Saturday, July 9, 2011

Spotlight and Book Giveaway: THE SUN'S HEARTBEAT by Bob Berman

Thanks to those hot HOT HOT! folks at
Hachette Book Group,
I have been authorized to
 give away three (3) copies of
by Bob Berman.

Rules for entering this giveaway
are at the bottom of this post.

Pub. Date: July 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Format: Hardcover , 304pp
ISBN-13: 9780316091015
ISBN: 0316091014

Description (from the publisher):
The beating heart of the sun is the very pulse of life on earth. And from the ancients who plotted its path at Stonehenge to the modern scientists who unraveled the nuclear fusion reaction that turns mass into energy, humankind has sought to solve its mysteries. In this lively biography of the sun, Bob Berman ranges from its stellar birth to its spectacular future death with a focus on the wondrous and enthralling, and on the heartbreaking sacrifice, laughable errors, egotistical battles, and brilliant inspirations of the people who have tried to understand its power.

What, exactly, are the ghostly streaks of light astronauts see-but can't photograph-when they're in space? And why is it impossible for two people to see the exact same rainbow? Why are scientists beginning to think that the sun is safer than sunscreen? And how does the fluctuation of sunspots-and its heartbeat-affect everything from satellite communications to wheat production across the globe?

Peppered with mind-blowing facts and memorable anecdotes about spectral curiosities-the recently-discovered "second sun" that lurks beneath the solar surface, the eerie majesty of a total solar eclipse-
THE SUN'S HEARTBEAT offers a robust and entertaining narrative of how the Sun has shaped humanity and our understanding of the universe around us.

About the author (from the publisher):
Bob Berman is one of America's top astronomy writers. For many years, he wrote the popular "Night Watchman" column for Discover magazine. He is currently a columnist for Astronomy magazine and a host on NPR's Northeast Public Radio, and he is the science editor of the Old Farmer's Almanac.

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• Leave an original comment on this post telling me you would like to win. Include an email address with your comment so that I can contact you if you do win. Use a spam-thwarting format such as geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com or geebee.reads [at] gmail [dot] com

You must leave an email address in order to qualify. If I can't contact you, you can't win!

• You can earn an extra entry by being or becoming a Follower or Subscriber of this blog and telling me about it in a separate comment.

• Blog about this contest and provide me with the link to the post in a separate comment, and I'll give you yet another entry.

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• Winners must provide a U.S. or Canadian street address. Hachette is unable to deliver to P.O. Boxes.

• PLEASE NOTE: One win per household. If you win this title in another contest hosted at another blog, Hachette will only send one copy per household address.

Deadline for entry is 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, July 22, 2011.

• Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email announcing that they have won; if I don't hear from a winner, I will draw another name.

• Winners are determined using the sequence generator at

Thank you to Anna
at Hachette Book Group
for making this giveaway possible.



Cami Checketts said...

I would love to win this book. I promise to review it on my blog and then donate it to my local women's shelter.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Diana D said...

There is still a few weeks to get another great read in. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

Bethie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. This looks ver interesting.

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Bethie said...

I follow on GFC

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Anita Yancey said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. It sounds so interesting and I know I would enjoy reading it. Please enter me. Thanks!


Anita Yancey said...

I am a follower on GFC!


Debbie Rodgers said...

Sun that givest all things birth,
shine on everything on earth!

If that's too much to demand,
shine at least on this our land.

If even that's too much for thee,
shine at any rate on me

(grook courtesy of Piet Hein)

Please enter me - I'd love to win this!

debbie AT exurbanis (Dot) com

Charleydog said...

This should be an interesting book, especially the section that deals with "... to its spectacular future death."

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Leslie said...

I love science books but somehow I hadn't heard of this one... which is unusual for me. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

undermyappletree at gmail dot com

Leslie said...

I'm a follower and I subscribe to your RSS feed.

undermyappletree at gmail dot com

Leslie said...

I posted the giveaway in the sidebar of my blog.

undermyappletree at gmail dot com

Darcie K. said...

Wow! This sounds incredibly interesting! I can't wait to read it!

Darcie K. said...

I subscribe via email

Darcie K. said...

I tweeted:!/dmkayes1/status/90321241734512640

rhonda said...

would love to read

Judy H said...

It's a very timely topic, things we would be missing out on learning if it weren't for NASA.

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Judy H said...

I'm a GFC follower @headlessfowl.

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traveler said...

Thanks for featuring this fascinating book. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I am an e-mail subscriber. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Vicki S said...

I'd love to win. I love to learn and this seems like a fun book that you could learn from :)

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rubynreba said...

It would be interesting to read about the Sun and the Universe.

rubynreba said...

GFC Folower

carla said...

I would like to win this book.
Thank you for the chance! It sounds like it has neat interesting stuff in it!

cjay (at) iavalley (dot) edu