Sunday, October 04, 2009

*Giveaway* - Cheating Death by Sanjay Gupta, M.D.

This post is now closed to further comments. Drawing results will appear in the morning on 10-26 because some crazy book fanatic sort of forgot it was drawing day . . . back tomorrow.

I know you guys are just going to fall all over yourselves with excitement, but yes . . . another book giveaway! Joy channeling. I love those words.

Cheating Death is subtitled "The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds." I'm not going to copy all the publicity info except for this paragraph:

An unborn baby with a fatal heart defect . . . a skier submerged for an hour in a frozen Norwegian lake . . . a comatose brain surgery patient whom doctors have declared a "vegetable". Twenty years ago all of them would have been given up for dead, with no realistic hope of survival. But today, thanks to incredible new medical advances, each of these individuals is alive and well . . . Cheating Death. (bom bom baaaaah)

I added the dramatic interlude (well, it seemed fitting). Dr. Gupta tells about such medical miracles, what doctors have learned about the human body in recent years and why more patients are surviving than ever before.

I'm a big fan of nonfiction and sometimes fiction books about medical miracles, near-disastrous outbreaks, and other such fun with science so this book piqued my interest and I signed up to review as well as host a giveaway. My copy has not arrived and I don't like to wait too long to post about giveaways, so once again I'm going to offer up the book without having yet read it but I'm really looking forward to reading this one.

The usual Hatchette and Bookfoolery rules apply:

1. Leave your email address OR ELSE the evil side of Bookfool will come out, dance around, wave a wand and zap you off the list. I'm not being literal, but you know what I mean. No email, no entry.

2. Think like a North American and Be One. Hatchette's giveaways are limited to the United States and Canada. No P.O. Boxes.

3. Come up with a cure for migraines and I'll give you an extra 5,000 entries (an automatic win). Or, you can just tweet or post about this giveaway for an extra entry. Put all your info in one post, if you can. Separate entries don't thrill my little heart.

4. There is no #4. Weird.

A lot of people are disinterested in nonfiction and Psychologist Bookfool says this probably has to do with lingering feelings of resentment over the fact that all of you were forced to read boring textbooks at some point during your childhood to young adulthood. I felt the same way (but I'm over it, now, and just ditch the boring books). I'm still going to offer up 5, if that's okay with Anna at Hatchette, and hope that some of you will fight the urge to skip right over this one and go on your merry way without even considering it because you're allowing that lingering distaste for nonfiction to sway you. Bookfool believes it is time for you to move on, try new things, experiment! I'm just saying.

The drawing will be held at 6pm on October 25, 2009.

Important Notice: I now give winners approximately 48 to 72 hours to respond because I'm a busy girl. I strongly advise following this blog in a reader, if you don't, so that you will see your name if something hinky happens to your email (or you just don't check your email often). I'll let you know how long you have to respond within the text of the drawing winners announcement post.

And, don't forget my other drawings: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (ends Oct. 15) and The Bible Salesman (ends Oct. 18)!


  1. 1. bkclubcare[at]gmail dot com
    2. I live within one of the continental United States of America; but this state calls itself a commonwealth.
    3. I may or may not post about this contest, but it's possible I will tweet it (hey! did you see PoppetPlanet?!) I wish I could provide a cure for migraines but I sadly cannot.
    4. I love nonfiction.

  2. Uh-oh! I'm the first commenter and we know that #1 never wins. Sad, sad! Why is that? Random number generators ought to spit out #1 once in awhile, should they?

    As a former science teacher these type of books interest me.

  3. Care,

    Did I see Poppet Planet? Umm, not sure what you mean. Is there a TV show or something? I knew you like nonfiction. You're rather unique in that way. :)


    You're actually the second commenter, but you forgot to leave your email address!!!! If you don't come back, I'll dash over and give you a nudge, since I like you so much.

  4. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. It interests me greatly. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Anonymous10:41 PM

    I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

  6. I'd be very interested in reading this. Thanks.

  7. I would like to win this book for my aunt.. She loves Sanjay and this seems like an interesting book
    Sorry can't help ya with the migraine :{ Thanks so much

  8. JNelson3:18 PM

    Always looking for interesting nonfiction..but like you, if it's boring I just move on! roses_freckles(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. milou2ster(at)
    I live in the United States.
    I wish I could find a cure for migraines because so many people would love me.

  10. I follow by google reader.
    This book sounds very good.

    mrjrroy96 at gmail dot com

  11. I just read your review, and I think I'm going to have to enter for this after all. I have no self-discipline when it comes to the possibility of free books. ;-)


    toadacious1 at yahoo dot com

  12. This sounds like a good read. Please enter me to win. Thanks!

    imsosweepy { at } gmail { dot } com

  13. Anonymous8:30 PM

    I like fiction, non-fiction and all other genres. In fact, I like to read. I can get lost in books, and read well into the night, not realizing the time. I can escape in a book and have always been able to do so. Well, I'd really like to read this book, and so my fingers are crossed. Thanking you in advance for the possibility.


  14. Anonymous6:23 AM

    I love to read regardless of the material. Please enter me.

  15. Sandie7:57 AM

    I'd love to enter for this one! My email is Thanks!

  16. This is a book everyone would be interested in. I know I am. Please enter me. Thanks.


  17. I would love to win this book. I've read rave reviews on it.


  18. I love Dr Gupta. I would love a chance to win this book. I lvoe books like this.

    I wish I had a cure for migraines. I've never been medically diagnosed with them, but I get the symptoms and I hate them.

    I'm also a subscriber in Google Reader.

    Thanks for the chance

  19. I would very much love to win a copy of this book by Sanjay Gupta. Please enter me into the drawing.

    I tweeted about this giveaway

    I was having migraines so frequently - complete with vomiting - that I finally went to my doctor. I have systemic lupus and was having little strokes when I had these horrible headaches. One thing that eases the pain is to squeeze the area between the thumb and forefinger of my right hand. Move around until you find a knot or a tight place and rub it out. This would help until I could get home, take some medicine, and go to bed.

    Take care,


    (I didn't forget the email address.)

  20. Please count me in. Thanks!

    simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

  21. I saw Dr Gupta on Larry King Live! This is an excellent book, please count me in!


  22. I would love to read this one. Please count me in.

  23. This sounds like nonfiction that would be very engrossing. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks. Love your humor!