Free books: It’s the October GLC giveaway!

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UPDATE: The books are gone! | It’s fall. Halloween is just around the corner and I’ve got a super-creepy food book and a warm and comfy science story about wine. Yay for you!

The first person to write in and request one of the books linked below gets it for free during our 10th Monthly GLC Book Giveaway of 2006. Limit one per person and you must request a specific book and send me your mailing address — although we won’t use your email or postal address for anything other than sending you the book. Email me for a free book while they last!

Gone! Sent to Jane of Jersey City, New Jersey!
Fierce Food: The Intrepid Diner’s Guide to the Unusual, Exotic, and Downright Bizarre | “Is comfort food getting a little too comfortable? Then grab a plate at the Fierce Food buffet, where the world’s most extraordinary foods are dished up for your pleasure. Start the meal with Mexican chapulines, or grasshoppers, and then move along to the Kazakhstan boiled sheep’s head, where the eyeball is reserved for the most honored guest. And if necessary, ease your queasy stomach with dried clay. An alphabetical survey of the world’s most amazing and unusual edibles, Fierce Food describes what these foods are and where they’re from, and how they’re captured, foraged, or, even putrefied. Readers also learn how the foods are traditionally served and eaten-and best of all, what they taste like, because if you can’t actually bring yourself to eat Filipino embryonic duck eggs, reading about it is the next best thing. Fierce Food is a fascinating exploration of global cultures that definitively proves the old adage, ‘one man’s meat is another man’s poison.'” —Amazon.com (List price: $14.00)

Gone! Sent to Lynn of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania!
The Botanist and the Vintner: How Wine Was Saved for the World | “In the mid-1860s, after countless centuries of bearing the fruit that would become wine, French grapevines began to wither and die in ever increasing numbers and no one knew why. It started in southeastern France, in the Rhone Valley, as Christy Campbell tells the tale in his masterful The Botanist and the Vintner. Within 30 years the inexorable rolling disaster that was the phylloxera infestation had reached into every nook and cranny of France’s wine making regions, destroying nearly all. Everywhere the wine grape grew — England, Spain, Italy, Germany, Eastern Europe, and even Australia — phylloxera appeared and took no prisoners. Except for American grape vines. The little bug didn’t seem to have much taste for the skunky wines of native American grapes. Christy Campbell, British journalist and, if The Botanist and the Vintner is any example, master storyteller, waltzes the reader into the middle of a fascinating tale of discovery and combat and never stops dancing. The book reads like a detective novel, a page-turner you can’t put down. And it’s about a bug, phylloxera, a root-sucking aphid that absolutely wiped clean the grand vineyards of France and thrived in defiance of both peasant remedy and all that “modern” science could bring to bear.” —Amazon.com (List price: $14.95)

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The GLC Crew and keaggy.com

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