January 29, 2011 · 4:29 pm
Thanks to Diane S., Munchy has two copies of a new book to give away! This is Being with Animals: Why We Are Obsessed with the Furry, Scaly, Feathered Creatures Who Populate Our World by Barbara J. King. This hardbound release from Doubleday has a value of $24.99 ($29.99 in Canada).
Here is a synopsis of the book:
We surround ourselves with animals, and yet rarely do we truly stop to think about the pull they have on us. Animals have dominated our lives for tens of thousands of years and continue to rule our existence, but why? Why do people the world over respond to a cartoon mouse named Mickey? Why do sports teams name themselves the Bears and the Eagles? Why does the pet industry thrive even in difficult economic times? Why are we compelled to share our lives with cats, dogs, fish, snakes, turtles, or any other kind of domesticated creature?
In Being with Animals, King offers answers to these questions and more. She looks at this phenomenon, from the most obvious animal connections in daily life and culture and over the whole of human history, to show the various roles animals have played in all civilizations. She digs deeply into the importance of the human-animal bond as key to our evolution, as a signficant aspect of understanding what truly makes us human, and looks ahead to explore how our further technological development may affect these important ties.
King’s fresh look at the human-animal relationship will resonate deeply with animal lovers, the environmentally minded, and the armchair scientist.
Barbara J. King is a biological anthropologist and Chancellor Professor of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary. She has studied monkeys in Kenya and great apes in various captive settings. Together with her husband, she cares for and arranges to spay and neuter homeless cats in Virginia. (To this, Munchy says Yeowk!)
To enter our giveaway contest to win one of two copies of Being with Animals, you can either post a comment here or send an e-mail with your name and e-mail address to Josephsreviews@gmail.com . This will count as a first entry. For a second entry, answer this question, “How is it that an animal has added value to your life and/or to the lives of your loved ones?”
Munchy will pick the 2 winners at random. In order to be eligible for this giveaway, you must live in the United States or Canada and have a residential mailing address. Books will not be shipped to a P. O. box or to a business-related address. You have until Monday, February 28, 2011 at Midnight PST to submit your entry or entries.
This is it for the “complex” contest rules. Good luck and good reading!
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January 26, 2011 · 2:43 pm
Thanks to Megan at HarperCollins, we have two (2) copies to give away of the forthcoming debut novel by Dana Precious, Born Under a Lucky Moon. This book will be released by Morrow Paperback on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 ($14.95). Here is a synopsis of the story and a brief profile of the author.
Born Under a Lucky Moon is the tale of two very important (but distant) years in the lives of Jeannie Thompson and her (embarrassing, crazy) colorful family members to whom “things” just happen. From the Great Lakes of Michigan to Los Angeles and back again, it is a story of surprise marriages, a renegade granny, a sprinkler system cursed by the gods, and myriad other factors Jeannie blames for her full-tilt and out-of-control existence. But it’s also about good surprises – like an unexpected proposal that might just open Jeannie’s eyes to her real place among the people she loves most in the world… the same ones she ran far away from to begin with.
“Lucky the reader who picks up this funny, charming and touching debut novel. I loved it.” Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author
Dana Precious lives in L.A. with her husband and son. She has two dogs: a small border terrier named Thompson (as in Hunter – long story) and Bella, a very large bullmastiff whose activity of choice is sleeping on the couch and watching Oprah. Prior to writing, Diana worked for several major film studios.
So, you can probably tell that this is going to be a fun one to read! How can you win a copy? Simply by posting a comment with your name and e-mail address here, or doing the same by sending an e-mail to Josephsreviews@gmail.com . This will count as a first entry in the contest. For a second entry, please answer this question that Munchy the cat came up with, “What is the craziest thing about someone in your family (human or animal)?”
You have until Sunday, February 20, 2011 at Midnight PST to submit your entry or entries. In order to be eligible to be a winner in this contest, you must live in the United States or Canada, and have a residential mailing address. Books will not be shipped to P. O. boxes or to business-related addresses.
The winners will be picked by Munchy, and will be notified by e-mail. They will have 72 hours to supply their mailing addresses when contacted. This is it for the complex contest rules. Good luck and good reading!
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