Tuesday, October 12, 2010

GIVEAWAY::::::::At Home by Bill Bryson

GIVEAWAY
2 copies available

Once again our friends at Doubleday have offered a great book as a giveaway.  My review copy arrived today and it looks great! -It's next in the queue after my two current reads.  Meanwhile here's what the publisher says:

From one of the most beloved authors of our time—more than six million copies of his books have been sold in this country alone—a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home.

"Houses aren't refuges from history. They are where history ends up."

Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to "write a history of the world without leaving home." The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on, as Bryson shows how each has figured in the evolution of private life. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.

Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and he is a master at turning the seemingly isolated or mundane fact into an occasion for the most diverting exposition imaginable. His wit and sheer prose fluency make At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.

Read an excerpt 


Here are the rules for the giveaway: 
  1. For one entry, leave a comment telling me whether you've read anything else by Bill Bryson.
  2. For an extra entry, leave a separate comment telling me you're a follower (or become one and let me know).
  3. For another entry,  make a separate entry telling me you blogged about the giveaway, (sidebars are fine) and LEAVE ME THE LINK to the posting (if I don't get a link, the entry doesn't count).US addresses only, no PO Boxes.
  4. You MUST leave me an email address to contact you.  NO EMAIL, NO WIN.
  5. Deadline is Oct 29 -noon EDT.
Thanks again to Liz at Doubleday for making this one available.

35 comments:

  1. I have read several books by Bryson and enjoyed them all for the most part.

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  2. Yes, I am a follower and have been for a couple of days now.

    Does this count as a daily entry for the other giveaway too? Just curious.

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  3. I enjoy reading his books. A Walk in the Woods was a favorite of mine.

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  4. Yes, I am a follower because I enjoy reading.

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  5. My email address is:
    susanbillietaylor [at] gmail [dot] com
    I forgot to leave it in my two entries.

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  6. I enjoyed A Walk in the Woods very much.

    harvee44 at yahoo.com

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  7. I am a follower.

    harvee44 at yahoo.com

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  8. I have loved every Bryson book I've read. I think B&N almost kicked me out one day because I was laughing so hard at Walk in the Woods. I've followed him home from England and up the Appalachian Trail laughing all the way, and his writing on semantics is very funny. Please enter me in the contest. E-mail: freedomacres94 at frontiernet dot net.

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  9. I've been a follower of your blog for a long time. Love your accounts of life in Maine since I lived there for years.

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  10. This is a new author to me, but it sounds like he is really good.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  11. I have seen books by Bryson, but I haven't read any yet! Thanks for the info and chance to win.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I am a GFC follower.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I've read In a Sunburned Country and Short History of Everything and loved them

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  14. I'm a follower

    page46@gmail.com

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  15. I'm a follower of yours, Tina.

    Linda P

    panzo1961 at yahoo.com

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  16. The only Bryson book I've read, so far, is I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away. There are a few others I want to read, including A Walk in the Woods, as well as this new one.

    panzo1961 at yahoo.com

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  17. Always planned to read Bill Bryson's books but always on my TBR list! Please count me in!

    delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Google follower!

    delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. Not yet, but I have A Walk in the Woods sitting on my shelf just waiting for me!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  20. I follow

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  21. Blogged:
    http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2010/10/book-giveaways-in-blogworld-10-09-10.html

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  22. We are all Bill Bryson fans in my family. Enjoyed Walk in the Woods, as well as his Australia book.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  23. current blog follower via GFC
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  24. Yes, my favorite Bill Bryson book is "A Short History of Nearly Everything!"

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway, and please enter my name.

    cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

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  25. I am an email subscriber!


    cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

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  26. I have read A Walk in the Woods by Bryson. It's wonderful and funny.

    teakettle58(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I am a follower by email and rss feed.

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  28. I have the giveaway in my sidebar. It links back to you.

    http://readwithtea.blogspot.com

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  29. I have not read any of his books but I would like to!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  30. I have read his travel books-which I quite enjoyed-A Walk in the Woods, In a Sunburnt Country.

    thanks

    chocolate and croissants at yahoo . com

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  31. I follow

    chocolate and croissants at yahoo . com

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  32. I have never read any books by Bryson but would love to.l

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  33. I am an old follower.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  34. I have not read any books by this author but this one sounds wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway


    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

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  35. I'm a follower!
    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

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