Monday, August 9, 2010

Mailbox Monday and GIVEAWAY

Two book came into my mailbox last week, in time for Mailbox Monday. Chick Loves Lit is the host this month.

The first book is one I had my eye on and am pleased as punch to get from the Oregon State University Press:

Discovering Main Street: Travel Adventures in Small Towns of the Northwest by Foster Church.  I am lucky to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and I love exploring small towns.  This would be the travel book I wrote myself if I had time and talent.

The second book is one that came to me unsolicited from the publisher:

The Opposite Field by Jesse Katz.

This memoir by a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist is generating some real buzz and great reviews. It is a father's story about his relationship with his son, centered around their baseball-playing times together.

It looks like it would be very, very good.

BUT I AM GIVING MY COPY AWAY TO A GOOD BLOG HOME.  My hope is that it will go to someone who will enjoy it and REVIEW it. Not that I don't think it is a good book and would be worth reading, but my Guilt List is already long and, honestly, if it involves wheels or balls, I am just not interested.


The contest is open until Sunday, August 15, 2010. To enter, do any or all of the following, but you must leave a comment for each one:

1. Leave a comment on this post. You must include a way to contact you (email or website address in your comment or available in your profile). If I can't find a way to contact you I will draw another winner. (1 entry)

2. Blog about this giveaway. (Posting the giveaway on your sidebar is also acceptable.) Leave a separate comment with a link to your post. (1 entry)

3. Subscribe to my rss feed, follow me on blogger, or subscribe via email (or tell me if you already are a subscriber or follower). Leave a separate comment for this. (1 entry)

4. Tweet this post on Twitter. Leave me a separate comment with your twitter user name. (1 entry)

5. Stumble this blog, digg it, technorati fave it, or link it on facebook. Leave a separate comment. (1 entry)

There are a lot of ways to enter (maximum of five entries), but you must LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT for each one or they will not count. I will use to pick the winners from the comments.

This contest is open to entries from the U.S. and Canada only, no PO Boxes. The deadline for entry is midnight in your time zone, next Sunday, August 15, 2010. I will draw and post the winner's name on Monday, August 16, 2010.


  1. You are right! And not only do I like memoirs, I also like sports books! I read a couple of good reviews of this one, so I have my fingers crossed. Thanks for letting me know! I haven't been reading my blogs for a couple of days because I found out late last week that my job is being eliminated (boo). On the plus side, I'll very soon have a lot of time to read! In case you don't have it my email is carinsiegfried at earthlink dot net.

  2. Love the avatar for Mailbox Monday.

    Good luck to everyone for your giveaway and enjoy your books, especially Discovering Main Street.

    Interestingly enough I think we all have a Guilt List. Some more than others but I admire what you're doing. Best of luck :)

    Happy reading!

  3. The travel book sounds fabulous! Growing up in the PNW I'd be intrigued to find out what towns they highlight! Looking forward to your review!

  4. While The Opposite Field awaits a new home, I just wanted to emphasize the Rose City connection: A good portion of the story recounts my childhood in Portland, and more significantly, my relationship with my mom, Vera Katz. You'll find quite a bit more than balls and strikes.

  5. Both your books look good, please enter me in your giveaway. irene undersore now at (no spaces) Thanks.

  6. The books look good. I'm going to skip your giveaway, though, because my guilt list is even longer than yours.

  7. Enjoy your new book! I'm also going to skip the giveaway, I'm trying to catch up with all the books I own...I hope it finds a good home. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. Love you calling it the Guilt List. LOL.

    And I also relate to you saying that is the travel book you'd write yourself. I often think that kind of thing!

    I think that's a book that my husband and I could enjoy together, so go ahead and put me in for the giveaway.

    My book blog: 5 Minutes for Books

  9. Oh that sounds so tempting but my cup runneth over with books...LOL I do wish you success with the giveaway though : )

  10. I have read a few good reviews of this book. I really enjoy memoirs and would love to read one about a father & son, it will be the first for me.

    Thank you for offering this book in a giveaway!

    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

  11. No need to enter me in the giveaway, but I did blog it for you. Hope you enjoy the first book! I love the Pacific Northwest!

  12. No need to enter me in the contest, I just wanted to drop in and say thanks for visiting! I love to explore small towns, too!

  13. No need to enter me in the contest... I have a growing TBR pile too although it does sound like an interesting book. Just stopping by for Mailbox Monday.

  14. Both of these books look interesting, but not for me!

    Have a good reading week :-).

  15. Rose...I appreciate your giveaway, but like you balls and bases and scores don't excite me. LOL

    I'll pass on this, but I'm glad I got a chance to visit your blog. Thanks for stopping by mine. I'll be back.

  16. Sounds right up my alley. I love baseball.

  17. I love reading memoirs and I also love baseball. I would love a chance to read this.

  18. I am also a follower via GFC


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