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Giveaway: The Bond by Wayne Pacelle

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on April 29, 2011
Posted in My Past Giveaways  | 28 Comments

Thanks to Chelsey Emmelhainz of Harper Collins I am giving away 3 copies of The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.  She sent me this book and you can have it too!

Book Description:

A fascinating exploration of humanity’s eternal bond with animals, and an urgent call to answer the needs of millions of at-risk creatures

A landmark work, The Bond is the passionate, insightful, and comprehensive examination of our special connection to all creatures, written by one of America’s most important champions of animal welfare. Wayne Pacelle, the president of the Humane Society of the United States, unveils the deep links of the human-animal bond, as well as the conflicting impulses that have led us to betray this bond through widespread and systemic cruelty to animals.

Pacelle begins by exploring the biological and historical underpinnings of the human-animal bond and reveals our newfound understanding of animals, including their remarkable emotional and cognitive capacities. In the book’s second section, Pacelle shows how the bond has been disastrously broken. He takes readers to a slaughter plant shuttered for inhumane practices, as well as the enormous egg factory farms of California. We visit Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas to speak with NFL star Michael Vick, then serving his sentence for dogfighting. Pacelle paints a portrait of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and highlights the heroic actions of residents and volunteers to reunite pets with their owners. Pacelle’s narrative also leads the reader to remote locations in which conflicts over the killing of wildlife continue to play out—from the fields outside of Yellowstone National Park where bison are slaughtered with the encouragement of federal authorities, to the ice floes of Atlantic Canada where seal nurseries turn into killing fields. 

In its final section, The Bond takes on the arguments of opponents and critics of animal protection and spotlights the groups and industries standing in the way of progress—from the National Rifle Association and agribusiness organizations like the American Farm Bureau, to surprising adversaries like the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Kennel Club. Ultimately, Pacelle points the way to a new, humane economy—one not built on extraction, suffering, and killing, but on the celebration, stewardship, and care of animals.

An eye-opening must-read, The Bond reminds us that animals are at the center of our lives, they are not just a backdrop. How we treat them is one of the great themes of the human story.

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Winners will be subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, you will receive only one copy of the book.

This giveaway will end on Saturday May 14th, 11:59 P.M. E.S.T. The winners will be notified by email. Winners must respond within TWO days or will be disqualified.


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The Grammar Girl Devotional by Mignon Fogarty

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on April 29, 2011
Posted in Books Read in 2011Grammar  | 1 Comment

Back on December 31, 2008 I reviewed Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips by Mignon Fogarty.

I loved it.  Who knew how much grammar could be?  Last year I received The Grammar Girl Devotional from Henry Holt and Company. I feel bad that it has taken me this long to write my review.

This book was meant to be read daily, one tip a day for 365 days.  I don’t know why I had such a hard time sticking to that.  I read a day, then forget about it.  Then I picked it up again.  There are some great tips in this book but it isn’t as fun as her first book.

There are a few tips on using the words “less” and “fewer” I found very helpful.  Here’s an example:

Week 17 Sunday- I Wish There Were Fewer Things to Remember: Less Versus Fewer.
“Less and fewer are easy to mix up.  They mean the same thing- the opposite of more- but you use them differently: you use less with mass nouns and fewer with count nouns.
A count noun is something you can count.  On my desk, I see books and M&M’s.  I can count those things, so they are count nouns and the right word to use is fewer.
I should eat fewer M&M’s.
Mass nouns are things you can’t count individually.  Again, on my desk I see tape and clutter.  These things can’t be counted, so the right word to use is less.

If I had less clutter, my desk would be cleaner.”

Then two days latter, there were exceptions to using “less” and “fewer”.  There were also some facts about grammar and famous people who made grammar what it is today.  These facts didn’t help me with grammar but they were interest.

This book is a great reference book.  Mignon Fogarty made her grammar tips easy to understand and there is an easy to navigate, index at the end of the book to look up grammar tips.  Since I have a poor memory, this really comes in handy.  I really enjoyed learning more about grammar with this book. 


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Sweet Tooth: In Captivity by Jeff Lemire (Volume 2)

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on April 27, 2011
Posted in Books Read in 2011graphic novels  | 6 Comments

I read Sweet Tooth: Out of the Deep Woods back in February and really enjoyed it. With volume two out, I had to read it.
It takes up where the first book ended, with poor Gus, locked up in a concentration like camp for hybid kids.  There they are used for science experiments to try to find a cure for the virus that is quickly wiping out the adults.  We also find out the history of Jepperd and how he became so mean.
As with other Jeff Lemire graphic novels, the writing was sparse with great graphics.  It really captures the true feelings of the characters and captures the readers imagination.  This is a dark and disturbing story.  I didn’t like it quite as much as the first volume but it was still worthwhile.  The third volume is due out in June, 2011.  My library already has it on order and I have placed a hold on it.
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