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The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure
by Deborah Davis (Goodreads Author)
From the author of Strapless and Guest of Honor, a book about a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took from New York to LA in 1963,…more[close] *GALLEY GIVEAWAY*View Details »
From the author of Strapless and Guest of Honor, a book about a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took from New York to LA in 1963, and how that journey and the numerous artists and celebrities he encountered profoundly influenced his life and art.
In 1963, up-and-coming artist Andy Warhol took a road trip across America. What began as a madcap, drug-fueled romp became a journey that took Warhol on a kaleidoscopic adventure from New York City, across the vast American heartland, all the way to Hollywood and back.
With locations ranging from a Texas panhandle truck stop to a Beverly Hills mansion, from the beaches of Santa Monica to a Photomat booth in Albuquerque, The Trip captures Warhol's interactions with Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Marcel Duchamp, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra. Along the way he also met rednecks, beach bums, underground filmmakers, artists, poets, socialites, and newly minted hippies, and they each left an indelible mark on his psyche.
In The Trip, Andy Warhol's speeding Ford Falcon is our time machine, transporting us from the last vestiges of the sleepy Eisenhower epoch to the true beginning of the explosive, exciting '60s. Through in-depth, original research, Deborah Davis sheds new light on one of the most enduring figures in the art world and captures a fascinating moment in 1960s America with Warhol at its center. [close]Giveaway dates: Jun 11 - Jul 01, 20154 copies available, 582 people requestingCountries available: US
It Takes Guts To Be Happy: A 21 Day Cleansing Plan To Heal Your Belly & Recharge Your Life
by Julia Loggins (Goodreads Author)
Did You Know Gut Health is Key to Your Happiness? Toxicity and stress steal our joy. Pain and disease drain our creativity. Ninety percent of the bioc…more[close] Did You Know Gut Health is Key to Your Happiness? Toxicity and stress steal our joy. Pain and disease drain our creativity. Ninety percent of the biochemistry that activates happiness is manufactured in your gut. It is time to take charge of your gut health to access the joy, energy and optimism that you have been missing! We come into contact with literally hundreds of chemicals a day. Our bodies were not designed to assimilate or eliminate these toxins, and that is costing our health and happiness. Yet, it is possible to thrive in our modern world! Julia Loggins will teach you how to fight back by cleansing, detoxifying, and regenerating your body and brain. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Jun 17 - Jul 01, 20151 copy available, 504 people requestingCountries available: US
The Good Life on Te Muna Road
by Deborah Coddington
Release date: May 29, 2015An engaging, affectionate reflection on finding love, making wine, and life in a small rural community.
The first time Deborah Coddington lived in Mart…more[close] An engaging, affectionate reflection on finding love, making wine, and life in a small rural community.View Details »
The first time Deborah Coddington lived in Martinborough was in the height of the hippy era, when the old mansion Waiura attracted poets, protesters, novelists, photographers, artists and activists. It was a counter-culture scene of some privilege and distinction. However, the music stopped when, crushed by debts, she and her partner Alister Taylor were forced to leave town.
Nearly 40 years on, with a successful career as a journalist, a stint as a restaurateur and a term in Parliament behind her, Deborah returned to Martinborough not quite sure of the welcome she would receive.
In this wry, amusing and heartfelt memoir, she writes of finding a community full of outstanding and entertaining individuals that demonstrates the can-do, all-in-this-together spirit of provincial New Zealand. Now a good deal wiser and very much in love with her new husband, Colin Carruthers QC, Deborah lays some ghosts to rest, writes movingly about the death of her mother, details the vicissitudes of being a wine grower and shares the joy of life with her beloved animals. [close]Giveaway dates: Jun 17 - Jul 01, 20153 copies available, 14 people requestingCountries available: NZ
Exposure: A Sociologist Explores Sex, Society, and Adult Entertainment
by Chauntelle Tibbals
Release date: Jul 07, 2015Win a signed ARC from Dr. Chauntelle!
"I was going to speak to the porn industry, both because it was made up of people who deserved to have their voic…more[close] Win a signed ARC from Dr. Chauntelle!View Details »
"I was going to speak to the porn industry, both because it was made up of people who deserved to have their voices heard . . . and because no one else had the guts to."
In Exposure: A Sociologist Explores Sex, Society, and Adult Entertainment, Chauntelle Tibbals exposes readers to one of the most mysterious businesses and significant subcultures shaping our modern world – porn. Adult entertainment is a part of us – it’s a hugely influential component of our culture. Like it or not, it partially shapes who we are as a society. And we as a society help shape it right back. Porn takes on our sexual desires and dreams, often in ways that we’re uncomfortable with.
Tibbals takes us through her own process – from precocious Southern California girl to marginalized sociology Ph.D. student to renowned adult industry expert. She shares her adventures and observations – often hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and always enlightening – in order to give us a nuanced look at a community that’s simultaneously influential and reviled, powerful and stigmatized. From the altered reality of pornographic film sets to wildly inappropriate fans at trade shows, Tibbals has seen it all. And she will be the first person to tell you: the adult industry is nothing like you’d expect. It’s a world that deals in sex and is shrouded in mystery but is ultimately no different from any other. [close]Giveaway dates: Jun 19 - Jul 03, 201515 copies available, 413 people requestingCountries available: US
Your Business Foundation
by Christopher Briggs (Goodreads Author)
**5 Signed Copies**
Most businesses struggle and fail because they are built of a weak foundation based on hope and luck. They hope they will succeed a…more[close] **5 Signed Copies**View Details »
Most businesses struggle and fail because they are built of a weak foundation based on hope and luck. They hope they will succeed and with luck it will happen. The successful minority are built on a solid foundation based on certainty and control. They know exactly where they are going, how to get there and they stay on course. What kind of foundation is your business built on?
Learn how to build your business on a strong foundation based on certainty and control instead of a weak one based on hope and luck.
- The three fundamental building blocks that all successful businesses are built on: Strategy, Systems and Leadership
- Why you need all three building blocks to ensure success
- How these building blocks give you the certainty and control you need to set the right destination and reach it
- How to establish these fundamental building blocks in your business
This book shows you how to build the solid foundation that eliminates uncertainty and gives you the control you need to achieve your goals and reach your destination.
So, are you going to carry on as most business owners do and struggle and likely fail or are you going to build a successful business that will change your life? [close]Giveaway dates: May 21 - Jul 04, 20155 copies available, 59 people requestingCountries available: GB
Publicola: Observations on Paine's Rights of Man in a series of letters
by John Quincy Adams, Will Butts (Goodreads Author)
Giveaway dates: May 29 - Jul 04, 20155 copies available, 394 people requestingCountries available: US
Right-Hearted: Finding What's Right With a Wrong-Sided Heart
by Daniel Wallock (Goodreads Author)
Right-Hearted: Finding What’s Right With A Wrong Sided Heart, is a short memoir about my life-threatening heart conditions and an unforgettable girl.
I…more[close] Right-Hearted: Finding What’s Right With A Wrong Sided Heart, is a short memoir about my life-threatening heart conditions and an unforgettable girl.View Details »
I never knew anybody who completely understood my unique struggles until that night under the full moon.
Standing before the sky I had little idea my next two weeks would be overwhelmed with wild love, lust, confusion, tears and a beautiful girl. She and I would share the stories of our hearts…our right-sided hearts.
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A Cliff Over Blue
by Daniel Wallock (Goodreads Author)
1 Copy of A Cliff Over Blue SIGNED!!!!
Wallock’s poetry is elliptical in nature, incorporating both a soft, steady pace and a great economy of words. H…more[close] 1 Copy of A Cliff Over Blue SIGNED!!!!View Details »
Wallock’s poetry is elliptical in nature, incorporating both a soft, steady pace and a great economy of words. His thoughtful writing conjures images and emotions that are not soon forgotten. —Ariana Lyriotakis, Editor of Agave Literary Magazine
Daniel Wallock's debut poetry book. Daniel's work has previously appeared in the following publications: The Bolt Magazine, Burningword Literary Journal, ExFic Online, Forth Magazine, Agave Magazine, Planet Paragraph, Wild Quarterly, The Vending Machine Press, Indie Anthology 2014, Push Pen Press and San Jose State University’s Three Anthology, Whistling Shade Journal, Auric Magazine, One Page Love Story, Epigraph Magazine, and Nevada State College 300 Days of Sun.
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http://www.danielwallock.com/ [close]Giveaway dates: Jun 05 - Jul 05, 20151 copy available, 278 people requestingCountries available: US
by Daniel Wallock (Goodreads Author)
Loving poetry written under a single lamp in a college dorm room.
hello lonesome stars
if you're out there i'm seek…more[close] Loving poetry written under a single lamp in a college dorm room.View Details »
hello lonesome stars
if you're out there i'm seeking
know that i'm seeking
know that i'm dreaming
and know that i'm searching
hello distance– hello [close]Giveaway dates: Jun 05 - Jul 05, 20151 copy available, 328 people requestingCountries available: US
Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning
by Timothy Snyder
Release date: Sep 08, 2015In this epic, landmark work of history, Timothy Snyder draws offers a profoundly original portrait of the Holocaust - and shows the chilling parallels…more[close] In this epic, landmark work of history, Timothy Snyder draws offers a profoundly original portrait of the Holocaust - and shows the chilling parallels between then and now. Drawn from new research and forgotten testimonies.View Details »
"Black Earth is provocative, challenging, and an important addition to our understanding of the Holocaust. As he did in Bloodlands, Timothy Snyder makes us rethink those things we were sure we already knew." —Deborah Lipstadt
In this epic history of extermination and survival, Timothy Snyder presents a new explanation of the great atrocity of the twentieth century, and reveals the risks that we face in the twenty-first. Based on new sources from eastern Europe and forgotten testimonies from Jewish survivors, Black Earth recounts the mass murder of the Jews as an event that is still close to us, more comprehensible than we would like to think, and thus all the more terrifying.
The Holocaust began in a dark but accessible place, in Hitler's mind, with the thought that the elimination of Jews would restore balance to the planet and allow Germans to win the resources they desperately needed. Such a worldview could be realized only if Germany destroyed other states, so Hitler's aim was a colonial war in Europe itself. In the zones of statelessness, almost all Jews died. A few people, the righteous few, aided them, without support from institutions. Much of the new research in this book is devoted to understanding these extraordinary individuals. The almost insurmountable difficulties they faced only confirm the dangers of state destruction and ecological panic. These men and women should be emulated, but in similar circumstances few of us would do so.
By overlooking the lessons of the Holocaust, Snyder concludes, we have misunderstood modernity and endangered the future. The early twenty-first century is coming to resemble the early twentieth, as growing preoccupations with food and water accompany ideological challenges to global order. Our world is closer to Hitler's than we like to admit, and saving it requires us to see the Holocaust as it was -- and ourselves as we are. Groundbreaking, authoritative, and utterly absorbing, Black Earth reveals a Holocaust that is not only history but warning.
A brilliant, haunting, and profoundly original portrait of the defining tragedy of our time. [close]Giveaway dates: Jun 19 - Jul 06, 201520 copies available, 345 people requestingCountries available: US
Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic Into a Compassionate Friend
by Kim Fredrickson
Release date: Jul 07, 2015It’s time to start treating yourself the way you treat others
As children we’re taught to treat others the way we would like to be treated. But as adul…more[close] It’s time to start treating yourself the way you treat othersView Details »
As children we’re taught to treat others the way we would like to be treated. But as adults, we often need to turn that old maxim around. We’re good at showing compassion to other people—but many of us have trouble showing that same compassion to ourselves. We say things to ourselves we would never say to a friend. And all this negative self-talk can have a devastating effect on our lives and relationships.
Licensed marriage and family therapist Kim Fredrickson wants you to stop beating yourself up. Grounding her advice in Scripture, she offers practical steps, specific exercises, and compassionate words to say in order to build a loving relationship with yourself. Through inspiring stories of transformation, she’ll help you learn to show yourself the kind of grace and understanding you offer to others—and to change your relationships, your outlook on life, and your view of yourself in the process.
“Kim Fredrickson guides us back to healthy self-care as the foundation for impacting others. It’s an excellent guide for the journey.”—Dr. Mike Bechtle, speaker, consultant, and author of People Can’t Drive You Crazy If You Don’t Give Them the Keys
“Filled with practical tools and stories of everyday people who successfully learned to treat themselves with care and compassion.”—Georgia Shaffer, PA, licensed psychologist and author of Avoiding the 12 Relationship Mistakes Women Make
“Give Yourself a Break addresses self-hatred and shame in a fresh way and challenges us with a grace-filled approach to seeing our inadequacies and sins.”—Leslie Vernick, licensed counselor, coach, speaker, and author of The Emotionally Destructive Relationship [close]Giveaway dates: Jun 07 - Jul 07, 20155 copies available, 445 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
2 Billion Under 20: How Millennials Are Breaking Down Age Barriers and Changing the World
by Stacey Ferreira, Jared Kleinert, Blake Masters
Release date: Jul 28, 2015"2 Billion Under 20" is a book, online community, and movement inspired by the 2 billion people in the world currently at or under the age of twenty.…more[close] "2 Billion Under 20" is a book, online community, and movement inspired by the 2 billion people in the world currently at or under the age of twenty. We stand for Millennials, Gen Z'ers, and those who want to better understand them and their unique potential. This book shows how we can all act on our passions and make a difference at any age.View Details »
Young entrepreneurs Stacey Ferreira and Jared Kleinert have brought together seventy-five stories from ambitious young people like Paige McKenzie, who started her own YouTube channel at sixteen that now has more than 55 million views; Sam Mikulak, who's represented Team USA in the Olympics and is a seven-time NCAA champion in Men's Gymnastics; Jack Andraka, who developed an early detection test for pancreatic cancer at fifteen; Tallia Storm, a Scottish singer who was discovered by and opened a concert for Elton John, on her way to signing a record deal with Virgin Records; Dau Jok, who escaped civil war in South Sudan to become captain of the University of Pennsylvania's Division 1 basketball team and founder of a nonprofit to help youth in his native country, and many other accomplished and inspiring Millennials from all walks of life.
All of these young people-members of the 2BillionUnder20.com community-have joined forces to show the world how Millennials are taking care of business. Join the movement and change the world. [close]Giveaway dates: Jun 08 - Jul 08, 201520 copies available, 248 people requestingCountries available: US
Death in Florence: The Medici, Savonorola, and the Battle for the Soul of a Renaissance City
by Paul Strathern
Release date: Aug 15, 2015“Strathern combines diligent research with an exemplary narrative verve and keeps the pages turning.” The Financial Times
The home of the Renaissance,…more[close] “Strathern combines diligent research with an exemplary narrative verve and keeps the pages turning.” The Financial TimesView Details »
The home of the Renaissance, Florence thrived under the Medici family, who embodied the progressive humanist spirit of the age. The Medicis were patrons of the arts, giving generously to the likes of Botticelli and Michelangelo, and providing security to a weak city left adrift in a climate of shifting allegiances. But diplomat Lorenzo de’ Medici found his nemesis in Savonarola, an unprepossessing provincial monk, full of Old Testament fury and prophecies of doom. A series of sensational events marked the showdown—invasions, executions, mysterious deaths, and “Bonfires of the Vanities,” where objects condemned as sinful were burned by Savonarola and his followers—and changed history forever.
Between these men erupted a bloody and dramatic battle between Lorenzo the Magnificent and Savonarola for the soul of Renaissance Florence. Was this a clash between ruler and fanatic? Between secular pluralism and repressive extremism? Here, Strathern reveals the paradoxes, self-doubts, and political compromises that made this fifteenth century conflict so important to the history of the Western world.
Praise for Death in Florence
“A vivid tale told in great detail.” —The Times Literary Supplement
“Grips the reader from the first page. It is an arresting and horrifying tale and Strathern tells it with immense skill and verve.” —The New Statesman [close]Giveaway dates: Jun 09 - Jul 09, 20153 copies available, 517 people requestingCountries available: US
The Rechargeables: Eat Move Sleep
by Tom Rath (Goodreads Author), Carlos Aón
Release date: Apr 21, 2015*Signed hardcover* from #1 New York Times bestselling author.
From the co-author of How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids, the book that started a conversa…more[close] *Signed hardcover* from #1 New York Times bestselling author.View Details »
From the co-author of How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids, the book that started a conversation about the importance of positive interactions in schools and homes around the world, comes a timeless story about how to be healthy and create energy in our daily lives. Through a series of brief adventures, Poppy and Simon discover what it takes to recharge themselves and bring an entire village back to life. Based on the research and concepts in Eat Move Sleep, Tom Rath's latest New York Times bestseller, The Rechargeables is about the way small choices have a profound impact on the quality of each day. [close]Giveaway dates: Apr 16 - Jul 10, 20151 copy available, 718 people requestingCountries available: US
Coaching for a Bigger Win: A Playbook for Coaches
by Greg Roeszler
Just in time for summer, "Coaching For a Bigger Win" will be sent to 10 lucky winners!
This book is not about coaching. It's about building character.…more[close] Just in time for summer, "Coaching For a Bigger Win" will be sent to 10 lucky winners!View Details »
This book is not about coaching. It's about building character. That's the bigger win. With Coach Roz, success in life starts on the playing field where kids learn lessons that last a lifetime. The Playmakers summer sports camps change the lives of inner-city kids. Learn Coach Roz's methods so you, too, can coach for that bigger win at home and in school, as well as on the field. Whether you are a coach, a teacher, or a parent build your team while building kids character. Coach Roz gives you 22 easy-to-follow rules for:
- Getting in the game
- Keeping the game in perspective
- Balancing studies with sports
- Building family (especially for single parents)
- Learning to be a responsible citizen
. . . and much more wisdom and practical advice about the real game of life. [close]Giveaway dates: Jun 11 - Jul 11, 201510 copies available, 97 people requestingCountries available: US
Small Town, Big Dreams: A Childhood Journey Through the '80's
by Brett Rotier (Goodreads Author)
Release date: May 15, 2015Nostalgia for our childhood brings us to a time of few responsibilities and the freedom to spend the day riding your bike with your friends around the…more[close] Nostalgia for our childhood brings us to a time of few responsibilities and the freedom to spend the day riding your bike with your friends around the neighborhood. This is a story of summer love, boyhood exploits, and a boy learning from mistakes as told from the memories of the author growing up into a young man. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Jun 11 - Jul 11, 20153 copies available, 125 people requestingCountries available: US
When Infertility Books Are Not Enough: Embracing Hope During Infertility
by Betsy Herman (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jan 19, 2015What do you do with an empty womb and a broken heart? Have you heard yourself say, “I want to get pregnant!” or “Why can’t I get pregnant?” As years o…more[close] What do you do with an empty womb and a broken heart? Have you heard yourself say, “I want to get pregnant!” or “Why can’t I get pregnant?” As years of trying to conceive go by, women read infertility books about the best ways to get pregnant, fertility foods, signs of infertility and tips on how to get pregnant faster. People turn to infertility Christian books for encouragement. Women trying to get pregnant often think about how to have a baby or how to get pregnant. Hopes rise with infertility treatments, eating fertility foods or reading tips to get pregnant on an infertility blog. The causes of infertility in women are often unknown, but while coping with infertility, Betsy has learned ONE THING for sure: God is FOR us, not AGAINST us. While trying to get pregnant she has gained a greater sense of hope.View Details »
This book describes the emotions of trying to conceive, motherhood dreams, long waits, and 4+ years of trying to increase fertility and trying to get pregnant. Similarly to an infertility devotional, in this book the author tells of encouragement that she received along the way that showed her that nothing is impossible with God.
Do you just want to understand infertility? This book will help. Maybe you’re dealing with infertility. If you’re trying to get pregnant or facing infertility treatments and you want more than just info on how to have a baby and how to get pregnant, read about one woman’s journey of having hope when a situation looks hopeless.
Does your desire for motherhood seem impossible? Have your hopes led to disappointment? Are you facing delayed dreams? Do you want to overcome a challenge to your faith?
Maybe you've dreamed of being a mother ever since you were a child, and your dreams remain just that. Maybe you face secondary infertility, and your child does not yet know the joy of growing up with siblings. Or, perhaps you would like to gain some insight into the infertility battle to help someone that you care about.
This is one woman's story. She's happily married, childless, in her mid-30's, and struggling to become pregnant. Here is Betsy's story of the emotional roller coaster called infertility. Despite her pain and disappointment, she began to realize that God is for her and not against her. Throughout her challenging personal journey, Betsy shares her steadfast understanding that God is good, regardless of the circumstances. If you need encouragement in your delayed dreams, then this book is for you. You are not alone!
[close]Giveaway dates: Jun 12 - Jul 12, 20153 copies available, 65 people requestingCountries available: US
Thrive: 30 Inspirational Rags-to-Riches Stories
by Jason Navallo (Goodreads Author)
Thrive: 30 Inspirational Rags-to-Riches Stories shows the power of perseverance to achieve unbelievable success. Follow the stor…more[close] ***AUTOGRAPHED COPY***View Details »
Thrive: 30 Inspirational Rags-to-Riches Stories shows the power of perseverance to achieve unbelievable success. Follow the stories of ordinary people who overcame adversity to become wealthy entrepreneurs, innovative businessmen, and famous artists, including Jim Carrey, Eminem, Vin Diesel, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Charlize Theron, Ellen DeGeneres, Mark Cuban, and Jay Z. Never give up. Thrive. [close]
The Book of Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love, and Work
by Barnet Bain
*FINISHED BOOK GIVEAWAY*
With clarity, humor, and insight, award-winning filmmaker Barnet Bain guides readers to unlock the raw power of the creative s…more[close] *FINISHED BOOK GIVEAWAY*View Details »
With clarity, humor, and insight, award-winning filmmaker Barnet Bain guides readers to unlock the raw power of the creative self. Sharing creativity principles and practices at the leading edge, The Book of Doing and Being offers a life-altering map for stepping beyond what we already know and into a dimension of imagination from which innovation is born.
Known for his inspiring movies and documentaries, as well as his popular creativity workshops, Barnet Bain makes available his teachings for the first time in book form. Discover how will and action come together with imagination and feeling to form the very foundation of creativity by working with this treasury of more than forty transformative exercises. Each one is designed to spark new creative connections by challenging our usual ways of thinking, feeling, and perceiving.
These lessons, tools, and techniques serve to unlock great reservoirs of creativity in every individual, whether it’s jumpstarting or completing a project, launching a new business, creating a work of art, experiencing more fulfilling relationships, or making other dreams come true. Bain’s motivational guidance includes: rewiring your brain to unleash ultra-creativity; finding freedom from self-criticism, perfectionism, and other obstructions to productivity and creative expression; harnessing the two forces of creativity: inspiration and action; discovering your emotions as the doorway to creative aliveness and ingenuity; and heeding the call of your Real Work, regardless of age, education, or experience.
Step by step, you will make the discovery of a lifetime: how to stop being ruled by your past and start consciously creating your present and future. You will be surprised and energized—by your next creative impulse, the next idea that excites you, the next experience that moves you—and you will live a creative life. [close]Giveaway dates: Jun 24 - Jul 13, 20155 copies available, 286 people requestingCountries available: US
Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad
by Martin W. Sandler
Release date: Sep 08, 2015Upper Middle-Grade, Galley
Experience the race of rails to link the country—and meet the men behind this incredible feat—in a riveting story about the…more[close] Upper Middle-Grade, GalleyView Details »
Experience the race of rails to link the country—and meet the men behind this incredible feat—in a riveting story about the building of the transcontinental railroad, brought to life with archival photos.
In the 1850s, gold fever swept the West, but people had to walk, sail, or ride horses for months on end to seek their fortune. The question of faster, safer transportation was posed by national leaders. But with 1,800 miles of seemingly impenetrable mountains, searing deserts, and endless plains between the Missouri River and San Francisco, could a transcontinental railroad be built? It seemed impossible. Eventually, two railroad companies, the Central Pacific, which laid the tracks eastward, and the Union Pacific, which moved west, began the job. In one great race between iron men with iron wills, tens of thousands of workers blasted the longest tunnels that had ever been constructed, built the highest bridges that had ever been created, and finally linked the nation by two bands of steel, changing America forever. [close]Giveaway dates: Jun 15 - Jul 15, 20158 copies available, 321 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
Not Really Gone
by Blaire Sharpe
“Ten copies of Blaire Sharpe’s book, Not Really Gone, will be given away to lucky contestants.”
In every family there is a rock--the person that kee…more[close] “Ten copies of Blaire Sharpe’s book, Not Really Gone, will be given away to lucky contestants.”View Details »
In every family there is a rock--the person that keeps things together. In Blaire Sharpe's family, that rock was her grandmother. As she shares the inspiring story of her relationship with her grandmother, Blaire expands on the notion of what it means to be loved, to be devoted and the essence of being a mother.
Not Really Gone is the story of the undying love a grandmother gave her granddaughter, revealing how the bond between them grew stronger as they bravely faced life's challenges together--a love that inspired Blaire to carry on and become the rock in her own family.
The Herd from 93rd
by William Scalin (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 02, 2015
Win (3) autographed paperback copies of the highly reviewed "The Herd from 93rd" by William Scalin.
The book spans six decades from the turn of the cen…more[close]View Details »
Win (3) autographed paperback copies of the highly reviewed "The Herd from 93rd" by William Scalin.
The book spans six decades from the turn of the century til the late sixties.
The realization of the importance of family and friends comes to light by following young William on his quest for an adventurous and sometimes a dangerous life. Contrast that to his paternal grandparents who were slain by the Mafia and his parents and maternal grandparents who had to survive a hardscrabble life in Pittsburgh during the Great Depression.
After World War II, his parents then moved the family to the East 93rd Street area in Cleveland,Ohio. There,a young William began his quest to get into all sorts of mischief, jumping from one garage to another, before spiraling out of control jumping from one bar to another with his new found friends,"The Herd from 93rd." Eventually jumping on a plane to Vietnam where a surprise awaited him.
The group of guys from the neighborhood were known affectionately by the neighborhood girls as “The Herd from 93rd.” Guys like Wild Bill Gambel (who fell into a open and running cement mixer) Crazy Ralph (who called the Pope for bicycle insurance), Teddy the cop (who accidentally shot and killed a fellow officer)so many others, equally as interesting and entertaining. Stories so tragic, heartwarming, miraculous and at times so humorous you'll find yourself laughing out loud.Inside "The Herd from 93rd" you find true stories you'll never find anywhere else and will want to pass down to younger family members who hadn't had the chance to experience the tumultuous sixties.
[close]Giveaway dates: Jun 24 - Jul 15, 20153 copies available, 171 people requestingCountries available: US
Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon
by Ed Caesar
Release date: Jul 16, 2015Two Hours by Ed Caesar - the quest to run the impossible marathon
'The marathon tethers runners to their own personal narratives. It is a question of h…more[close] Two Hours by Ed Caesar - the quest to run the impossible marathonView Details »
'The marathon tethers runners to their own personal narratives. It is a question of how you grow. Nothing but your own body will sustain you; everything you have done in your life until the moment you cross the finishing line is connected to the effort'
Two hours, to cover 26 miles and 385 yards. It is running's Everest, a feat once seen as impossible for the human body. But now we can glimpse the mountain-top.
The sub-two hour marathon will require an exceptional feat of speed, mental strength and endurance. The pioneer will have to endure more, live braver, plan better, and be luckier than his forbearers. So who is he?
In this spellbinding book, Ed Caesar takes us into the world of the elite of the elite: the greatest marathoners on earth. Through the stories of these rich characters, and their troubled lives, he traces the history of the marathon as well as the science, physiology and psychology involved in running so fast, for so long. And he shows us why this most democratic of races retains its savage, enthralling appeal - why we are drawn to test ourselves to the limit.
'I didn't think any book could make me interested in marathon running. Two Hours did that and much more. Ed Caesar's in depth reporting explores one of sport's ultimate questions: is there a final human boundary and, if so, where? A terrific book: elegant, engaging and rewarding'
Ed Smith, former England cricketer and author of Luck
'Ed Caesar's treatment of the near-mythical two-hour marathon is both implacably scientific and wonderfully reverential. As a former marathoner I deeply appreciate both. The prose hums along effortlessly and the topic is one of the most profound there is: the absolute limits of human performance. Reading a book that combines those two things is one of the great pleasures in life'
Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm and War
Ed Caesar is a 35 year-old British non-fiction writer. His stories have been published by The New York Times, GQ, the Sunday Times, and the Smithsonian Magazine. The winner of nine major journalism awards - including a British Press Award, PPA Writer of the Year, and the 2014 Foreign Press Award for Journalist of the Year - his subjects have included conflict in central Africa, the world's longest tennis match, and tracking down stolen art. Two Hours is his first book. [close]Giveaway dates: Jun 06 - Jul 16, 201510 copies available, 67 people requestingCountries available: GB
Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life
by Tom Rath (Goodreads Author)
Release date: May 05, 2015"Arguably Rath's best...as profound as it is practical."-Dan Pink
The latest national bestseller from Tom Rath, author of 6 best sellers & over 6 m…more[close] "Arguably Rath's best...as profound as it is practical."-Dan PinkView Details »
The latest national bestseller from Tom Rath, author of 6 best sellers & over 6 million copies sold. Are You Fully Charged? reveals the three keys that matter most for our daily well-being, as well as our engagement in our work. Drawing on the latest and most practical research from business, psychology, and economics, this book focuses on changes we can make to create better days for ourselves and others. Are You Fully Charged? will challenge you to stop pursuing happiness and start creating meaning instead, lead you to rethink your daily interactions with the people who matter most, and show you how to put your own health first in order to be your best every day. [close]Giveaway dates: May 17 - Jul 17, 20151 copy available, 609 people requestingCountries available: US
Bosworth 1485: The Battle that Transformed England
by Michael K. Jones
Release date: Sep 15, 2015“An entirely new analysis of Bosworth. A lively read.” —BBC History Magazine
On August 22, 1485, at Bosworth Field, Richard III fell, the Wars of the R…more[close] “An entirely new analysis of Bosworth. A lively read.” —BBC History MagazineView Details »
On August 22, 1485, at Bosworth Field, Richard III fell, the Wars of the Roses ended, and the Tudor dynasty began. The clash is so significant because it marks the break between medieval and modern; yet how much do we really know about this historical landmark?
Michael Jones uses archival discoveries to show that Richard III's defeat was by no means inevitable and was achieved only through extraordinary chance. He relocates the battle away from the site recognized for more than 500 years. With startling detail of Henry Tudor's reliance on French mercenaries, plus a new account of the battle itself, the author turns Shakespeare on its head, painting an entirely fresh picture of the dramatic life and death of Richard III, England's most infamous monarch.
Advance Praise for Bosworth 1485
“An exciting reinterpretation that transforms our understanding of what happened on that fateful day.” —A. J. Pollard, PhD, author of The Wars of the Roses
“Most exciting. A remarkable tale. Extraordinary.” —The Guardian
“An insightful and rich study of the Battle of Bosworth. No longer need Richard play the villain.” —Times Literary Supplement [close]Giveaway dates: Jun 17 - Jul 17, 20153 copies available, 392 people requestingCountries available: US
Gods of the Morning: A Bird's-Eye View of a Changing World
by John Lister-Kaye
Release date: Aug 15, 2015“I love this book. No one writes more movingly, or with such transporting poetic skill, about encounters with wild creatures.” —Helen Macdonald, New Y…more[close] “I love this book. No one writes more movingly, or with such transporting poetic skill, about encounters with wild creatures.” —Helen Macdonald, New York Times bestselling author of H is for HawkView Details »
Gods of the Morning follows the year through the turning of the seasons at Aigas, the Highlands estate John Lister-Kaye has transformed into a world-renowned wildlife center. John's affection, wisdom and lyricism sings off every page, bringing the natural world around him to life: from the rookery filled with twenty-nine nests and distinct bird calls to descriptions of the winter morning light, from the wood mice and the squirrels preparing for winter to tracking a fox's path through the snow. In particular it brings John's lifelong love of birds—his gods of the morning—to the fore.
In the Highland glens, bird numbers plummet as their food supplies—natural fruits and every kind of creeping, crawling, slithering or flying bug—begin to disappear. Not just the swallows and house martins have vanished from round the houses. Gone are the insect snatching wheatears, whinchats and stonechats from the hills, and redstarts and flycatchers have fled the woods. Pied wagtails no longer flicker across the lawns and sandpipers and grey wagtails have deserted the river banks. Farmland and hedgerow species have vanished in the night: the linnets, yellowhammers, and all the warblers have decamped from the thickets.
By the first frosts the hills will have emptied down to a few hardy stalwarts such as the golden eagles, the raven and the irrepressible hooded crows. Silence settles across the land. The few species that are left frequent a changed world. Soon only the buzzards and wood pigeons will hang on in the woods and the coniferous forests will be host to flocks of chaffinches, tits, siskins, and crossbills passing through.
Praise for Gods of the Morning
“A quiet but rousing call to action for anyone who loves the natural world and wants to help preserve it.” —Sunday Telegraph
“Exquisitely observed and deeply evocative, Gods of the Morning is a joyful affirmation of the changing seasons, the wonders of wildlife, and the value of living close to nature. Generous, poetic, and wise.” —Patrick Barkham, author of Badgerlands
“A triumph in nature writing.” —Tristan Gooley, author of The Natural Navigator [close]Giveaway dates: Jun 17 - Jul 17, 20153 copies available, 249 people requestingCountries available: US
How to Look Hot & Feel Amazing in Your 40s: The 21-Day Age-Defying Diet, Exercise & Everything Makeover Plan
by Monica Lee (Goodreads Author)
Release date: May 12, 2015If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, How to Look Hot & Feel Amazing in Your 40s: The 21-Day Age-Defying Diet, Exercise & Everyth…more[close] If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, How to Look Hot & Feel Amazing in Your 40s: The 21-Day Age-Defying Diet, Exercise & Everything Makeover Plan is just the jump-start you need. Or maybe you’re staring down a big event like a class reunion or a big wedding. This plan is for you, too.View Details »
A little bit health-and-fitness memoir, a little bit inspiration, a little bit cookbook, this 184-page makeover plan comes with daily checklists to help you address every inch of your gorgeous self. Adapt each day in this doable plan to suit your body, your means, your tastes. You’ll look and feel your absolute best after 21 days and be ready to circulate your confident self among all your adoring fans—friends, we mean friends!
This beautiful full-color book retails for $34.95, and you can get a copy for free by entering this giveaway (it’s available as a Kindle e-book, too, not quite as good as free but almost).
Who is Monica Lee to be writing a beauty book? She’s not a model or a movie star. Her biggest claims to fame are that she once introduced new scrapbooking products to convention halls of screaming women, and she wrote a memoir, The Percussionist’s Wife: A Memoir of Sex, Crime & Betrayal. She’s pretty much standard issue in the beauty department. She does, however, encounter people all the time who guess her age to be younger—sometimes much younger—than she really is. Lee shares her formula for being healthier, stronger and hotter in this step-by-step plan she herself used to recapture her youth.
If you’re a woman who grew up in the age of big hair and Bonne Bell lip gloss, this book was written just for you. If you just a little bit younger or a little bit older, you’ll find good advice and inspiration here, too.
[close]Giveaway dates: Jun 15 - Jul 19, 20155 copies available, 189 people requestingCountries available: US
A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet: My Grandfather's SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth
by Rita Gabis
Release date: Sep 08, 2015Enter to win an advance copy of this searing memoir from poet Rita Gabis.
In prose as beautiful as it is powerful, Rita Gabis follows the trail of her…more[close] Enter to win an advance copy of this searing memoir from poet Rita Gabis.View Details »
In prose as beautiful as it is powerful, Rita Gabis follows the trail of her grandfather's collaboration with the Nazis - a trail riddled with secrets, slaughter, mystery, and discovery. [close]Giveaway dates: Jun 20 - Jul 20, 201510 copies available, 175 people requestingCountries available: US
Exploring Catholic Theology: Essays on God, Liturgy, and Evangelization
by Robert E. Barron
Release date: Jul 21, 2015Robert Barron is one of the Catholic Church's premier theologians and author of the influential The Priority of Christ. In this volume, Barron sets fo…more[close] Robert Barron is one of the Catholic Church's premier theologians and author of the influential The Priority of Christ. In this volume, Barron sets forth a thoroughgoing vision for an evangelical catholic theology that is steeped in the tradition and engaged with the contemporary world. Striking a balance between academic rigor and accessibility, the book covers issues of perennial interest in the twenty-first-century church: who God is, how to rightly worship him, and how his followers engage contemporary culture. Topics include the doctrine of God, Catholic theology, philosophy, liturgy, and evangelizing the culture. This work will be of special interest to readers concerned about the so-called "new atheism." [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Jun 08 - Jul 21, 20152 copies available, 208 people requestingCountries available: US
Divine Sex: A Compelling Vision for Christian Relationships in a Hypersexualized Age
by Jonathan Grant
Release date: Jul 21, 2015The digital revolution has ushered in a series of sexual revolutions, all contributing to a perfect storm for modern relationships. Online dating, soc…more[close] The digital revolution has ushered in a series of sexual revolutions, all contributing to a perfect storm for modern relationships. Online dating, social media, internet pornography, and the phenomenon of the smartphone generation have created an avalanche of change with far-reaching consequences for sexuality today. The church has struggled to address this new moral ecology because it has focused on clarity of belief rather than quality of formation. The real challenge for spiritual formation lies in addressing the underlying moral intuitions we carry subconsciously, which are shaped by the convictions of our age.View Details »
In this book, a fresh new voice offers a persuasive Christian vision of sex and relationships, calling young adults to faithful discipleship in a hypersexualized world. Drawing from his pastoral experience with young people and from cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines, Jonathan Grant helps Christian leaders understand the cultural forces that make the church’s teaching on sex and relationships ineffective in the lives of today’s young adults. He also sets forth pastoral strategies for addressing the underlying fault lines in modern sexuality.[close]