Thursday, May 21, 2009

Book Giveaway!

****Contest is closed, winner announced below****

My poor impulse control is resulting in a giveaway! We went to a used bookstore today, which is one of my all time greatest pleasures. I looooove bookstores in general; the smell, the look of all those beautiful books lined up together, the sound of rustled pages turning.....and used bookstores have the added bonus of a sense of discovery and treasure-hunting.....you never know what you'll turn up in a used bookstore. Oh, on a side note, if you are ever in Denver, do yourself a favor and visit the Tattered Cover bookstore. There are several locations but I like the one downtown, across from the train station, the best. It's truly a reader's delight.

I find it hard to not buy books, especially when they're such a bargain (used book store!!!), but Justin is becoming a little frantic about our book situation. We desperately need more bookshelves, as the ones we have are stuffed full and overflowing. It's driving him nuts. I knew if I came home with an armload of new (used) books he'd wince. So I kept myself to one cookbook and one Colorado "off the beaten path" guidebook, and the others I bought with the purpose of giving them away to one of you! I win, because I got to buy books and feed my addiction, and you win, because someone is gonna get three new (used) books!

Here's what you win:

One person will win used (but in very good condition), hardcover copies of

Jacques Pepin's Table
"Low on drudgery, high on joie de vivre, Jacques Pepin's Table showcases Pepin's inimitable cooking and teaching style, presenting more than three hundred recipes from all three seasons of the popular Today's Gourmet series, along with complete menu and wine suggestions, and more than a hundred instructional tips and techniques on everything from butterflying chicken breasts or peeling asparagus to freezing and then baking a souffle. A nutritional analysis is provided for each dish, as are comments on the nutritional value of various ingredients. Gorgeous food photography and hundreds of Pepin's own delightful drawings are interspersed."


The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
"Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor," and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of — a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

The letters provide links to one of the darkest powers that humanity has ever known — and to a centuries-long quest to find the source of that darkness and wipe it out. It is a quest for the truth about Vlad The Impaler, the medieval ruler whose barbarous reign formed the basis of the legend of Dracula. Generations of historians have risked their reputations, their sanity, and even their lives to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herself — to follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin years ago, when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive.

"

The Mapmaker's Wife by Robert Whitaker

"A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon

The year is 1735. A decade-long expedition to South America is launched by a team of French scientists racing to measure the circumference of the earth and to reveal the mysteries of a little-known continent to a world hungry for discovery and knowledge. From this extraordinary journey arose an unlikely love between one scientist and a beautiful Peruvian noblewoman. Victims of a tangled web of international politics, Jean Godin and Isabel Gramesón’s destiny would ultimately unfold in the Amazon’s unforgiving jungles, and it would be Isabel’s quest to reunite with Jean after a calamitous twenty-year separation that would capture the imagination of all of eighteenth-century Europe. A remarkable testament to human endurance, female resourcefulness, and enduring love, Isabel Gramesón’s survival remains unprecedented in the annals of Amazon exploration."

How can you get your mitts on these books? Easy peasy! Just leave a comment on this post telling me what you are currently reading, or the book you last read. I'll close comments at noon mountain time on May 26th and I'll have random.org pick a winner. I'll email the winner (so leave your email in your comment!!) and they will have 48 hours to get back to me, if they don't, random.org will draw a new winner. One comment per person, and entry is limited to those with US shipping addresses. Good luck and happy reading!

******Thank you so much to everyone who participate! I had a blast, and loved finding out about what you all are reading. And now, the winner is........entry #59, Angela!

81 comments:

Jess said...

They all sound really great!! The last book I read well re-read was The Summer House by Nora Roberts lmao maybe. It's a good no thinking involved book. Not really a romance at all.
I'm currently re-reading Peachtree Road by Anne Rivers Siddons. I liked it a lot before and found it in my attic yesterday and decided to give it another go.
I need some new reading material. :)

Kim said...

I'm reading The Host, by Stephanie Myers, right now. It's not so intriguing.. which is SO disappointing considering I was a Twilight fan!!!

Tiffani said...

The last book I read was Water for Elephants. It was alright to me.


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Lifestooshort said...

I am currently reading Shades of Justice by Fredrick Huebner, it's a really good book so far :)

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fidget said...

I just finished up Mystery At cardwell ranch - which is totally a Harlequin novel! *blush* I got it free when I went to moms night out and it was NOT like what I remember Harlequinns to be like. only 1 or two "scenes" and not very uhh descriptive. It was actually a decent book- surprised the hell out of me!

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Michael said...

Right now I'm reading "Duel" about Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. If anyone things politics is dirty today, read this book. Thomas Jefferson was downright vicious.

mverno said...

i just read just take my heart by mary higgins mverno@roadrunner.com

cdziuba said...

I just finished "Paws of Katrina", a book about the animal rescues after Hurricane Katrina. Amazing, heartwarming, and heartbreaking.

Pat said...

The last book I read was Angels and Demons since I was planning on seeing the film. I hope the film is just as good.

traymona said...

I've been rereading books from my Stephen king collection. I just finished with Bag of Bones and I'm now rereading Rose Madder.
traymona[at]aol.com

george ferris said...

I just got done reading War And Peace.
george Ferris
littlegeorgie56@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I just read LOOK AGAIN by Lisa Scottoline and could not put it down.

evilactionfigure said...

Thank you for doing this giveaway.
I'm currently reading Dead Untril Dark by Charlene Harris.

Anonymous said...

I am currently reading The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall. It is set in China in the late 20s. I enjoy period pieces. I have recently read Spade & Archer, a prequel to The Maltese Falcon. The book was great fun and prompted me to re-read Falcon.

I have also recently read The Englishman's Daughter. It is a novelized true story about a British soldier in WWI who spent most of the war hiding behind enemy lines in a french village.

Terry and I are both suckers for books and bookstores. That is part of the reason we have full bookshelves and books in boxes in the basement.

We were in Portland in March and made our pilgrimage to Powell Books, truly one of the great bookstores in the world.

As usual, we bought so many books we had to have them shipped.

5webs said...

I am reading No Time To Lose by Pema Chodron. I have read it before, but I wanted to read it again.
Alicia Webster
5webs@comcast.net

Angel said...

They all sound like great books. I recently re-read Jane Austen's Seven Novels *except the last one* and I have been looking through and old Sherlock Holmes book that I found in my sister's old stuff.

robin_titan said...

I recently finished reading Secrets to Happiness by Sarah Dunn. I liked it quite a bit :)

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ky2here said...

I am dumbfounded by Chuck Palahniuk's 'Pygmy'. What a scathing skewering of the religious right and their beloved imaginary friend.

shannon said...

I am currently reading Robin Cook's Vector.

gillhome said...

I am currently reading The Girls from Ames, by Jeffrey Zaslow.

Amber said...

I am currently reading The Girl Who Stopped Swimming and I love it!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Anonymous said...

Mary
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

We are two peas in a pod, as I LOVE used book stores - it's like entering a beloved old world.
Typically, I have more than one book in process of being read (or re-read) and I keep a stack of books by my bed. Right now I'm reading:
The Holographic Universe
House of the Seven Gables
Analog 1971
and who knows what else lol

PS I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to read "THE HISTORIAN" - that sounds right up my alley!

Renee G said...

I just finished Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sadaris (this morning). I think I'll probably read a historical fiction book that I have on Signorita Davinci next.

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purplegengar said...

Currently reading The Good, The Bad and The Undead

Paige said...

My daughter and I have been reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books together.

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cookiert said...

I'm currently reading Three Cups of Tea. It's better than I thought it would be.

clc408 said...

I'm currently reading Day of the Dead by J.A. Jance. It's OK, but not my favorite. Thanks for the chance. I'm looking for some new books for the beach.

sherri419 said...

It is so funny that you said you love the smell of books. When I go into a bookstore, the first thing I do it take a big whiff. I love the way bookstores smell! Heaven! I am reading Girls in Trucks right now. Great book! The giveaway books sound great, especially The Historian. Thanks for the chance!

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Marshelle said...

I am just about finished with Kushiel's Justice by Carey. Unless she returns to the series, just one more to go (Kushiel's Mercy).

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Jenn S. said...

The am currently reading Little Women with my daughter.

Deedles said...

I just finished The Master of Blacktower by Barbara Michaels.I really enjoyed it.
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LittleEagle said...

I have just started reading True Detectives by Jonathan Kellerman. sharonaquilino(at)hotmail(dot)com

jennem said...

Right now I'm finishing up the three-book series by Jeanne Marie Laskas, the last being "Growing Girls." I absolutely love it, so engaging!
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

heatherzilla said...

i am reading the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlene Harris.

mensa63 said...

While I do not read much fiction nowadays any book by Pepin is a mighty draw. The man is probably one of only half a dozen chefs in the world with such great talent. I am currently reading God's War by Christopher Tyerman, a new history of the Crusades including new information gleaned over the past 50 years.

Julieh said...

I am currently reading The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

Pam said...

I'm currently reading the "Constant Princess" by Phillipa Gregory. Thanks.

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mgster said...

I am almost through with "The Russian Concubine". LOVE IT!
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Tina12312 said...

The last book I read was Stephen King's Duma Key, I loved it! Thank you!

Carlene said...

I am currently read Dog On it by Specer Quinn. It is really funny and cute. The best book I have read lately is Dispatches from the Edge by Anderson Cooper. It was so great, I could not put it down. I love those kinds of books. Please include me in your giveaway. I would love to win Jacques Pepin's Table. I love cook books with tecniques.
Thanks
Carlene
iluvreading(at)verizon.net

Anonymous said...

It's an old Russian book: The twelve chairs. It is hilarious.
Thank you for the giveaway!
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CinemaSista said...

I am half way through with the last Twilight book Breaking Dawn. =) These books sound great!

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Sarah Z said...

I haven't read anything lately but I have Twilight and the next Sherrilyn Kenyon book sitting here that I need to read!
Thanks
Sarah
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K. Cleaver said...

I'm currently reading The 8th Confession by James Patterson. I'll probably finish it up tomorrow.

37 Questions said...

Wow, what a great load of books!

I'm currently reading Hold Tight by Harlan Coben - it's pretty good. I like his stuff.

janetfaye said...

I am currently reading, Girls In Trucks.

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Kelly F said...

I just finished reading The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. It is a very moving story, I like it a lot. I heard that they are making it into a movie, so that should be interesting!

wordsmoveme at gmail dot com

mindy said...

i am in the middle of finishing up a book on the american presidents thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

ellie said...

I am reading The Cemetery Dance by Lincoln/Childs right now. I love the series.
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Andria said...

I just started reading Catch 22.

sachidewey said...

I am just finishing up The Corpse in the Snowman, an old school British mystery by Cecil Day-Lewis.

darlanpaulsmamma said...

I am about half way through James Patterson's Double Cross

Bev said...

I am currently reading Not Becoming My Mother: And Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way by Ruth Reichl.

kathy55439 said...

I am re-reading Money A Memoir by Liz Perzle great book for women about money Really make you think. I reread it when ever I start spending to much money or forget why I moved to start with a fresh slant

chromiumman said...

i'm currently re-reading the moon is a harsh mistress by robert heinlein

vboackle said...

i used to read alot and have gotten away from it.this would get me going again.

AICORP said...

I'm currently reading The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia

gaby317 said...

I just finished "A Dog About Town" by J.F. Englert and really enjoyed it. Highly recommended if you like unusual detective stories.

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

Angela said...

I'm currently reading Home Outside by Julie Moir Messervy. I'm trying to get some ideas on what to do with my backyard!
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jayne said...

I am reading Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris-it is wonderful!

Jinxy and Me said...

I'm currently reading "The Gilded Chamber",but I don't remember the author!

Darcy said...

They all sound like interesting reads! I just started reading a book I bought at a garage sale today called "The Partner" by John Grisham.

Thank you for the giveaway!

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liliesrnice said...

i am reading The House Without a Key the original Charlie Chan book by Earl Derr Biggers

Claire said...

I'm reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman.. loving how he's using mythology :)

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Couture Lady said...

I am reading The Little Red book.
It is really interesting.

sharon said...

outcasts united, a really good nonfiction book about a soccer team, the fugees, in Clarkston GA, all comprised of refugees...
it's well written and uplifting..

lilyk said...

I'm currently reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

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Roseann K. said...

I'm currently reading Candyland by Candy Spelling. It's a wonderful insight on a commonly mistaken celebrity.

Diana D said...

My husband is currently reading Did Man Create God? by David E. Comings. These would be great summer reading material. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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sue14625 said...

i have read the HISTORIAN i am reading currently the complete JANE AUSTEN tough going but very good

purango said...

I am readng Face of Betrayal (A Triple Threat Novel) by Lis Wiehl. garrettsambo@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I just finished Tuesdays With Morrie! I know I am a little behind but the book was a quick read and worthwhile. I am starting Might As Well Laugh About It Now by Marie Osmond today (a Mother's Day gift from my daughter)! Love to read and collect Cook Books!Thank you for this giveaway!
Barbara Rawe
tykelly1@yahoo.com

Helen said...

I love Tattered Cover and make it a point to visit when I'm in Denver!

I just finished The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8. Lee.

Anonymous said...

I am currently reading A Purpose Driven Life and I just finished Circle of Quilters.

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mom2anutball said...

Right now Im reading The Host, by Stephanie Meyer. Im having a hard time getting into it though, I keep comparing it to the Twilight series, and I shouldn't! I have heard great reviews, I just hope I can keep reading it lol!
Thanks for the chance!
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Jennifer said...

I just got done reading Dog On It which is a mystery novel told from the dogs viewpoint, I really enjoyed it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Gianna said...

The Time Machine did it :)

Kathy said...

I just finished reading a silly romance so I won't put that down. I have "Sundays at Tiffany's" by James Patterson on the top of my pile of books to read. I guess that one is next unless I can win on of your books. Thanks for the giveaway.
Where do you buy your bookshelves?

kathy pease said...

i just finished reading shadow of death by philip ginsberg

quelleheure4 said...

I just finished The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and I am starting one called Blood Bayou.
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shannons said...

I just finished a Robert Barnard (The Skeleton Key) and am reading a James W. Hall (Hell's Bay)