Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Way Home by George Pelecanos *GIVEAWAY*

This drawing is now closed.

I've been feeling like it's about time for a giveaway (you know the feeling . . . that twitchy need to use a random number generator) and Miriam at Hatchette Books has nicely obliged by coming up with a giveaway of The Way Home by George Pelecanos . . . which just happens to be a book that President Obama has carried along on vacation.

I also confess to falling for that cover, simply because I love that shade of green. Yes, in fact, I am that shallow.

Visit George Pelecanos' website to read about the book.

And, watch the YouTube trailer, here (if I did this right . . . we'll see in a minute -- it's been a long time since I tried to embed a video of any kind):


1. Leave your email address. This is a MUST. No email, no entry, period.

2. Guess my cat's favorite vegetable. Seriously. If you get it right, you get an extra entry, but you don't have to be correct to be included.

3. Think like a North American . . . and be one. Unfortunately, this drawing is limited to residents of the U.S. and Canada. No P.O. Boxes.

4. Spread the word and leave a link to your post or tweet for an extra entry. There will be 5 winners, this time. Wahoo!!

The contest ends at 6 pm on September 21, 2009.


  1. Your cat's favorite vegetable? That's a hard one. The question suggests that cat likes more than one but I'm going to guess corn on the cob. My daughter wants me to say radishes, but I'm sticking with corn on the cob.

    I like that cover, too.

    booklogged AT gmail DOT com

  2. I'm going with Cauliflower. :)

    geekgirlunveiled AT gmail DOT com

  3. Anonymous7:26 PM

    I'm going to have to go with asparagus. Simply because it's MY favorite veggie and us North Americans (of the US variety) are self-absorbed like that.

    fizzybeverage at gmail dot com

  4. Anonymous7:31 PM

    Also, hopefully this works for my twitter link.

  5. I'm guessing broccoli.

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  6. I had a cat who loved spaghetti (no, his name was not Garfield), so I'll say tomato. It sounds so unlikely, but -- hey! -- maybe your cat is as strange as mine was.

  7. Whoops! Forgot to leave my email address: emerging (dot) paradigm (at) yahoo (dot) com.

  8. You guys are fun. I'm having fun reading your comments and guesses. I'll tell you the answer when the drawing ends. :)

    Softdrink (I always want to call you Miz Fizz), the link worked great and your tweet made me chuckle.

    Bonnie, my cat is definitely unique. Her favorite junk food is Nacho Cheese Doritos. She is insane for those things. Fortunately, we only buy them about once or twice a year.

  9. Im guessing CARROTS!

    I LOVE the cover too!
    -Liz :)


  10. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm guessing sweet potatoes.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

  11. I'm going to guess celery. I seem to recall hearing this somewhere! No need to enter me. I just wanted to guess. :)

  12. lol I'm going to guess what my dogs favorite vegetable is...CARROTS! :D

    Thanks for the contest!


  13. I'm guessing your cat likes green beans because we've had cats and dogs who like them.

  14. Hello,

    After reading an article about how artichokes are one of the top ten Super Foods, they became your cat's favorite vege -- just so you know.

    My email is: daniellaland1 (at) gmail (dot) com

    The link to my post is:

    I really enjoy your blog. Your posts have added many great books to my reading list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. I don't have a pet. But if I did, it's name would be Dolly Parton and it's favorite vegetable would be string beans. Thanks for the contest! :)

  16. Hi Miriam,

    You're welcome. You need a pet. Also, you need to hurry up and move to Mississippi. :)

  17. Anonymous7:12 PM

    I'll guess that your cat's favourite vegetable is peas.
    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. I'm going to guess green beans=)
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

  19. I think your cat likes carrots.
    Please count me in on this giveaway.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  20. CeciliaH3:34 PM

    Geez...I have 3 cats & the fat one likes cookies, spaghetti, bread & peanut butter (but doesn't get it often).

    I'm guessing your kitty's fav veggie could be corn.

    Please include me in your giveaway and thank you!

  21. My cat loves cooked carrots, but I see that vegetable has been used so I'm gonna go with something unusual...beets.
    I'd love to be entered for your giveaway. Thank you!



  22. I will say avocado but it is technically a fruit. I hope I am right.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  23. Anonymous10:56 PM

    I'd really like to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity.


  24. Anonymous10:58 PM

    I'm going to say your cat's favorite veggie is broccoli.


  25. My cat HATES Veggies...he should hang around with better influences such as yours : P

    Anyway, I'd LOVE to be included! Please do so and Thank you for hosting this giveaway with Miriam.

    I'm guessing carrots (because corn is technically a starch)...

    x0xx Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

    IAmHiMaintenance (at)aol(dot)com

    I'm having some giveaways too if you'd like to join.

    Including a bookshelf and a Miche Bag!

  26. dsalanitro1967 at yahoo dot com
    Would really love to read something the President deemed worthy enough to carry with him!
    The cat's fave veggie??? broccoli

  27. I'm going to say lettuce or peas.
    My cat loves pepperoni and also cheese.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. kingabrit at gmail dot com

    Cat's fav veggie... hmm... that's a good one... let me see... let me see...

    gotcha! has to be lemon cucumbers!

  29. red onion, perhaps? Ha ha

    I'd like to be entered for this book giveaway. :D

    linna.hsu at gmail dot com

  30. My guess is brocoli. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  31. Please enter me in the book giveaway contest; thank you!

    I'm guessing kohlrabi (because I just finished some from our garden, although my cats don't fancy it!).


  32. I would like to be entered!

    My guess: peas!


  33. I think your cat likes peas. I know I do! lol
    Carol M
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  34. Anonymous3:48 PM

    I think your cat likes peppers.


  35. Anonymous11:39 PM

    Please accept this as my entry. I'd love to win this book!

    Your cat's favourite vegetable is... hmmm... ummm... celery?

    Thank you!

    Aliya D.

  36. Parsnips???

  37. Okay, I now think it's broccoli. Here's why:

  38. I'm going to guess green beans.

    Sara M
    silentalibis AT yahoo DOT com

  39. I think it is green beans

    tiramisu392 (at)

  40. My cat liked lettuce so I will guess this as the vegetable your cat likes. Please enter me into the giveaway.

    bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

  41. I tweeted about this giveaway:

    bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

  42. Anonymous6:53 AM

    I would love to win this giveaway.

    jsrogers at shaw dot ca

  43. Anonymous6:55 AM

    My cat likes peas.
    Please count me in for this giveaway. Jasmine

    jsrogers at shaw dot ca

  44. My sister's and daughters' cats all ate tomatoes, so hopefully so does your cat.


  45. there a tuna-flavored vegetable that I'm not aware of?

    I'll guess broccoli since I've seen a video of a kitten that was obsessed with it.

    bedfordbookclub at gmail dot com

  46. I tweeted about your giveaway: