Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Haulidays Giveaway at Chronicle [In which I hope for (more) free books.]

(Plenty is also published by Chronicle Books, but it is already on my shelf.)

Over at Chronicle Books, they are hosting a giveaway, and you know how I feel about free books. PLUS, books make excellent gifts because you can never have too many.

Here, then, is the basic giveaway overview:

It's been a tough year for non-profits, libraries, reading rooms, and literacy programs. But you can make your favorite charity's holiday season bright by entering the 2nd Annual Happy Haul-idays Giveaway!

This year, we're not only giving away up to $500 worth of Chronicle books to one lucky blogger and one commenter on the winning blog post—we're also asking the winning blogger to choose one charity to receive up to $500 of books from us. It's just our way of spreading holiday cheer and sharing the gift of reading.

To keep with the literary theme, if I were to win, I would like the Great Falls (MT) Public Library to also receive $500 worth of books. They're a good library, but like any library, they are not swimming in the funds. Since I'd like to support my local book-bearing community (outside of my perpetual late fees), it would be great to help them out.

So what Chronicle books would I love to have?

1.Moleskine Classic Hardcover Ruled Extra Small in violet. Because I love tiny notebooks, and a hardcover would be great for getting tossed around inside my much-abused bag. I hope it counts as a "book."

2. Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho. The mister is a photographer/artist and I am a writer. This might come in handy.

3. Frida Kahlo: Brush of Anguish by Martha Zamora, Translated by Marilyn Sode Smith. Frida Kahlo is one of my all-time favorite artists, but I don't have any books about her yet.

4. Boo: The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog by J.H. Lee, Photographs by Gretchen LeMaistre. Because Boo really is one of the world's cutest dogs and my kids would love this book. As would I.

5. Instant Iron-Ons by Julia Rothman. All 4 of us would want to stick these decals on everything, thus making it one of the first times I have ever turned on an iron to do anything.

6. PANTONE: The 20th Century in Color by Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker. To (probably mis-)quote my friend John (who designed the Electric City Creative logo for me), circa high school yearbook, "I'm going to just go over here and pet the Pantone book until you realize that pumpkin and fuchsia is never a good idea."

7.Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson, Photographs by Eric Wolfinger. I have no patience for cookies or cake pops, but I am quite willing to make a loaf of bread. I've even been told I'm good at it. Let us encourage this with a book.

8. Big Vegan by Robin Asbell, Photographs by Kate Sears. I'm not vegan, but I am lactose intolerant, so I do have some interest in vegan cooking.

9. Quick and Easy Thai by Nancie McDermott, Photographs by Alison Miksch. We have one restaurant in Great Falls that serves Thai food, and while it's fine, I was spoiled by Spokane having oodles of fantastic Thai food. So perhaps I need to get better at making it myself.

10. Turquoise: A Chef's Travels in Turkey By Greg and Lucy Malouf, Photographs by Lisa Cohen and William Meppem. All right, now I'm just making myself hungry, which is apparently still possible after all the Thanksgiving leftovers I've eaten.

11. Rustica: A Return to Spanish Home Cooking by Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish, Photographs by Alan Benson. One more food book. Comida español es delicioso.

12. Revolucion! Cuban Poster Art by Lincoln Cushing. I love interesting poster art.

13. Cats Are Weird And More Observations by Jeffrey Brown. If you are friends with me on Facebook, you know my obsession with stupid/silly cat things. Instead of thinking I am lame, think of it as my way of dealing with no longer having any cats (RIP, Lucy and Hobo).

14. Stuff On My Cat Journal by Mario Garza. Another notebook! With silly cat pictures! COME ON. IT IS BRILLIANT AND YOU KNOW IT.

15. Nerve: The First Ten Years. Okay, back to things that aren't just me giggling at silly stuff. Not only would this book be interesting to read, it has interesting packaging.

16. A Dog is a Dog by Stephen Shaskan. My son would giggle for days reading this.

17. The Boy Who Loved Batman: The True Story of How a Comics-Obsessed Kid Conquered Hollywood to Bring the Dark Knight to the Silver Screen by Michael E. Uslan. All of us would get something out of this one.

18. E-mergency! by Tom Lichtenheld and Ezra Fields-Meyer - Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Both kids would love this one.

19. Kokeshi Kimonos by Annelore Parot. My daughter loves anything to do with Japan, so she'd love this.

20. San Francisco Stories: Great Writers on the City Edited by John Miller. San Francisco is one of my very favorite cities, and the mister and I had our honeymoon there nearly 10 years ago.

21. The Empanada Brotherhood by John Nichols. Hey, a novel! Yes, Chronicle publishes those too. And yes, we're back to the Spanish language and food. What can I say? I like what I like.

22. Stoner Coffee Table Book by Steve Mockus. I'm fairly certain that I will laugh at this while completely sober. The cover image alone...

If my math is right (and let's be real, it might not be), that's $499.28 worth of books. Do you like my picks? Or do you at least know people who would like these books? Comment away, my friends. If I am chosen as the winner, I will randomly pick one commenter to also receive these books. Then we can cook Thai dumplings and laugh at kitties together.

Cheers. xx


  1. Oh, I love Chronicle. I read so many of their books as I was beginning to develop a writerly aesthetic (whatever that means anyway). I picked most of them up because they were beautiful. Plus, they published one of my all-time favorite books, Don Kurtz's SOUTH OF THE BIG FOUR.

  2. Chronicle is my absolute fave! great list and good luck!

  3. They also did Craig Ferguson's novel, BETWEEN THE BRIDGE AND THE RIVER, which I loved.

    They really do suck you in with the packaging, but luckily the content tends to be just as good!

  4. Cat books and the Boo book? Almost too much love there to be had! Throw in some cookbooks and I'm in heaven.

    Good job, girl! showin' the love
    good luck to both of us ;D

    jeaneC from CA
    jcamp2020 at aol

  5. Agh!!! I want these books too! Here's my list:

  6. nice list.i love the tartine bread book and want a copy as well. i hope you win. feel free to comment on my list.

  7. Thai dumplings .. yum! :)

    I actually would love all of the books in your list (I have a moleskine and Tartine Bread on my own list as well). I also have a daughter who loves anything Japanese, so if I'd seen Kokeshi Kimonos when I was putting my own list together, I definitely would have included it.

    I chose an underfunded library on the Pine Ridge Reservation as my charity.

    Best of luck to you!


  8. Big Vegan looks great! Good luck to you!

  9. Love your choices! I'm having as much fun seeing what everyone else picked as I did making my own blog list!