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Hey hey! August’s light is upon us and in that spirit GetGlue has a bevy of luminous book-y prizes, led off by a sweet history of, well, light. Batting second, third, and clean-up we have three works of fiction ranging from the soulfully offbeat to the gleefully ghostful.

As the saying goes, last week’s winners continue to earn prizes, so without further ado, here’s this week’s featured books:

Brilliant, by Jane Knox

In an illuminatingly (sorry, enough already, I know) thorough read, Jane Knox explores the history of artificial light, starting from the caveman’s cultivation of fire, progressing through the 1894 Chicago Fair’s White City, taking us up to the modern day’s desire for renewable energy. Far from a dry history, Knox relates the concept to how far we have come (and/or not come) as a society.

The Patterns of Paper Monsters, by Emma Rathbone

Emma Rathbone’s debut novel is an arresting feast of language centering on Jacob Higgins, a 17-year-old misfit and possible sociopath biding his time in a juvenile detention center. He wields a sardonic wit at both his alcoholic mother and the other residents of the facility.

The Hypnotist, by M. J. Rose

M. J. Rose returns with more paranormal sleuthery in the third volume of her Reincarnationist series. In this chapter, Special Agent Lucien Glass is on the case of an art thief who threatens to annihilate classics unless New York’s Met gives him an 8-foot statue with special powers.

Numb, by Sean Ferrell

The world of Sean Ferrell’s debut lies just to the left of center - it’s one where an amnesiac from a circus sideshow can earn celebrity status in the always-fussy NYC scene for his inability to sense pain. Critics have hailed it as a striking opening salvo from an up-and-comer.

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Good morning and good day to you.  As Summer sweeps by (it’s the final week of July…whaaaa?), here’s a few tips from GetGlue: be sure to savor the moments, drink lots of water, and check out this week’s Guru Giveaways as you too may be a winner.

While we won’t be coming to your house with balloons, a giant check and a zombie Ed McMahon, you will still get some cool, readable swag for free and who doesn’t love free stuff. This week’s prizes include the latest in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Underworld series and a fun book on grammar.

As it is every week, last week’s winners are still winning this week and this week’s winners are below:

Waking The Witch, by Kelley Armstrong

In the eleventh volume of her Women of the Underworld series, Armstrong introduces a new heroine, 21-year-old witch Savannah Levine. Levine sets off to investigate a trio of murders featuring paranormal overtones, but the action takes a dark turn when her powers become unreliable.

Everything Is Going To Be Great, by Rachel Shukert

Rachel Shukert’s second set of essays finds the 20-something humorist roving through Europe having landed a small role in a traveling play. Her witty observations have earned many plaudits from critics and earned her comparisons to David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley.

City Of Veils, by Zoe Ferraris

Ferraris returns to the site of her debut novel, the acclaimed Finding Nouf, sending desert guide Nayir Sharqi and forensic scientist Katya Hijazi off to solve the case of the death of a brash and unconventional Saudi woman and the disappearance of the American contractor with whom she was having an affair. Ferraris novel serves both as a taut thriller and as an examination of the role of women in Middle-Eastern society.

The Glamour Of Grammar, by Roy Peter Clark

Well-established as one of the great writing coaches (and as a superb author on the subject), Roy Peter Clark has a world of fun in his latest treatise - this one a tome that succeeds in uncovering the joy and elegance hiding in the English language. Clark blends humor with an authoritative hand, re-revealing the charm writers derive from making language dance.
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Happy July 19th everybody!  We at GetGlue are celebrating this hallowed day with a smorgasbord of critically acclaimed treats. Along with the latest from novelist Howard Norman, we’ve got zombiefied Beatles, disco-loving gym rats, and the inspiring tale of an African youth who found hope and dreams in a windmill (as seen on the Daily Show).

So look below and read more.  And take a browse at last week’s list of prizes as they’re still being awarded to gurus as we speak (well, not speak exactly, but…you know).

Paul Is Undead, by Alan Goldsher

Alan Goldsher takes a uniquely twisted tack on the Beatles mythology, imagining a world where John, Paul, and George are zombies, whilst ninja Ringo tries to keep the flesh eating under wraps. Its a feast of humorous gore which has bought the love of many a critic.

What Is Left The Daughter, by Howard Norman

Howard Norman paints a haunting tableau around the sadness of regretful choices as his character Wyatt Hillyer relates the tale of his haunted past - including a parental scandal - to the daughter he’d abandoned decades prior. An Amazon Best Book of the Month for July 2010, What Is Left The Daughter should help cement Norman’s rep as one of today’s leading literary lights.

The Body Shop, by Paul Solotaroff

Paul Solotaroff examines his own buffed-out coming-of-age amidst the Pumping Iron-fueled madness of the steroids-happy, disco-raging days of the 1970s. The contributing editor for Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal examines both his rise to sculptured Adonis and requisite crash to drug-addled mess in an account both dark and humorous.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, by William Kamkwamba

In 2002, a teenage Malawian builds a windmill from the scraps and detritus of his poverty-riven land, bringing electricity to his rural area. Kamkwamba’s inspiring story has turned the ear of scientists, politicians, earned him an appearance on the Daily Show, while giving the young man a shot at college and success.

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Pirates, motorcycles, Mad Men, and delicious meals make up the GetGlue Guru Giveaways for this second week of July.  From Food Network staple Cat Cora’s latest cookbook to Natasha Vargas-Cooper’s romp through the inebriated early-60s, we’ve got some exciting tomes for you this week.

Meanwhile, mysteriously, last week’s featured books continue to be given away to lucky winners.

Live to Ride, by Wayne Johnson

While Wayne Johnson has published five novels, his true passion lies with the motorcycle and the open road. This ode to his favorite mode of transportation thoroughly examines the life and history of the two-wheeled vehicle.

The Pirate Devlin, by Mark Keating

The Pirate Devlin, by Mark Keating While pirates have been a staple of fiction going back to the days of Blackbeard and William Kidd, Mark Keating’s swashbucklers stand out especially for their nasty, brutish, and short nature. Keating’s debut novel tells the story of Captain Patrick Devlin, of the pirate ship Lucy, as he does high-sea battle with rival John Coxon, the immortal Bluebeard, and many others.

Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist, by Cat Cora

As one of the Iron Chefs on the American version of the beloved contest, Cat Cora needs her culinary repertoire to be vast to keep up with the Food Network staples requests. This cookbook, like her two prior, reflects her diverse talent with exciting new imaginations of everything from salmon to enchiladas.

Mad Men Unbuttoned, by Natasha Vargas-Cooper

Few shows capture that point between 1950s family and 1960s counterculture like the now iconic Mad Men. Vargas-Cooper examines the aesthetic of the early-60s with a wandering eye taking in everything from film to design to (of course) advertising.

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As the heat descends here in NYC - as, it would appear, in much of the Northern Hemi - the logical and easy metaphor to use would be to mention that the Guru Giveaways are also starting to sizzle. But the truth is the giveaways this week are actually (quantifiably) exceedingly cool, ranging from the wry wit of Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee to the nostalgic hipness of a classic cookbook.  It all unfolds for you below.

Last week’s featured books are also still whinging their way to winning Gurus.

I Know I Am, But What Are You?, by Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee has made her dry, neurotic humor known to the nation (and beyond) as reporter - and often the only female one - on the Daily Show. Her first book of essays unfold in an absurdist style which recalls the oddball prose of Woody Allen.

The Theater Geek, by Mickey Rapkin

For over 35 years, the Stagedoor Manor has been providing Summer refuge for that certain type of personality for whom Rent is religion and Shakespeare is chapter and verse. Its one-time campers have included celebrities ranging from Robert Downey, Jr., to Zach Braff. Rapkin’s tome lovingly captures the passion which drives these folks in a manner that only a fellow theater geek could express.

The I Hate To Cook Book, by Peg Bracken

While attitudes, gender roles, and the entire way we look at consuming food may have changed over the last half-century, Peg Bracken’s iconic book is as relevant in its 50th Anniversary Edition as it was back at the dawn of the 1960s. Bracken provides inventive, exciting dishes which can be prepared with minimal effort by those who are on-the-go (or just plain lazy).

Miss O’Dell, by Chris O’Dell

Far from a mere groupie, Chris O’Dell was a key figure in rock ‘n’ roll as the British Invasion of the 1960s proved the style was indeed here to stay. Whether as friend, muse, or lover - and often as all three - O’Dell helped shape the music and philosophy of the Beatles, the Stones, Dylan, Clapton, and many other icons of the rock universe.

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Good morning from all of us here at Glue and this week we have a doozy of a selection of thrilling book giveaways. George A. Romero, that master of movie mayhem, unleashes his debut novel and it’s an uplifting portrayal of a young Norwegian boy’s desire to dance, set against the backdrop of the rise of World War….just playing, it’s about zombies, and lots of them.  And it looks, well, awesome. We also have Taylor Plimpton’s ode to the nightlife, and crackling new prose from Martha McPhee and Anne Zouroudi.

There’s also giveaways from last week still making their way out to lucky winners.

Notes From the Night, by Taylor Plimpton

Taylor Plimpton, son of that master observer, the late George Plimpton, is something of an advocate of a particular sort of exclusive Manhattan lifestyle (as Jonathan Miles puts it in his Amazon review, “the style-obsessed, drug-dizzied, bass-thudded, celebutante-spangled, all-night parties that occur beyond the velvet ropes of an ever-shifting array of downtown nightclubs”). Plimpton’s debut memoir lovingly rhapsodizes his many nights lost in the crowds of NYC nightlife.

The Living Dead, by George A. Romero

As the zombie invasion of literature reaches full flush in 2010, who better to bring the post-apocalyptic terror than the undisputed godfather of the genre, director George A. Romero.  The creator of 1968’s Night of the Living Dead and its countless sequels puts pen to paper for a thrilling account of an undead infection told from the angle of many harried “survivors.”

Dear Money, by Martha McPhee

In McPhee’s latest slab of fiction, writer India Palmer is struggling to stay financially afloat while keeping true to her creative ideals, when charming industrialist Win Johns descends upon Palmer’s life, and teaches her the ways of Wall Street. It’s a world to which Palmer is surprising suited bringing her to question whether to lose herself into the fast-paced existence or stick to her initial path as author?

The Messenger of Athens, by Anne Zouroudi

In an tale set in a mythical, yet modern, Athens, novelist Zouroudi sets her sleuth, Hermes Diaktoros, also known as “The Fat Man” on the case of the possible murder of Irini Asimakopoulos, whose lifeless body was found at the bottom of a jagged cliff.  The atmospheric detective tome is the first in a series of seven dedicated to the deadly sins.

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It’s another Monday morning and even before we have erased the sleep from our eyes with our third cup of coffee, there is joy here in Glueland for we have struck out to heroically provide our Gurus with some cool new books. This week’s prizes include some original prose from an up-and-coming young literary voice out of Queens, New York (a book which has whirlwinded its way through the Glue office), a darkly honest and often disturbingly funny look at a soldier’s life in an endless war, and the latest in the Bourne series.

As always, last week’s books, like X-Files’ truths, are out there, and a hearty howl goes out to all those who won the Wolfman.

Bad Marie, by Marcy Dermansky

Thirty years old, freshly released from prison, ne’er-do-well Marie believes she has found happiness (or at least a niche) with the husband and child of her hated childhood friend. However, she soon finds herself on the lam in a Paris she never imagined, spiraling to some sort of inevitable end. Dermansky’s follow-up to her well-reviewed debut Twins has already received excellent press for its gritty, often transgressive prose.

Climate Solutions, by Peter Barnes

In concise, easy-to-digest language, Peter Barnes provides a solid starting point for those wishing to learn more about the various attempts scientists and politicians are presenting to try and correct the corruption of the earth’s atmosphere.

Kaboom, by Matt Gallagher

Capturing the insanity of the war field in the manner that made The Hurt Locker so compelling, soldier Matt Gallagher distills the elements of his popular (and controversial amongst the military) blog into a captivating narrative of his year deployed in Iraq.

Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Objective, by Eric Van Lustbader

Crime novel veteran Eric Van Lustbader continues to keep the late Ludlum’s most enduring character alive in the latest chapter of the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Deception. In this installment, Lustbader has Bourne grappling with a more traditional demon in the form of rival spy and master of subterfuge Leonid Arkadin.

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A young man in Ghana dribbles a ball on a dusty field in anticipation of his home country’s World Cup campaign. Audrey Hepburn strolls down a Manhattan boulevard. A literary agent on the rise descends into the bowels of addiction hell. Meanwhile, a young boy follows an enchanted owl on a chilling journey. With summer about to spread its wings (well, over one half of the sphere), this week’s Guru Giveaways run the gamut of emotions and worlds.  They’re below.

As usual, last week’s books are still finding homes with winning Glue Gurus and the Wolfman still beckons…

The Owl Keeper, by Christine Brodien-Jones

In this fantasy for ages 10 and up, when a mysterious force comes to town, young Maxwell Unger must rediscover his courage and his passion for life through the wondrous stories his now-gone grandmother used to tell.

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, by Bill Clegg

From the outside, Bill Clegg had an impressive life, from his promising gig as a literary agent to his abiding boyfriend. However, the tendrils of addiction are powerful, and he loses it all on a two month crack bender illustrated in his debut memoir.

Africa United, by Steve Bloomfield

The 2010 World Cup, held in South Africa, features an unprecedented six teams from Africa. Steve Bloomfield’s exquisitely timed travelogue elegantly illustrates the distinct power soccer has over the continent’s culture and politics.

Fifth Avenue, 5 AM, by Sam Wasson

In his second book on the topic of the iconic 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sam Wasson focuses on the movie’s star, Audrey Hepburn, whose turn as Holly Golightly hinted at the modern on-the-go, have-it-all urban woman — ubiquitous little black dress and all.

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Hope you all had a swell (that word’s gotta be on its way back soon) Memorial Day.  After a glorious long weekend of relaxation, remembrances, and many Swansons, the Glue Giveaway Guy (just made that up) comes back at you to announce another week of great books (and one DVD) for lucky Gurus.  Science fiction and thrillers are the theme in a week which includes the new Cory Doctorow and the video release of the Benicio Del Toro monster movie The Wolfman.

As always, keep an eye out for last week’s prizes, still winging their way out to winners.

For The Win, by Cory Doctorow

Boing Boing co-editor Cory Doctorow continues his impressive ascent as one of the best young science fiction writers with his latest inspired novel - this one a tale of teenagers caught in a future landscape where poverty-stricken virtual gamers mine faux money for the more well-to-do top level players. The buzz is substantial for a book which should appeal to young and old fans alike.

Mr. Rosenblum Dreams In English, by Natasha Solomons

With a blend of sincerity and gentle quirk, screenwriter Natasha Solomons tells the story of a German immigrants quixotic quest for a golf course in the space between the two World Wars.

Rescuing Olivia, by Julie Compton

Julie Compton’s follow-up to the critically well-received Tell No Lies is a another taut psychological thriller. When Anders Erickson almost dies in a motorcycle crash, he is told the love of his life was not as lucky.  However, Anders soon finds all is not as it seems as hints of her survival continue to pop up years later.

So Cold the River, by Michael Koryta

Michale Koryta, a veteran master of the mindbender, returns in 2010 with tale of suspense in a small town. Cinematographer Eric Shaw returns home, haunted by his Hollywood fall-from-grace, only to be pursued by another sort of memory, an apparition dredging up the burg’s unsavory past.

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Good morning Glueland and welcome to another edition of weekly Guru Giveaways.  Books coming at you this week include Giulia Melucci’s memoir of loves lost and meals cooked and an atmospheric debut thriller from Jacob Ritari featuring the entwined story of two drunken Americans abroad and three disappeared schoolchildren.

As usual, last week’s giveaways are still being doled out to lucky winners and congrats to all the MacGruber winners…

Taroko Gorge, by Jacob Ritari

A disillusioned and raggedy American reporter and his drunken photojournalist partner are the last to see three Japanese schoolgirls who disappear into Taroko Gorge, Taiwan’s largest national park.  The journalists—who are themselves suspects—investigate the disappearance along with the girls’ homeroom teacher, their bickering classmates, and a seasoned and wary Taiwanese detective.

Fast Track Photographer, by Dane Sanders and Richard N. Bolles

Fast Track Photographer is not just another how-to book—it’s an entirely fresh way of thinking about your business, whether you’re just starting out, or an industry veteran wondering why all your hard work isn’t working. If you want to build a competition-proof creative business in the twenty-first century, it’s time to throw out the old rulebook and get on the fast track!

Presumed Innocent (audiobook), by Scott Turow

Turow’s first novel from 1987 puts the reader firmly in the mind of narrator Rusty Sabich, a married prosecuting attorney whose affair with a colleague comes back to haunt him after she is brutally raped and murdered. Sabich’s professional and personal lives begin to mingle painfully when he becomes the accused. This Audio CD is narrated by Ed Herrmann, known to many as Rory’s grandfather on TV’s long-running Gilmore Girls.

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, by Giulia Melucci

Melucci, a publicity executive, clearly knows her way around the cucina, and her clever memoir of being loved and left includes the recipes she associates with her exes. The recipes are mostly Italian, and the men are mostly losers, but readers will have a good time laughing with Melucci at her various boyfriends’ foibles (even as they wonder why such a smart and funny woman chooses the same type of childish man over and over).
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