Wednesday, June 13, 2012

IN ONE PERSON by John Irving

Congrats to:
Kim W. in Canada
Please email me your full name and address so you can get your book!
stephanieelliot@gmail.com




This one is deep, and it’s written by John Irving, author of The Cider House Rules and The World According to Garp so I was thrilled when I was invited to share In One Person on my blog. John Irving is WOW. Right up there along with the best of them, and I am happy to be sharing this book with you. I think you're all going to love this one.

In One Person is the story of Billy Abbott a bisexual man and his quest for love in his life.

Blurb:

A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp. 

His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving’s In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy’s friends and lovers—a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself “worthwhile.”



It was difficult to come up with a question for this book so I was thinking very hard about it. You can answer either one of these two questions, or both if you feel like it:

How many men do you know named John?

 Do you know anyone who is bisexual?

I have a cousin named John and my son’s old basketball coach is named John. And I don’t think I know anyone who is bi-sexual. But if I did, I wouldn't judge! : )

Here's more info for you about the June Promo:
 
This book is part of the June Promo - enter every day in June for a chance at the grand prize giveaway at the end of the month - a pile of awesome books! - the more times you enter, the more chances you have at winning!

As with all of the books I post on Booking with MaNiC, thanks to the authors and publicists for providing me with the books. Giveaways open to US/Canada residents only. To enter, leave an identifying unique user name or ID (NO anonymous will be accepted – leave an email address if you don’t know how to post to an account!

Winners will be chosen at random by random.org, within THREE DAYS from the date the book is posted on the blog, and one entry ALLOWED per book please. If you scroll through previous posts and if there is NOT a highlighted note at the top, then feel free to enter to win that book too! If there is a highlighted announcement at the top of a post, then that book is closed to comments and a winner has already been chosen. For comments, questions, suggestions, please email me at stephanieelliot@gmail.com. Thanks for your participation! Good luck!


78 comments:

Megan said...

I am thrilled you are sharing this book!!
I know many Johns and I know many gals and guys who are bi-sexual.
Eloisepeaches

ncsuloges said...

I know one person who is bisexual. I know lots of guys named John.

Carol5814 said...

My brother is named John.

Mary Jo Burke said...

I have three uncles, grandfather, and brother named John.

Emma S. said...

I love John Irving's books! His writing is so captivating. "A Prayer for Owen Meanie" is one of my favorite books.

While most non-heterosexual people I know don't like labels, there are a few people in my life that could be classified as bisexual. Interestingly, they are all women; no men. My cousin has been with both men and women. Two female friends of mine from childhood have also been with men and women. One of them is currently with a woman and the other is currently with a man.

jdstec said...

I know about 6 Johns and if I know someone who is bi, I am not aware of it.

Anonymous said...

I think my old roomate from college is bisexual. She has been in a commited gay relationship for many years but I know she had boyfriends before.

-Donna W.

Carly said...

I can't think of anyone I know named John. I have met Johns but I don't really 'know' any of them.

As for bisexual, I can't think of anyone in particular. I know a gay person who used to date the opposite sex but I can't say that the label applies. I am betting I know more bisexual people than I think since it may not come up in regular conversation.

Carly H

Katie said...

I know lots of Jons but I don't know anyone that is bisexual that i know of. But of course I wouldn't judge either!

lucy872 said...

My husband is named John, and I have an uncle, a cousin, and many friends also named John. I know one person that is bisexual.

Jonita said...

Hmmm.....my brother's middle name is John- does that count??

Jonita

accidentalgypsy said...

I know many people named John...an uncle, a cousin, an old manager, etc. I don't believe I know anyone that's bisexual...even if I did, I definitely wouldn't judge! People are people and love is love!

absolutahnie said...

i have an uncle john and my bestie's uncle is john and my sister-in-law's dad is john. i do know at least two women who are bi-sexual

buttah said...

I know a few John's, and I also know several bisexual people too.

Bridget said...

I know 2 men named John.

iambtinrb

Carie Casey said...

One of my best friends from childhood is bi sexual. No judgement.

Carie

Kimberly Pearlman said...

I know quite a few Johns (at least 6). I'm only aware of 1 or 2 (possibly) bi-sexual people in my life.

Lizett34 said...

I know a few people named John. However, I do not know any one who is bi-sexual.

Melissa said...

i knew a guy named john who was bi for a while but now he's married to a woman. a long time ago, he dated a gorgeous gay man whom i was crushing on at the time.
anyway, i know other johns, but can't think of how many right now.

melissa a from clc

Melissa said...

I know at least 5 John/Jons but don't know anyone bisexual or at least someone who has told me they are.

-tmd636

Luvschocolate said...

I dont know anyone named John and I down know anyone who's bisexual, gay, straight,, or lesbian but no one who likes both.

Melissa said...

My dad is a John and he has many cousins with that name.

I do not know anyone who is bisexual.

Mel Rem

Ally said...

I know one person who is truly bisexual (not like all the girls I went to college with) and I know lots of Johns

Emily said...

I know a few Johns - it seems like I should know a lot because it's a common name, but I can only think of 3.

I don't think anyone I know is bisexual - that I know of.


Emily116

susieqlaw said...

susieqlaw

I know 12 men named John. Popular name!

Denise said...

I can only think of 3 Johns that I know, and 1 bisexual person.

-Denise F.

keltban said...

I know at least 6 Johns that come to mind.

I know 1 bisexual.

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

I have know a few people named John but as I was thinking about it, there are not as many as I would have thought. And I am not aware of anyone I know that is bi-sexual - but who cares, right?

Books & Reviews said...

I know 3 Johns and one bi-sexual person.

Nancye said...

This sounds like an interesting book! The BIG giveaway at the end of June sounds AWSEOME!!

I know a few people who are gay, no bi-sexuals that I know of.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Crystal said...

My fiance's name is John!! Well Jonathan, but everyone usually calls him John. I don't call him "John" unless we're arguing. Just like if he calls me "Crystal" I know something's up.

crystal717

Jessica said...

Yeah, I know someone who is bisexual.

I'm not interested in winning this book but I want this comment to be considered for the part of the big giveaway!

Thanks!
-Jessica M
walkingcorpse11@hotmail.com

Bridget O'Neill said...

I know a few Johns, and I only know of one friend who is bisexual.

Bev V said...

My nephew is John, as was my father-in-law. I know several other people named John as well.

I don't know if anyone I know is bi, and I really don't care one way or the other.

Bev (shaggy552@gmail.com)

robynn78 said...

Cousin & uncle named John, no one bi-sexual though.

Kim W. said...

I know 3 or 4 John's. No bisexual ppl (that I know of!!).

Nanette said...

My BIL is John. We call him Johnnie and he's adorable. I have two friends that are lesbians. Not sure if they count as "Bi" even tho they were both married to men before. Whatever...it doesn't matter! Ha ha!

Nan :)

ludy2288 said...

I know many John's and Jon's and when I used to work with teenagers they all claimed to be bisexual..it must have been the cool thing to claim.

EBrowning said...

I used to go to high school with a guy named John. We weren't close friends though and are no longer in touch.

Juliet Farmer said...

many Johns, no bis.

Lindsay said...

I know a few men named John, and I have a few friend from college who would say they are bisexual... but who knows if that still holds true!

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Too many John's to count!

slm8803 said...

I know several people named John and I do know someone who is bi-sexual.

betsy_blixt said...

So many Johns! Never really thought about it before but I know a ton! I know lots of people who are bi-sexual, plus a few I think are but are scared to say it out loud.

Jen said...

I've realized lately that I know a ridiculous amount of people named John. To the point where my conversations are slightly confusing (to myself, as well as others!)

-Jen
jenknee1976@hotmail.com

Bernadette7 said...

I know probably half a dozen Johns (yes I laughed at how this sounded a lil hooker esque). I don't know any bisexuals but I have a few great lesbians friends.

Kristen said...

I know lots of Johns - my uncle being the first to come to mind.

Kristen27

Marla W. said...

I know lots of people named John - I have one cousin named John, work with several and have acquaintances also.

Yes I know people who are bi-sexual. Like someone else mentioned I don't know any men who are, I can only think of women I know with the preference.

Kristi said...

I know several people named John. Just in my small office of 10 people I have 2.

I know a couple of bisexual women, but no men. The only men I know who like other men are gay not bisexual.

DaphneSFL said...

5 friends named John
2 bisexual friends. That I know of ;)

Anonymous said...

Dad, grandfather, uncle, great-uncle, and two cousins named John. That is just my family! I don't know how many friends I have with the name.

Colbey J

Corgi Lover said...

I know a few johns. I know a few bisexuals. But I don't know anyone named John who's bisexual.

celing21 said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Kristin said...

I know a few John's.

Terri said...

Not sure how many I know, but funny that the question is about Johns. Over the years, I have kissed four of them. My friends have actually banned me from dating any more guys named John. :)

Terri M.

your invisible pixie said...

i know a few bisexual people...and a handful of guys named john!

Lilian said...

I know one Jonathan..and one John...who happens to do 1000pushups every Monday every week.
As for bi-sexuals..I know two, one girl and a guy, both are super nice people.

Lilian @ A Novel Toybox
lilianxchengATgmail.com

TaraUB said...

I'm not sure if I know anyone that is bisexual. I'm sure I do, I'm just not aware. As far as John's, I probably know a lot more than I realize. I can think of 3 off the top of my head.

Ready To Be A Momma said...

My dad's name is John. I don't believe that I know anyone that is bisexual.
qweska8402

Dani In Chicago said...

I lost count how many Johns I know. I dont know anyone who is bisexual...that I know of!

faithspage said...

Know several John's, not the boss of hooker's.

Kimmi said...

I know too many Johns to count, but no one that's bisexual. I do have a lot of gay friends though.

Krystal said...

My husband had an Uncle John, but he passed away. We have a family friend named John.
kndyer

equinn726 said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
equinn726 said...

I am excited about this new John Irving book - so happy you get to feature him! One of my favorite reads of all time is "A Prayer for Owen Meany." I know too many John's and Jon's to count and I know at least two bisexual people.

Sslinsky said...

I know too many people named John to care.....I think my sister is bisexual.

Sarah

Mumma23qts said...

I have, oops, mean know quite a few johns. hahahahah

Tiffany Drew said...

I know a few Johns and a few people who are bisexual (non of which are a John, though).

Joelle said...

I know a lot of John's of different spelling's and some amazing people that are bi-sexual.

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

I know too many John's to count... and I don't know anyone who is bi-sexual

Christina said...

I don't know anyone who's bisexual, but I have an uncle John!

ChristinaL

Sherry said...

I know one person who is bi-sexual and many guys named John including a BFF named Jon

Ms. Daisy said...

My nephew is named John. I know a bisexual person

Anonymous said...

My Dad's name is John! He is the most precious man in my life! jennyb75

Erin G said...

I have a cousin named John...

Anonymous said...

I know no one named john and no one bisexual at the moment!
RebeccaE

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Thanks for entering to win this book! Comments are now closed! No more entries will be taken to qualify for this book, but please check back for the next book being featured!

BrendaL71 said...

As popular a name it is. I can say I know at least 3 at the top of my head.