Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mating Rituals of the North American WASP - Book Review and Giveaway

"You told us you were engaged. You were skipping around with that WASPy guy, calling him 'my future husband.' The two of you were all over each other. We couldn't figure out what had gotten into you, Peggy." - Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton

I learn something every day. Take the word WASP for instance. I see the word WASP and think of a flying insect that stings. Apparently, it has another meaning, one I may have learned in school but didn't remember -- White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, i.e. a member of the dominant and the most privileged class of people in the United States. (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary) Where have I been, you ask? Trying to remove wasp's nests from my children's playcenter, that's where, unconcerned with the ways of the elite. But, I enjoyed reading about some fictional WASP antics in Mating Rituals of the North American WASP, a new adult fiction book written by Lauren Lipton.

Disgruntled because Brock, her boyfriend of seven years hasn't proposed, Peggy throws caution to the wind and gets a little wild during a girls' weekend in Vegas. Back home in New York, she learns just how wild. In her drunken bliss she married a complete stranger, Luke Sedgwick, a WASP from New Nineveh, Connecticut. She leaves her ACME cleaning supply business for a day and drives to New Nineveh seeking an annulment. But then she meets Luke's great-aunt Abigail and receives an unusual offer...if she remains married to Luke for an entire year, she will inherit half of the Sedgwick mansion. Desperate to save her own floundering business, she accepts and, as part of the deal, spends each weekend in New Nineveh where she learns the ways of the WASPs.

A romance, a fairy tale, small town niceties and big city glitz. This is the perfect women's fiction fare! Every so often, especially during the summer, it is nice to pick up a chick lit book. I read Mating Rituals of the North American WASP from cover to cover in one sitting and enjoyed escaping into its fantasy. For those that may be concerned about such things, the romantic parts don't get very steamy at all. I particularly liked the proud and head-strong 90-year-old Great-aunt Abigail. Her character made me laugh with her meddling ways. I also loved the sonnets and verse by Lee Slonimsky sprinkled through-out the book, especially the "Widow in the Woods." Lipton raises social concerns in her book by writing about the effects of big-box retailers on America’s small towns and businesses. The exact same thing is happening in our area so I can completely identify with this part of the plot. A delightful, light read.

Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton. 5 Spot (May 2009); 368 pages; ISBN 9780446197977

Related Links:
Lauren Lipton - Author Website
New York Times profile on Lauren Lipton
Book Excerpt
Win a copy! This review is part of a book blog tour, and Hachette Book Group has kindly offered to giveaway (3) copies of Mating Rituals of the North American WASP to 3 Brimful Curiosities readers. Perfect for summer reading. 3 COPIES!

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Kim said...

I suppose I will read this book. If it's on the bestseller list.

I am Harriet said...

That's Hilarious!
Mating Rituals of the North American WASP ! You really do not hear that term too often any more.

Anonymous said...

Lol, I originally thought this book was about bugs too! But now I know better and I think I'd enjoy it very much!

jaam121388 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I follow/subscribe via email

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Gaby317 said...

Please count me in!

WASPy comment?

Slightly sarcastic tone - "definitely" will do (when you don't intend to).
"prep" - prep school kid, a 9th grader at Phillips Exeter

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

nfmgirl said...

Tonight, while we worked on trimming my Bismark palm, we had a lot of angry wasps dive-bombing us.

Oh. Wait. That's a different kind of "wasp", isn't it. Sorry. I'm not really a WASP, so I don't know how to say "WASP-y" things!

Please don't hold that against me, and maybe count me in your giveaway anyway? Please?

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

donnas said...

Sounds like a great book. Not at all what I expected from the title.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Dawn M. said...

This sounds like a hoot! Oh, wait, that's southern. (I can say that 'cause I am.)


This sounds like such a delightful book. What a fun diversion for a beautiful, sunny day. I highly anticipate reading it.

Thanks! :0)
librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Jacqueline C. said...

I've been waiting for this book to come out! Please enter me in the giveaway

Marie said...

I'm afraid I don't know many WASP-y comments or vocabulary since I would qualify as a WASP at all. I know more about the flying kind since they are always trying to dive bomb me :-) But the book looks like a great read so please include me.

Kitten22 said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

I think people get the mistaken idea that everyone in Connecticut is a WASP, which is certainly not true!


Kitten22 said...

I'm a subscriber (through Google Reader)!


Rachel said...

I follow you on my Google Reader! Thanks for the giveaway!

scottsgal said...

please count me in for this one - sounds like a great read

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cheryl c said...

This book sounds like a really fun read. I love the title! I can see it as a movie someday.

Thanks for the chance to win it!


allisonmariecat said...

Oh, you simply must enter me, as this book sounds just the thing to read outside my summer home while acquiring a golden glow.

allison DOT campbell AT gmail DOT com

Carol M said...

oops, sorry, forgot to leave my email.

I'm another one who first thought the book was about the kind of wasp that flies around and makes nests where you don't want them like in your grill or mailbox!
I'm not a wasp so I don't know how to leave a waspy sounding comment. I would still like to read the book. Thank you for the giveaway!

Carol M
mittens0831 AT

Carol M said...

I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted this contest - CarolAnnM
Carol M
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Kristi said...

Did you know WASP stands for White Anglo Saxon Protestant? I thought that was interesting. Not sure what a Waspy comment would be though!

Hope you will enter me in the giveaway anyway!

kherbrand at comcast dot net

Melissa said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This one sounds great and I love the cover.

Teddy Rose said...

No need to enter me. This will appear on my next Giveaways Galore, this weekend.

Amber said...

Sounds like fun chick lit that is hopefully a little deeper than your average gold-digger story.
Thanks for the giveaway :)

A Grandma said...

Would you care to join me on my yacht or perhaps a nice afternoon of croquet on the lawn in front of the estate?


Staci A said...

My thoughts automatically went to flying bugs. But after reading more about the book, it seems very interesting. Plus, I love any books that can be described as a romantic fairy tale!

Sue W. said...

A WASP comment. Think I read somewhere that saying something like "Is she In?" meaning is she one of us?? Does she fit into our way of doing things and dressing etc.


Sue W. said...

I posted this giveaway on my blog at:


nfmgirl said...

I blogged it:

Sue W. said...

A little late but I twittered this giveaway.
my tweeting name is @kona15hilo


Gwendolyn B. said...

Not sure if I can come up with a WASPY comment, but I sure do want to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Gwendolyn B. said...

And, here's my Tweet!

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

I don't think I'm very good with waspy comments, but maybe if I read this book I'll be able to come up with some! Please enter me!

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

Anonymous said...

I follow you on Google Reader.

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Esme said...

This one looks good for the beach.

chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

Llehn said...

Please include me in the giveaway. Thanks!


ABCD Diaries said...

I, too, have never heard of this term, but the book sounds great! Thanks for the chance:)

The Allen Family said...

WASPy comment? Hmm...

You don't ask me to read this book, I'll inform you when I'm ready to read it. Thank you very much.

Rebecca Cox said...

Reading is so boring might mess up my manicure, but send the book anyway and I will have Bostwick read it to me while he serves breakfast each morning.

Esme said...

A waspy comment-I'm allergic to them actually-but did manage to anger the nest once. I cannot think of the other type of wasp comment.

Anita Yancey said...

This book sounds like a really fun summer read. I would really enjoy reading it. Please enter me. Thanks!


CherylS22 said...

I'm not sure what a WASPy sounding comment would be! But I do know that this is one book that I definitely want to read. The situation seems so funny to me & I think I'll get a lot of laughs out of this one.


Katrina said...

not normally my kind of book but sounds interesting

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

lol, this has me cracking up. I never learned that wasp meant white anglo-saxon protestant. But, it makes sense. You learn something new every day I guess.

Please enter me. This really does sound like a great book. Thanks!


Pamela S said...

I like Vera Bradley. Is that WASPY enough? LOL

This sounds like a great summer read, full of romance, and exploring possibilities. I originally thought this book was actually about WASPS (yes, I'm that dumb LOL) so wasn't very interested. But your review makes it sound great. Thanks so much!!


Carlene said...

This book sounds like a good one. Please include me in your giveaway.

The Giveaway Diva said...

i love to sip champane in my pearls!! ahha hope that sounds waspy!!


Erica said...

oh wow what a great book giveaway!! please enter me!!!


kate said...

wow what a great sounding book! please enter me!!!


Shelly T. said...

Sounds like a fun summer read!


L said...

This sounds like a great book to read at the beach. Enter me please!


Ashley said...

I would love love love a copy of this!

I'm a follower :)