Friday, June 10, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway!!! Johnny One-Eye


Johnny One-Eye: A Tale of the American Revolution
by Jerome Charyn

"A rollicking tale." --Stacy Schiff, New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice

Johnny One-Eye is bringing about the rediscovery of one of the most "singular and remarkable [careers] in American literature" (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World). In this picaresque tour de force that reanimates Revolutionary Manhattan through the story of double agent John Stocking, the bastard son of a whorehouse madam and possibly George Washington, Jerome Charyn has given us one of the most memorable historical novels in years. As Johnny seeks to unlock the mystery of his birth and grapples with his allegiances, he falls in love with Clara, a gorgeous, green-eyed octoroon, the most coveted harlot of Gertrude's house. The wild parade of characters he encounters includes Benedict Arnold, the Howe brothers, "Sir Billy" and "Black Dick," and a manipulative Alexander Hamilton.

Not since John Barth's The Sotweed Factor and Gore Vidal's Burr has a novel so dramatically re-created America's historical beginnings. Reading group guide included.

The main character takes you along on his journey through war, you battle side by side with Johnny and learn quite a bit of history along the way.  This is a very entertaining book and those of you who love history will want to read Johnny One-Eye.

A book as entertaining as this one is a great way to learn a little more history, it's too bad that all lessons are not this entertaining there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep you on your toes, a little romance thrown in on the side and in the midst of it all you'll even learn more about George Washington!

This really is an incredible book, one that will keep you reading and entertained the entire book through.  It's not one of my light summer reads, but it is one you won't want to miss!

.....and now here's your chance to win a copy of this fabulous book!  USA only.

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This contest will end at midnight on Thursday, June 30th at midnight, the winner will be chosen via and will have 48 hours to answer my email or a new winner will be chosen.


*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tribute books 
in exchange for review, the publisher is also offering the giveaway copy.



  1. Knit One Read Two - what a fun book site. Proof that book lovers are the best people on earth. I enjoyed your review and it's posted on our page for the book:

  2. Thanks Lauri for your praise of "Johnny One-Eye." I'm glad that it made aspects of American history more interesting and more entertaining for you. Jerome really did a great job of bringing Manhattan alive circa Revolutionary War times. Thanks for hosting a stop on the blog tour and for helping us spread the word about this great book.

    Good luck to all those who enter the giveaway! :)

  3. The best book I've read so far this year is "A discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness

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  6. The best book that I've read so far is Packing for Mars.
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  9. The best book I've read this year is "Water for Elephants."

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