Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Book Review and Giveaway: "Mating Rituals of the North American Wasp" by Lauren Lipton

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I'm giving away 5 brand new copies of today's book! Leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll
pick a name and announce the winners on Wednesday June 3. US and Canada addresses only (No PO Boxes). Good luck!



After arguing with her live-in boyfriend about his inability to commit, Peggy Adams flies to a friend's bachelorette party in Las Vegas, and wakes up next to a man she can't remember. Hung-over and miserable, she sneaks out of the sleeping man's hotel room and returns home to New York, where her boyfriend apologizes for the fight and gives her a Tiffany box containing a pre-engagement ring. Not what she expected, but close enough! The next day she receives a phone call from the Las Vegas one-night stand, Luke, claiming she's already married to him¬-and he faxes her the license for proof! Both are ready for an annulment, until Peggy arrives in quaint New Nineveh, CT, where Luke cares for his Great Aunt, and the old woman makes Peggy an offer she can't refuse.

This was one of the most enjoyable mainstream chick lit books I've read in a while. The story is engaging, the characters likable, the situation familiar but not cliched. It's one of those books where you know what's going to happen at the end but you still enjoy the ride getting there. I am glad that I was not raised the way Luke had been. There's no way I could stand to live with all those unspoken rules and the expectation of having the feeling that you are better than everyone else. Seriously I just wanted to slap some of those people and knock some sense into them. I was glad that Peggy was able to find friends she could confide in while living in her new setting. These friends accepted her even though they didn't know her true story. Tiffany was a great help to her. The chemistry between Peggy and Luke is wonderful and it's funny how they are legally husband and wife yet all this tension between them spices everything up. I wasn't too big a fan of Peggy's ex boyfriend, personally I thought he was a jerk and should have been dumped long long ago.

My only qualm was that I felt that Peggy's name was totally wrong for her. It is a very old fashioned name and seemed out of place in a chick lit novel. I just didn't think a 30 something would have kept the name Peggy throughout her life, especially if she lived in New York City. Other than that I totally loved this book. For the most part, it's quite a clean book. There's no harsh language or descriptive sex (ironically the sex is between husband and wife) It makes for a a fun read on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Also I'm totally digging Grand Central's 5 Spot chick lit line. I'm going to have go now find every book on their back list and read them!

Mating Rituals of the North American Wasp by Lauren Lipton is published by 5 Spot (2009)

Lauren Lipton is the author of two novels, It's About Your Husband (2006) and Mating Rituals of the North American WASP (2009). She is also a freelance journalist who specializes in style, business and trend stories.

She is currently fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor at ForbesWoman magazine. She has also contributed features on society and media to the New York Times Sunday Styles section. A former Wall Street Journal staff writer, she reported on copycat brides who steal their friends' wedding ideas, pajama parties for grown women, and luxury homes with his-and-hers garages.

Her work also has appeared in Conde Nast Portfolio, In Style Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Best Life, Glamour, Marie Claire, Fit Pregnancy and Working Mother, and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. She began her career at the Los Angeles Times.

Born in Providence, R.I., Lauren grew up in the North County of San Diego and in Los Gatos, Calif., before moving to Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and anthropology from Occidental College and a master's degree in print journalism from the University of Southern California.

She lives with her family in New York City and in Litchfield County, Conn.


  1. Don't enter me. I enjoyed this book, too! I didn't think about Peggy's name, but now that you mention it, it is rather old fashioned.

  2. All the reviews today have made this book sound really great and I need some relaxation reading. Please enter me - meghankk at gmail dot com. =)

  3. This looks like a really cool book. Please enter me.

  4. entering for Rebecca (ccqdesigns)

  5. Apparently I'm insane...thought my email was in my blogger profile but it's not. :P Anyway, please enter me, this sounds like a fun read! ruthellenanderson at gmail dot com

  6. Anonymous9:06 AM

    This looks like a great summer read! Thanks for the contest. Great blog!

    notenoughtimetoread - FR

  7. What an interesting book. Please enter me.

  8. Sounds like a perfect summer read. Please enter me.

    whitreidsmama at

  9. Love to win this one! Please enter me. Thank you.

    cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

  10. This book sounds like a lot of fun, great review! Thanks for the chance to win!


  11. I'd like to enter the contest. My email is Thanks!

  12. Anonymous11:49 AM

    This sounds like a fun book. Please enter me!


  13. The reviews about this one are good, I really want to read it! I'm entering the contest too!

    karynlapierre at hotmail dot com

  14. JustJanet12:33 PM

    I'd love to read this one!

    JustJanet @ FR

  15. Anonymous12:42 PM

    Interesting title for a book. I thought at first it was some sort of science book..LOL.
    Please enter me..thanks!

    ConnieJ at FR

  16. Anonymous1:39 PM

    Looks really good! Enter me but even if I don't win, I'll still read it soon. vanessav on PBS

  17. Anonymous1:45 PM

    I never win anything, but this sounds like a fun read! Thanks!

    levyrcon on PBS

  18. Misty3:57 PM

    I never win anything either, lol. This book sounds like a great read, wouldn't have looked twice at it, glad I read this! =) Please enter me too.

  19. Don't enter me, I just wanted to say that I think you're totally right about Peggy, that actually bothered me while I was reading the book too. What an odd name for her.

  20. This looks like a great beach read, please enter me in the contest!
    Also I agree with your review, by the sounds of things "Peggy" may not have been the best choice for a name!


  21. Julie H6:27 PM

    Please enter me! Sounds like a great book for summer. And very astute comment about the name Peggy. If she was named Margaret, you'd think being the age she is, she'd be a Maggie. Peggy seems to be more of the nickname for Margaret from the fifties, KWIM?

    I'm intrigued.

    Julie H.

  22. This sounds like a great summer read.
    Hope I win one. If not I will be keeping an eye out for it.
    Thank You.

  23. Anonymous7:00 PM

    i think i would enjoy this!


  24. Please enter me too.

  25. I've heard great things about this book and am super intrigued. Thanks for the opportunity to read it! :)

    stephxsu at gmail dot com

  26. I would love to win a copy! Virginia M (PBS nickname) or

  27. Lenda9:56 PM

    I've never been a fan of chick lit but, after reading the reviews, this sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Lenda @ FR

  28. Anonymous10:35 PM

    I'd love to have this. Please enter me. Thank you for doing this. PBS nickname is seaoftranquillity

  29. Anonymous6:36 AM

    Would love to read this one! Tjones at Frugal Reader! Thanks for the offering!

  30. Great post! So glad you love the 5 Spot books!!! :)

  31. WOW, this is my FIRST post on someone's book related blog!!! It is very generous of you to do this contest!!! I am BsMommy here at pbs and my email is Thanks again

  32. Anonymous10:01 AM

    Lots of Julie's leaving comments. LOL.
    I've never read chick lit, but this looks like a good book to start the genre with. Nice blog, really professional looking.

    Julie (drewsmom @ PBS)

  33. Looks interesting - please count me in!


  34. Anonymous10:43 AM

    Please enter me. After reading all these comments, I hope I win because I would love to read it. Elizabeth (ManolasMom @ PBS)

  35. This sounds like a fun book. I love books like this for summer reading. Thanks so much for the giveaway. EllieW at PBS
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  36. Enter me! Your review sold me!

  37. I didn't think I was going to like this book but you made it sound good! Now I DO want to read it! lol Thank you for the giveaway!
    Carol M
    mittens0831 AT

  38. I would love a copy! Thank you!


  39. I agree with your comment about "Peggy." When I was growing up, not many of my friends had nicknames. Of course, when you go to a parochial school, the nuns either call you Mr. or Miss last name or the formal first name.

    I already entered!!

  40. Anonymous9:01 PM

    Thanks for a great contest!

  41. Anonymous9:04 PM

    I'm already intrigued after the introductory paragraph, so please enter me to win one of the books! I love discovering new authors and this seems like a good one to discover! Thank you, Chrissey

  42. Thanks for sharing this with us at PBS :) !

  43. Enter me please!


  44. Sounds like an interesting book. Enter me also.

    ladybughugs (at) bellsouth (dot) net

  45. I've been reading so many good reviews of this book. I can't wait to read it; it would be even better if I won it!

    melacan at hotmail dto com

  46. Anonymous12:49 PM

    Please enter me.

  47. I would love to win and read this book.
    chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

  48. Anonymous11:20 AM

    Please sign me or LisaRC at