Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mailbox Monday and GIVEAWAY

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! I also have a new GIVEAWAY this week and three winners of last week's giveaway.  Keep reading through the post to find all the goodies.

It has been a lot of fun to host MM in January.  Next week, MM moves to the Library of Clean Reads for February.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!
Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring meme (details here).

Please leave the link to your Mailbox Monday post with Mr. Linky. If you do not have a blog, leave your mailbox list in a comment.


I had three copies of JOYRIDE: Pedaling Toward A Healthier Planet By Mia Birk with Joe "Metal Cowboy" Kurmaskie (published by Cadence Press). These are finished books, not ARCS.

THE BOOK: This is the inspiring story of pioneering transportation leader Mia Birk's 20-year crusade to integrate bicycling into daily life. With a table scrap of funding, Mia led a revolution that grew Portland, Oregon into the #1 American cycling city. Mia then hit the road, helping make communities across the nation -- even her hometown of Dallas, Texas -- more human, healthy, safe, and livable. While many books today extol the pain of our world's problems, Mia's funny, touching Joyride is the antidote, offering hope to any and everyone interested in changing our world, one pedal stroke at a time.

Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to the winners!  I will contact you shortly.


This week, I am giving away an ARC of Bering Sea Blues: A Crabber's Tale of Fear in the Icy North by Joe Upton.  Thanks again go to Mary Bisbee-Beek, an incredibly diligent book publicist, for providing the bounty.

THE BOOK:  This is a white knuckle memoir of a winter season of king crab fishing in the Bering Sea, with relentless 12 to 14 hour days of setting and hauling the pots to catch the crab and searching for elusive pockets on the ocean floor that can yield as much as 70 tons of crab. For the lucky ones there were financial rewards; for others, surviving was the reward. And in the quiet moments, there is reflection on the rich history of the North Pacific, the spectacular empitness of Alaska's remote southwest coast, and nature's maelstrom on the meanest sea on earth.

Joe Upton is a fisherman, journalist, and the author of five books on Alaska. The book is published by Epicenter Press.

THE RULES: The contest is open until Sunday, February 6, 2011. 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. The deadline for entry is 9:00 PM, Pacific Time, on Sunday, February 6, 2011. I will draw and post the winner's name in my Mailbox Monday post for February 7, 2011.


I got two book last week, both in my mailbox. Mary Bisbee-Beek sent me this one, also distributed by Epicenter Press:

Sunken Klondike Gold: How a Lost Fortune Inspired an Ambitious Effort to Raise the S.S. Islander by Leonard H. Delano.

Even though this is adding to my Guilt List and therefore violating my New Year's reading resolution, I am happy to get it.  For one thing, it looks pretty good and is full of cool pictures and drawings.  But better yet, my husband's face lit up like a kid at Christmas when he saw it.  It is so up his alley.

Oregon State University Press sent me an ARC of the soon-to-be-released Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica by Noah Strycker.

As fascinating as this looks -- and it really does -- and as much as I liked that penguin movie with the little baby penguins, I'm going to stick with my resolution on this one and will be passing it on to someone who will get to it sooner than I will.

2010 Battle of the Prizes, American Version: Wrap-Up Post

The 2010 Battle of the Prizes, American Version, ends on January 31, 2011.  The 2011 challenge starts February 1.

Thanks to everyone who participated! I hope you sign up for the 2011 challenge.

This challenge pitted winners of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction against the winners of the National Book Award in the American Version of the Battle of the Prizes.

Participants could read three books or four -- either one Pulitzer winner, one National winner, and one that won both prizes; or two Pulitzer and two National winners.

In theory, the idea was to compare the prizes and the winners, but in practice (at least for me), the point was to read, and hopefully enjoy, three or four books and then scratch them off my lists.


Rose City Reader
chaotic compendiums (read her wrap-up post here)
Oh, So Many Manias . . . 
Joy's Blog
Book In Hand
100 Books. 100 Journeys
J.G. at Hotch Pot Cafe (read her wrap-up post here)
Remember to Breathe  (read her wrap-up post here)
Book Psmith
Man of La Book


Reviews were strongly encouraged, but not mandatory.  Good thing there was that loophole, because I failed to review one of my own Pulitzer picks, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz.

Here are the reviews, in the order submitted:

Morte d'Urban by J. F. Powers on Musings 

World's Fair by E. L. Doctorow on chaotic compendiums

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner on 100 Books. 100 Journeys 

The Adventures of Augie March on 100 Books. 100 Journeys 

Lonesome Dove on chaotic compendiums 

Breathing Lessons on Book Psmith

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson on Musings

The Color Purple by Alice Walker on chaotic compendiums

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann on Musings

The Color Purple by Alice Walker on 100 Books. 100 Journeys

Tinkers by Paul Harding on Musings

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon on Man of La Book

The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter on Hotchpot Cafe

The Optimist's Daughter on Hotchpot Cafe

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann on Man of La Book

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann here on Rose City Reader

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout here on Rose City Reader

Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon here on Rose City Reader

Tinkers by Paul Harding on Joy's Blog

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx on Book in Hand

Herzog by Saul Bellow on Book in Hand

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