Daily Archives: July 1, 2009

Win a FREE copy of National Geographic’s “USA 101: A Guide to America’s Iconic Places, Events and Festivals”

Posted by on July 1, 2009

It is now July which means vacations and road trips. In honor of July I’m giving away five copies of USA 101: A Guide to America’s Iconic Places, Events, and Festivals by Gary McKechnie.

Here is the review of the book from Amazon.com:

Countless travel books display some aspect or region of America, but USA 101 stitches together a whole crazy quilt of iconic places, events, fairs, and festivals that celebrates our country in all its quirky diversity.

Whoever you are, wherever you’re going, whatever you like to do, it’s here somewhere. And if you just stay home and travel armchair-style you’ll still find this guide a vivid, often humorous, always fascinating blend of world-famous and distinctly local places and events that add up to a national portrait.

Here are fivescore and one indelibly American destinations, from the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge, from Graceland to Disneyland; perennial sporting rituals like the Army-Navy football game, the Indy 500, the Soap Box Derby, and the Little League World Series; plus dozens more favorite institutions old and new, from Native American powwows to the Miss America Pageant and monster truck rallies.

USA 101 features entertaining descriptive narratives—concise, lively sketches that capture each selection’s history and special appeal—as well as detailed practical advice and essential information for visiting. Well seasoned by eclectic, irresistible sidebars, this guide is a panorama of treasured traditions, favorite pastimes, and beloved national possessions that will surprise, amuse, and inform even the most sophisticated traveler.

All you have to do to win is leave a comment naming anywhere in the United States that you’ve never visited and would love to see. For the purposes of this contest, this will also include territories such as Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Marinas Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Winners of the “Lost On Planet China” Contest

Posted by on July 1, 2009

After a lengthy delay, I have finally had an afternoon to sit down and pick the five winners of the free copy of “Lost on Planet China” by J. Maarten Troost. There were 118 entries. I selected 5 random numbers from Random.org and these were the winners:

…..yes, winners also get a free link :)

I’ve sent the email addresses of the winners to the person organizing the contest at Random House and they should be in contact with you after the July 4th holiday.