Saturday, June 16, 2012

Great Books for Dad from Harper Perennial! Giveaway!

It is crunch time my friends!  Do you have something lined up for the Dad in your life tomorrow?  As you know, I always think a great read is the perfect gift for any occasion and you still have time to hit the book store or send a gift notification from Amazon.  Harper Perennial has two great books out now that would be great for Dad.  Here is the scoop....

The Whore of Akron:  One Man's Search for the Soul of LeBron James by Scott Raab

A native son of Akron, Ohio, LeBron James seemed like a miracle heaven-sent by God to transform Cleveland's losing ways when he was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2003. But after seven years—and still no parade down Euclid Avenue—he left, announcing his move to South Beach on a nationally televised ESPN production with a sly title that echoed fifty years of misery. The Catch, The Drive, The Shot . . . The Decision.

Out of James's treachery grew a monster. Scott Raab, a fifty-nine-year-old, 350-pound Jewish Santa Claus with a Chief Wahoo tattoo, would bear witness to LeBron's every move, and in so doing would act as the eyes and ears of Cleveland itself. Crude but warmhearted, poetic but raving, hilarious, profane (and profound), The Whore of Akron is both a rabid fan's indictment of a traitorous athlete and the story of Raab's obsessive quest to reveal the "wee jewel-box" of LeBron James's soul.


The Ball:  Discovering the Object of the Game by John Fox

Anthropologist John Fox sets off on a worldwide adventure to the farthest reaches of the globe and the deepest recesses of our ancient past to answer a question inspired by his sports-loving son:

"Why do we play ball?"

From Mexican jungles to the small-town gridirons of Ohio, from medieval villages and royal courts to modern soccer pitches and baseball parks, The Ball explores the little-known origins of our favorite sports across the centuries, and traces how a simple invention like the ball has come to stake an unrivaled claim on our passions, our money, and our lives. Equal parts history and travelogue, The Ball removes us from the scandals and commercialism of today's sports world to uncover the true reasons we play ball, helping us reclaim our universal connection to the games we love.

Don't they both sound great??  I am sure the Dad in your life would think so too!  Get to the bookstore tonight or tomorrow morning or order your copy now on Amazon....


I am so happy to tell you that the publisher, Harper Perennial is giving one lucky RBM reader a copy of both The Ball and The Whore of Akron!  Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter.... a Rafflecopter giveaway

28 comments:

Carl said...

Pretty often actually. Many evenings after dinner and certainly on a weekend afternoon.

Anonymous said...

every day
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slb3334 said...

a couple of times a week.

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adf said...

Almost everyday

sweetsue said...

My dad is an avid reader. I just sent him some books in the mail today.
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Sally Guillen said...

A few times a week, which is were I think I got my love of reading.

helpful heather said...

Never! My dad is not a reader!

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bettycd said...

not as often as he used to. his job has shifted gears and cut costs in 2 ways. They absolutely outsourced to India and even China while also cutting back severely on travel. So even though he works 8 to 5ish, there are now round the clock conference calls with people located around the world. The earliest calss start at 7am while the latest calls have started at 10 and 11pm trying to accomodate the various timezones. It saves the company money which goes to bonuses for high level officers. Hubby is on salary so no, he works many more hours for the same pay. And if he left in this economy, his job would be immediately filled by someone greatful to have it. So the short story here is he does not have nearly the free time to read that he used to enjoy.

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mverno said...

not very much at all
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Anonymous said...

Luckily he is fortunate enough to have the time everyday.

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Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

my hubby reads every night
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dario moniz said...

he reads every weekend but i want the lebron book for me lol

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Lana Bradstream said...

He reads every night before bed.

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sandyandcosmo said...

He reads every day!

Anonymous said...

Dad's eyesight is not the best, so read to him daily.

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Lisa R said...

My dad is 78 and its hard for him to see now but my husband reads everything, sometimes he has stayed up in the middle of just to finish a book.

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Unknown said...

My dad reads all of the time

Renee G said...

My husband doesn't get a chance to read very often, but he loves a good book.
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Jessica said...

My dad has started reading more thanks to the Nook he got for Christmas
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amymarie2777 said...

Pretty much every day!
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Lisa said...

He doesn't get to much in the summer

CAJUNMAN12 said...

My father never read to me

susansmoaks said...

my dad rarely reads
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Atreau said...

My dad likes to read on occasion.