fforde. His books are brilliant, but most people just look at me blankly when I mention him. I spread the news as far and wide as possible.


  14. Heather S

    I love Odds on Love by Maysie Greig, but I’m certain most haven’t heard of it or read it since it was written in 1935 or so. It fantastically written + is a wonderful story!

  15. couchpapaya

    the simoqin prophecies by samit basu – very fun riff on fantasy elements from various genres from indian mythology to the more established forms. thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Pam R.

    I always thought In Search of an Impotent Man by Gaby Haftman? was hilarious but no one else knows of it or has read it. It’s good chick lit.

  17. Kiki

    Jack Finney’s Time and Again–I’ve always loved this novel–he happens to be the same guy that wrote The invasion of the Body Snatchers–and it is not the same as the book Time and Time Again either! Totally different book (and no Jane Seymour movie was ever made of this book!).


  18. Michelle

    Hi there,
    I’m not entering since I just recently won a book here….good thing, because I don’t have any books to suggest! But I sure have enjoyed taking note of the ones others have mentioned – so thanks, y’all!

    Will keep Pope Joan in mind for one of my book wishlists!

  19. debbie

    Ahab’s Wife was a great read that I don’t think got much attention.

  20. Mug-z

    Well, it’s certainly not the deepest book I’ve read, but I think Stephen Fry’s The Hippopotamus is the funniest book I’ve ever read and it seems like almost no one has heard of it, sadly!

  21. Mug-z

    I just tweeted this as well here –

  22. bridget3420

    I loved Jesse’s Girl by Gary Morgenstein but it’s not getting as much exposure as it deserves.

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    Blogged about giveaway

  29. Valorieq

    Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. I love it and not too many people I know have read it.

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  32. Esme

    Caliphs’ House by T. Shah-no-one ever heard of him.

    chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

  33. Alyce

    The Gate to Women’s Country by Sheri S. Tepper. While I know that there are other people out there that have read and loved her work, it is rare that I actually find anyone who has read her books.

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

  34. Lindymc

    I really enjoyed Julian’s Cell by Ralph Milton about the anchoress Julian of Norwich and since she is a character in the very popular Katherine by Anya Seton, I would think others would want to read this little-known book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  35. Lahni

    I just read The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. Not many people seem to have heard of it, but it was fantastic.

  36. Beth

    This looks interesting! Please enter me!

    No one seems to have heard of Dean Koontz’s Lightning and it’s so awesome!!!!

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

  37. elaina

    One book that I read recently that was fascinating was Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages by Mark Abley. A great non-fiction book that documents some of the world’s most endangered languages. I love when I grab a book at random from the end cap at the public library, and it ends up being a gem! smalltownbeatnik at gmail

  38. elaina
    I twittered this giveaway. smalltownbeatnik at gmail

  39. elaina

    I thumbs-upped your giveaway post in Stumble Upon. My ID there is missanomaly. smalltownbeatnik at gmail

  40. Violet

    Legends of Pensam by Mamang Dai. Its such a beautifully written book. I wish more people knew about it.

    Please enter me and thanks so much for the contest.

  41. Sue

    My favorite book is A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. I have lots of friends who consider themselves great readers that have never heard of it and I’m always baffled. I love it.
    Thanks for the giveaway~
    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

  42. Jason

    It sounds odd, “But who to make Love Like Bruce Campbell” is a extremely entertaining book that no one seems to of heard of.


  43. sandy

    this is not an entry…i am just so glad to see this book come around again! i read it years ago and loved it! i can’t wait to see the movie!

  44. kim v

    Buffalo Lockjaw by Greg Ames. I love it, but none of my friends have heard about it.

  45. kim v

    Posted about giveaway under current giveaways.

  46. Angela

    One book I read that I thought was JUST great was Fatal Lies by Frank Tallis. I gushed about it to my fellow book readers and they thought I was bonkers and that it wasn’t a real book until I told them to Google it!

  47. Megan

    A book that I really love that I don’t feel like got the attention it deserved was What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci. I just absolutely love it, and not many people have heard of it.

  48. karen k

    This book intrigues me…would love to read it. thanks for the opportunity.

    karen k

  49. karen k

    I loved the book ‘when crickets cry’ by Charles Martin.

    karen k

  50. Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

    I would like a chance Trish! Thanks for your fabulous review and giveaway! You wonderful woman you!

    xoxo Amy

  51. Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

    Oh BTW, I’m having a giveaway….jewelry and a giftcertificate for books…all I need is followers…stop by….you’ll love it! : )

  52. Amanda

    I really enjoyed reading The Book Thief, and have yet to find anyone else who has read it. Also, while it is labeled Young Adult, that is far from the truth!
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

  53. Tif

    Oooooohhh, please count me in! I really want to read this book now! As for my book that I think is great, but no one has seem to have heard about . . . Blindness by Jose Saramago! I loved this book, but I can’t seem to find very many that have read it! Have you?

  54. nfmgirl

    I think that Next of Kin by Roger Fouts was a great story (non-fiction), and I seriously doubt most people have ever heard of it.

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  55. nfmgirl

    I blogged it:

  56. nfmgirl

    I tweeted:

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  57. gaby317 @ Starting Fresh

    I enjoyed Empire of Memory by Eric Gamalinda, a Filipino writer based in NYC. The book uses magical realism to cover Philippine history during martial law under Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos. The book only had one print run so it’s been difficult to get copies. I would buy every copy I could find in bookstores and give them away.

    Pls count me in for this giveaway.

    gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

  58. mee

    I really liked Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, but I don’t think many people know about it and it may not be for everyone, but I found the book very clever and super memorable.
    Please enter me for the giveaway! I don’t enter many giveaways, but this one sounds really interesting! Thanks!

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  60. wendy wallach

    I loved ” The Red Tent” but don’t hear anyone ever talk about it or mention it.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  61. zibilee

    One of my favorite books that it seems no one has ever heard of is called A Sundial in a Grave: 1610. It is an historical/mystery novel and has some of the most distinct and interesting characters I have ever
    come across (it also has a really unconventional romance in it). It is also damn funny at times. I hope you might check it out, because it is a great read, and if I can get just one more person to read it, I will be happy. Please enter me in this contest as well. Pope Joan sounds like an awesome read. Thanks!


  62. Abby

    Kat Kong is one my girls love to read!

  63. Wanda

    Fortress North by Ella Jacoby Walker. It’s a very old book.

  64. Marjorie

    I am a email subscriber and would love to win this exciting book.

  65. Shawna Lewis

    The one book I have read and LOVED was Swan Song!!!
    Ot is the best book in the whole wide world ;o)

  66. Blair W Lewis

    Ok I really enjoyed A boys Life

  67. Grad School Mommy

    A few years ago, I read “The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing” and was dying to talk to my friends about it…’cept none of them had devoured it like I had. Go figure. I know it was a good seller but I have yet to meet another person who remembers it.

    There are 3 books I’m just chomping at the bit to read — and “POPE JOAN” is one of them!!! Thanks for this chance to win it.


  68. Jo-Jo

    I read Gardens of Water by Alan Drew a year or so ago and just loved it, but really haven’t heard much about it.
    Please enter me.

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