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December 20, 2014


Welcome to the Midwinter's Giveaway Hop (December 21st - 31st)
In the bleak mid-winter you can either hibernate or, in case you're not a bear, make yourself comfy in front of an open fireplace and finish the book. Which one? This one.

Finish This Book (Keri Smith)Please note: This giveaway is open worldwide, but only for countries TBD offers free shipping to - please check here.

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November 28, 2014

Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America (Yong Chen)November 25th 2014, Columbia University Press
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American diners began to flock to Chinese restaurants more than a century ago, making Chinese food the first mass-consumed cuisine in the United States. By 1980, it had become the country’s most popular ethnic cuisine. Chop Suey, USA offers the first comprehensive interpretation of the rise of Chinese food, revealing the forces that made it ubiquitous in the American...
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November 26, 2014

November 24, 2014

Just a short note to let you know that The Book Garden will be in hibernation until March 2015. There will be the odd post here or there (two more scheduled this week) and I will be participating in some giveaway hops during that time, so stick around folks and see you all again in full swing next spring!

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November 21, 2014

Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail (Dave Arnold)November 21st 2014, W. W. Norton & Company
Website - Goodreads
In Dave Arnold’s world, the shape of an ice cube, the sugars and acids in an apple, and the bubbles in a bottle of champagne are all ingredients to be measured, tested, and tweaked.
With Liquid Intelligence, the creative force at work in Booker & Dax, New York City’s high-tech bar, brings readers behind the counter and into the lab. There, Arnold and...
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November 19, 2014

Downtime between meetings? Slight case of boredom? Or maybe in actual need of, say, a profile pic for a social media site of your choice? I think I have just the thing you need then.

PhotoFunia allows you to create amazing photo collages and spruce up your pictures with different effects in seconds and for absolutely free. Who could ask for more? What's that? Book related, you're saying? Now would I be blogging about this if that weren't one of the many options you are offered? *shakes head in...
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November 17, 2014

Last week I let you in on why I prefer to hold an actual book in my hands, the kind that trees had to die for. While my reasons for this more traditional approach to reading described in Part I are something not easily surpassed by an eReader, these sleek gadgets do have a thing or two going for them too. I guess what it all boils down to is that I do like them both, each for different reasons. Now why is that? Here are my main reasons why eReading rocks.


IThe storage of a gazillion books that...
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November 14, 2014


Welcome to the Gratitude Giveaways (November 15th - 30th)
How about showing your love for literature by sending a bookish postcard to friends and family? To get you started I'm giving away the winner's choice of one of these boxed postcard collections from Penguin.

100 Book Covers in One Box
100 Writers in One Box
Please note: This giveaway is open worldwide, but only for countries TBD offers free shipping to - please check here.

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Come Home at Once (Guy Atkins)November 13th 2014, Bantam Press
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For more than a decade, Guy Atkins has collected postcards sent by the Edwardians. In this incredible treasury of 100 cards, he shares the very best from his collection. From the tantalising, to the hilarious, to the downright shocking, this compendium shines a light on an extraordinary phenomenon of communication.
At half the price of sending a letter, and with same-day delivery in urban areas, Britain became obse...
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November 12, 2014

An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.
You must write for yourself, above all. That is your only hope of creating something beautiful.
Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce pre...
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