In the past few weeks, we’ve given away a thriller, a love story, standout paperbacks and loot from the Romance Writers of America. Today, I thought it’d be nice to do something a little different. This one is for all you fans of the truth, and nothing but the truth.
We’re giving away four of our favorite nonfiction books from the spring and summer:
Ben Mezrich—the author of the book that inspired The Social Network—investigates the craziest heist you’ve never heard of in Sex on the Moon. (Hint: It involves NASA.)
Tracy Daugherty examines the life of Joseph Heller—author of Catch-22—as well as traces the reception and impact of his novels (and not only the big one). More than just a biography, Just One Catch illuminates the post-World War II culture of American fiction.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the follow-up to the James Carroll’s best-selling Constantine’s Sword, tells the story of the holy city. Caroll’s argument: “Jerusalem, as city and concept, is the source of both ‘good religion’ and ‘bad religion’ in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.” (Perhaps this is where I should warn you that some readers might find this book controversial!)
Ever wondered about the man who was the “king of the wild frontier”? In David Crockett, Michael Wallis explores the political and military career and family history of this mythical figure—one of America’s first celebrity heroes.
TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post telling us about a real-life person or event that should be turned into a nonfiction book. (Could be your grandmother’s life story, the crime that gripped your small town, an obscure historical figure . . .)
CONTEST DETAILS: One winner will be chosen by random.org from among entries received by 6 pm CST on August 19. The winner will receive hardcovers of Sex on the Moon, Just One Catch, Jerusalem, Jerusalem and David Crockett. Prize must be shipped to a North American address.
ETA: Congratulations to our winner, Mary Lou! She would love to write a book about her husband, though she jokes that “the family might be the only ones to read it.”
Thank you to all who entered! Contest is now closed.