We’re going to give away a trade paperback copy of the five-star (Powell’s Books) book The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Here’s a summary of the book as prepared by the publisher:
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: A philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals.
On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through… Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure to return as a man. A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story.
We’re keeping this simple and easy. To enter, you must be a resident of the continental United States with a mailing address that may (unlike the case in most contests) include a P.O. box. Send your entries to email@example.com by Friday, September 4, 2009. To be entered once in this contest, send in your name and e-mail address; the latter will only be used to contact you if you are the winner. To be entered a second time, send in the name of your all-time favorite or current pet and indicate what type of animal this is (dog, cat, bird, etc.).
All entries received by the end of the day on September 4th will be placed in a very large and inexpensive plastic container and Munchy the Norwegian Forest Cat will pick out the winner – using his very sharp claws – on the following weekend. The winner will be notified via e-mail on Monday, September 7, 2009.
That’s it. Good luck and good reading!