The funny, irreverent, irresistible Carol Burnett – author of This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection – says, “Patti’s story had me from the moment I turned to page one of the prologue until the absolutely triumphant final chapter . . . . She tells it like it is, warts and all. And by the time I finished reading the last chapter, I found myself giving Patti a standing ovation in the privacy of my very own living room.”

And now for something completely different . . . a knitting book! We’re thinking some of you RIFers out there might be crafters, and our friends at CrafterNews have generously offered copies of Genevieve Miller’s Vampire Knits, just in time for Halloween! Surrender to the allure of knits inspired by the immortals we all love to fear. If you adore Twilight, True Blood, or The Vampire Diaries, this collection of 28 imaginative and beautiful projects is sure to captivate. And we’re excited to offer another special book for giveaway this week (hint: Martha Stewart).

Lamb traces the self-discovery of David Lamb, a narcissistic middle aged man with a tendency toward dishonesty, in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and even comes to believe that his devotion to Tommie is in her best interest.

“I am delighted that these early novels, which I published under my maiden name, Lisa Miscione, have found a new life on the shelves and a new home with the stellar team at Broadway Books,” says Lisa Unger, bestselling author of Darkness, My Old Friend. “I know a lot of authors wish their early books would just disappear, because they’ve come so far as writers since they first began their careers. And I understand that, because we would all go back and rewrite everything if we could. But I have a special place in my heart for these flawed, sometimes funny, complicated characters and their wild, action-packed stories.”

The Informationist is a thriller, mystery, and Africa travel guide (to the places you do not want to visit) all rolled into one,” says Marisa of the book blog MarisaReadsItAndWritesIt. “It is amazing, and I could not stop reading it. Imagine my happiness when I found out that a second Vanessa Michael Monroe book is coming out in December!!! READ THIS BOOK!”

Congratulations to the winners of the very special sweepstakes for Chris Bohjalian’s new novel The Night Strangers, brought to you by Read It Forward and the farm families who own Vermont’s Cabot Creamery! Winners were chosen at random from among over 10,000 entries. Thank you to all the RIFers who entered, thank you to Cabot Creamery for partnering with Read It Forward, and thank you to Chris Bohjalian for everything he does to get his bestselling, award-winning novels into the hands of readers across the country.