Friday, September 28, 2007

Book Giveaway


I just received my book club selection from my local public radio station (KPCC in Pasadena, a great station by the way), where I get their book picks for sponsoring them. This time they chose to read The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman.

Unfortunately for me, but perhaps fortunately for you, my husband already has this book--just finished reading it, in fact. So I'm giving it away, to anyone who leaves me a comment saying they'd like me to put their name into the hat for a little drawing.

Here's the blurb they sent with the book:

"Using a combination of science and history, speculation and fact, Weisman explores the possibilities of a human-free world. Within days, the New York subways would be flooded and just a short 20 years later, the streets above would turn to rivers. Citing examples of current human-free areas such as Chernobyl and Korea's Demilitarized Zone, Weisman exposes the earth's inherent power to heal itself. No matter how large the imprint we leave, Weisman argues, the earth, in time, will recover. I'm certain you will enjoy this enthralling read."

I used to be really hooked on this kind of book when I was a kid, but of course I only read fictionalized versions, like George Stewart's Earth Abides. So now that I'm a grown-up, I think I'll read this and see if the subject still holds any fascination...

So I'l send the lucky winner my extra copy--just leave me a comment to let me know if you want to be entered in my little drawing. Let's see, I guess I need a deadline--let's say Tuesday, October 2 at midnight pacific time.

14 comments:

Tara said...

Please throw my name into the hat! I've had my eye on this book.

Gentle Reader said...

tara--no prob, your name's in the hat! My husband liked the book--maybe I'll make him review it!

Matt said...

I have also been wanting to read this book. It sounds fascinating. I'm definitely in!

J.S. Peyton said...

Count me in too! I've never heard of this, but the blurb sounds incredibly interesting. Even if I don't win, it's going on my TBR list. I've been on a road with Doomsday-like novels.

Matt said...

This is the third mention of this book I've seen around. It doesn't hurt to have a change of wind of what I've been reading. Count me in please. :)

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Eva said...

I'd love to be in the drawing! I've been trying to read more non-fic lately. :)

Gentle Reader said...

matt, j.s., matt and eva--great, your names are in the hat!

Em said...

I've heard a lot of great things about this book. I'd love to enter the contest! Have you visited his website? It has some really cool videos on it. http://www.worldwithoutus.com

Gentle Reader said...

em--your name is in the hat, and thanks for the link, I'll visit his site soon!

SFP said...

The author was on Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert a few weeks ago, wasn't he?

Enter me in the drawing, please.

Gentle Reader said...

sfp--your name is in the hat, too. Didn't see this author on Stephen Colbert or Jon Stewart, but love both their shows!

Anonymous said...

Song of Deborah


...They chose new gods; then was war in the gates... Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song... the LORD made you have dominion over the mighty... Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of Justice against the mighty... Have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two? So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land rest forty years. Judges 5.

Deborah Palfrey deserves the Pemberton Award for Clean Governance.
Palfrey list is like the Black Book of 1918.
That Trial of the century is deleted from all books.
The list there had 47000 names.
The list here has 46000 phone bills.
The listed are not womenizers, machos or ordinary sinners.
They are power brokers, gay lutheran whock and awe agitators of all wars and all panics.
These wretches are one dirty cover to the real pimps deep undercover.
A curse on the kingpins, Justice Charles Darling then and Judge Adolph Kramer Kessler now.

Noel Pemberton-Billing
Trial of the Century 1918

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