Friday, January 7, 2011

Book Giveaway - Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Schiff

I have two copies of Cleopatra: A Lifeby Stacy Schiff, so I am giving one away. YAY!

cleopatra a life, stacy schiff

From Booklist...
For those who think they know enough about Cleopatra or have the enigmatic Egyptian queen all figured out, think again. Schiff, demonstrating the same narrative flair that captivated readers of her Pulitzer Prize–winning VĂ©ra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) (1999), provides a new interpretation of the life of one of history’s most enduringly intriguing women. Rather than a devastatingly beautiful femme fatale, Cleopatra, according to Schiff, was a shrewd power broker who knew how to use her manifold gifts—wealth, power, and intelligence—to negotiate advantageous political deals and military alliances. Though long on facts and short on myth, this stellar biography is still a page-turner; in fact, because this portrait is grounded so thoroughly in historical context, it is even more extraordinary than the more fanciful legend. Cleopatra emerges as a groundbreaking female leader, relying on her wits, determination, and political acumen rather than sex appeal to astutely wield her power in order to get the job done. Ancient Egypt never goes out of style, and Cleopatra continues to captivate successive generations. --Margaret Flanagan


Enter to win!

Rules:

1) You must be a follower of this blog to be eligible to win (anyone anywhere on planet earth is eligible to win, as long as they are a follower of me blog)
2) Leave a comment with your email address and some sort of book recommendation (I am always looking for new books to read, so help a sister out already and recommend something FABULOUS)

Winner will be picked at random next week.

Good luck!

UPDATE: JESSICA, you are the winner!  Let me know where to send it, and it is yours!  :)

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40 comments:

JenRem said...

Oh pick me, pick me! :)
Right this very moment I would recommend The Hunger Series. I can't get enough of it. Just since the first of the year, I have finished the first two books and quickly reading through the third.

Dancing Branflake said...

I want! I love the book "The Zahir". So powerful!

And my email addy is tiffkaddy at hotmail dot com.

lcm said...

I've been meaning to read this book! Pick me! I've recently re-read The Little Prince and fell in love with it all over again. It means so much more as an adult than reading it as a child. A great read!

The Seeker said...

Have I wish you yet a Happy New Year?
I think this travel of mine is making me a bit confused... or is it age approaching?! lol :pp

Seems an interesting book this one.
Have fun

xoxo

Queenie said...

I'm pathetically behind in my personal reading, although I did just pick up Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I'm, uh, only on page two, but so far, so good! My email: mbbNmgb at hotmail dot com

bananas. said...

your giveaways are always so unique and smart. you must be the same. yes i think you are :)

count me in!

as for book recs, hmm...i haven't read it yet but i really really want to get into the hunger series. it's young adult but then so was twilight.

bananas. said...

the hunger game series, i meant*

Tia said...

I want it! Perfect addition for my new uber grown up self.

And as far as recommendations go, I have been on a kick of reading books full of drama...so I recommend anything by Emily Giffin, especially Something Borrowed and Something Blue.

Gabby said...

Ooh, this book is supposed to be good! Crossing my fingers. And yeah, I have to chime in with everyone else: The Hunger Games series! I got the trilogy for Christmas and am half way through the 2nd book. Definitely draws you in!

Shannon said...

Hi dg! I love the Big C! Such an ancient history celebrity!

I'll recommend: "Little, Big" by John Crowley and "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" by Susanna Clarke. Both in the fantasy vein and both funtastic reads.

snholliday@gmail.com

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Ellenitza said...

Check out Paul Auster's Invisible for a good New York read, or Bret Easton Ellis' Imperial Bedrooms for an LA one.

Your blog makes me laugh - love it.

My address: hi.ellenitza@gmail.com

Char said...

bhamgirl717 at aol dot com

have you read the Ward Vampire books - good series!

i'm reading the millenium series which i'm not thrilled with them!!

Big Red said...

hope random picks me! usconner at yahoo! dot com.

If you have not read Bitter is the New Black or Bright Lights Big Ass, both by Jen Lancaster, then you must. I really do laugh out loud while reading them.

Cheryl Ann said...

i'm in - i love books ;)

i just started reading "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave and holy shit, it is kind of blowing my mind.

Caitlin said...

Barnes & Noble is selling these beautiful embossed books, one of which is Wicked and Son of a Witch in one bound copy. It is wonderful!

caiti.mcelroy@gmail.com

Jill said...

Did you read it? Did you like it? It's on this sessions book club list. I'm looking forward to it.

rach said...

hurrah! i can enter this one and its for something i like! books! this never happens! so um enter me please!

and a good book? how about a series of books- the discworld series by terry pratchett. I dont know if you already know about them but they are awesome! my husband and I and all of my friends are obessed with them. The covers of the books in america look super ugly, but the artwork on the ones here are great- i could hook you up with one if you ever had the desire!

MICHEL DIAZ said...

Haven't been to Barnes and Noble's for Ages!! I need a good book! But if this helps I like Ken Follett's Fall Of The Giants
Email-micheldiaz32@gmail.com

TheBeautyFile said...

What a coincidence!! I was going to buy this, but I would LOVE to win it! If you don't believe me, just check my twitter from last night!

thebeautyfile@gmail.com

The Red Tent is my favorite book of all time.

Nikke Brown said...

Oh count me in!!!!
I LOVE Cleopatra.

I'm currently reading In Search of Eden by Linda Nichols. I think it's an excellent book so far.

nikkebrown@live.com

girlunwinding said...

I just finished reading Frankensein's Monster, blogged about it here::
http://girlunwinding.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/knitting-and-reading-2/

Nice read, makes you wanna slap people. Currently I am reading The Book Thief (yes, it is a young adult book but in my mind I AM a young adult)

Love and kisses~
Dawn

Jessica said...

These two books are awesome
The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell and Sill Missing by Chevy Stevens
frellathon(at)gmail(dot)com

Tikimama said...

Hi drollgirl, I haven't been around for ages, and I've just spent an hour going through past posts - heaven! The book I'm most looking forward to buying soon is the new book of Marilyn Monroe's writings called Fragments. I'd love to read this book on Cleopatra, she's such an amazing historical figure. atomicteaparty at gmail dot com.

Kitty Stampede said...

ooo..I hope I'm not too late.

I looove to read. I have a ton of books I could mention but hmm...Have you ever read "Geek Love"? I read it a few years ago and really liked it. It's a fictional story about a bunch of circus freaks. It was memorable to say the least. I still think of it even after years.

I just read not too long ago, Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk..all about Iggy, Bowie etc...the dirt and the grime...it was a very entertaining read. I love a good rock biography.

Pretty Little World said...

I recently saw this woman on either The Daily Show or Colbert Report and the book sounded really fascinating!!

I just finished Steve Martin's memoir about his time as a stand-up comedian and it was really good; "Born Standing Up"

I'm also in the middle of "The Looming Tower," and I would highly recommend that as well.

Gabbi said...

Great giveaway! I'm always happy to get something new to read and this one I almost bought myself the other day!

I'm in the middle of reading The Awakening by Kate Chopin. You probably read it already? I've never gotten around to it till now, but so far am completely enjoy it.

I'm already a follower and my email is felinofelice@ymail.com... *fingerscrossed*

Miss Absinthe said...

I recommend anything by my favorite author, Tom Robbins, but Jitterbug Perfume is my favorite.

Keeping fingers crossed!!!

missabsinthedeluxe@gmail.com

ana b. said...

I'm embarrassed 'cos you'll see I only *just* followed your blog. But I don't usually use Google Connect or whatever that thingy is called. So yes, I followed AND you know my email address (ondressingup@gmail.com). AND my book recommendation:
- Sunday Daffodil and Other Happy Endings by P Robert Smith.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Woohoo, you had me at "shrewd power broker". Have you read the millenium series yet ("Girl with the Dragon Tatto"?) It was pretty fast paced and the Swedish movie was insane!

vint junky said...

Righty-o! I don't usually enter comps but if it's for a book count me in.
I'm trying to think of some books you might like...
my current favourite is the master and margerita by mikhail bulgakov. there's a cigar smoking cat...'nuff said!

tulpen said...

I was obsessed with all things Ancient Egypt as a kid. Weird I know.

I'd LOVE to read this!

I too would recommend the Hunger Games Trilogy. I couldn't put those things down. Highly entertaining stuff there.

Now I'm deep into Outlander;
smutty historical fiction. Win!!

tulpen said...

Also? Someone mentioned 'Geek Love'! I read that in college, it was fantasticly weird and twisted!

Stephanie said...

If you feel a need to dip into some sadness but ultimately survival try "A Woman in Berlin" by anonymous. It's short, heavy and about resilient women in WWII.

Stephanie said...

Some people mentioned Geek Love, I agree with that as being a great read! A really unique story.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

As an obsessive bookworm, I felt compelled to enter this AMAZING giveaway. ;)

I am a follower, of course. And I highly recommmend Water for Elephants, if you haven't read it already. It's the last book that made me feel MAGIC. xo

Farah said...

Weeeeelll so far I have only been reading class requirements but this book Cracking India by Bapsi Sidhwa made me tear up, it was a good read. and i love book giveaways! xo

only a movie said...

I would love love love to be in a book giveaway.

I just finished Unbearable Lightness, which was quick and well done. I also finished Freedom which was not quick, but amazing. Also really good is Palo Alto by James Franco (yes, that James Franco).

Shelley said...

WANT. I am always in the mood for a good book :)

CarolNWong said...

I am a brand new GFC follower.

I would love to read Cleopatria, I have always been fascinated by her life.

My book recommendation is 'Oh Beautiful' by John Paul Godges. I love this book. It will hook you from the beginning.

CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com