Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Giveaway - The Wave - Susan Casey

Thanks to the lovely folks at Doubleday Publishing, I have two copies of Susan Casey's new book The Wave to giveaway.

What's it about? From the publisher:

"From Susan Casey, bestselling author of The Devil’s Teeth, an astonishing book about colossal, ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out.

For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories—waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea—including several that approached 100 feet.

As scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon, others view the giant waves as the ultimate challenge. These are extreme surfers who fly around the world trying to ride the ocean’s most destructive monsters. The pioneer of extreme surfing is the legendary Laird Hamilton, who, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board suicidally large waves of 70 and 80 feet. Casey follows this unique tribe of peo­ple as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100­-foot wave.

In this mesmerizing account, the exploits of Hamilton and his fellow surfers are juxtaposed against scientists’ urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves—from the tsunami that wiped out 250,000 people in the Pacific in 2004 to the 1,740-foot-wave that recently leveled part of the Alaskan coast.

Like Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, The Wave brilliantly portrays human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious."

Read an excerpt of The Wave.

Two copies up for grabs. Open to the US only, no po boxes please. Simply comment to be entered. Ends Sunday December 19th at 6 pm EST.

38 comments:

Mary said...

I think The Wave sounds fascinating! I'd love to read it - especially after seeing the author interviewed on a late night talk show. Nice review, Luanne.
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DarcyO said...

I've heard good things about this book. Please include me.

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Sarah said...

I've read several reviews--sounds interesting!
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Sarah said...

Sounds great!! count me in:)

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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I would love to read The Wave :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Ruthie said...

This sounds like a great book. Please enter me, thanks.

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sharon54220 said...

I love the sounds of this book and would love to be entered.

Thanks for the chance

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a real librarian said...

Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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Laura C. said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I've been wanting to read this book.

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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, babe. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you -- it was another fun one to write!

a real librarian said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

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Sue said...

Looks so interesting! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Susan said...

I absolutely love stuff like this! Mother Nature is quite amazing.

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Anonymous said...

This is one of those books I really want to read - it sounds very interesting.
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Misusedinnocence said...

This sounds like a great read! =)

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Kerry said...

Please enter me!

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Mary said...

I've been wanting to get my hands on this book. Nice giveaway.

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Bani said...

Sounds super unique! I like giving books with fresh premises like this a chance.

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GALENA said...

alway searching for a great read an this looks like one

krstrpp said...

I saw Susan Casey's interview on the Daily Show. The book looks fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win a copy. (krstrpp at hotmail dot com)

CEB said...

I saw an interview that she did on one of the late night shows. I think it was Conan, but I don't know. Anyway, it sold me on the book.

Renee G said...

I would love to read this.
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vmkids said...

I would love to win

Meredith said...

Sounds fascinating! I haven't ready many books about the surfing world!

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~Sophie~ said...

This book sounds fantastic!

Anonymous said...

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lezanac said...

I would like the chance to read this lezanac@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great read!
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Erin G said...

Sounds like a good book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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nhmoose99 said...

Would love the chance to win this book!!

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Becky said...

I would love to read this...sounds like a great book.

loni said...

Sounds like a great book...count me in please

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Anonymous said...

I like the cover

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George Ferris said...

This sounds like a must-read book.
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purango said...

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Khyla said...

heyy this books interesting so love to read it

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Atreau said...

I'm a fan of Laird Hamilton and would love to read this!