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Welcome to another ARC Roundup! I apologize for my recent absence — I’ve been pretty busy lately. I’ve also been missing out on doing book reviews since I’ve put myself on an ARC ban. I got NINE books for Christmas and have been slowly making my way through them (recently finished the Twilight series and am now delving into The Lord of the Rings trilogy). But that doesn’t mean you guys shouldn’t be able to scoop up everything I’m missing out on!

And don’t forget to check out Literophilia’s Picks — they’re highlighted in hot pink so you can’t possibly miss them. )

  • An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage

“The bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses brilliantly charts how foods have transformed human culture through the ages. Throughout history, food has acted as a catalyst of social change, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict, and economic expansion. An Edible History of Humanity is a pithy, entertaining account of how a series of changes — caused, enabled, or influenced by food — has helped to shape and transform societies around the world.” On Sale: 5.12.09.

From the Library Journal:
“Standage’s previous book, A History of the World in 6 Glasses, theorized that the titular six drinks were reflections of the eras in which they were created. In this new work, he instead shows how one of humanity’s most vital needs (hunger) didn’t simply reflect but served as the driving force behind transformative and key events in history. Dividing the vast subject into six general sections (such as food’s role in the development of societies and social hierarchies, its impact on population and industrialization, and its uses as a weapon both on the battlefield and off), Standage illustrates each section with historical examples and observations.”

To request a copy: E-mail marketing@bloomsburyusa.com with the title of the book in your subject.

BONUS!: Read about the book straight from the source on the author’s blog, TomStandage.com (also housed here on WordPress)! He’s posted about the book a couple of times now (like this entry) and he’s posted some professional reviews of the book here.

Double Bonus!: Follow Tom on Twitter!

  • 513ydt5jytl_sl500_aa240_Valeria’s Last Stand by Marc Fitten

“Marc Fitten, the editor of the Chattahoochee Review, makes his debut as a novelist with Valeria’s Last Stand. Publishers Weekly says ‘Life in an isolated Hungarian village is turned upside down by an unusual love affair in Fitten’s promising debut. In the small hamlet of Zivatar, 68-year-old Valeria is known by all as a cantankerous woman, quick to criticize everything from the produce at the market to the mayor’s lofty ambitions to lure foreign investors to the town. But a chance encounter one day with the elderly local potter-a man Valeria has known for years but never noticed-changes everything.’” On Sale: 4.28.09.

From the Library Journal:
“In this warmly amusing first novel, true love overtakes a grumpy old woman in Hungary, and her remote village is thrown into an uproar. Feared harridan Valeria falls for the local potter, a hapless widower content to make plates for his local customers. The potter has been seeing the woman who runs the bar where all the local men hang out, and she soon becomes jealous of Valeria… Throughout, the other villagers and bar patrons form a kind of Greek chorus. In the end, true love will conquer all, even though it might be injured a little by a broken beer bottle. Enjoyable and poignant, this work is recommended.”

To request a copy: E-mail marketing@bloomsburyusa.com with the title of the book in your subject.

  • 51kxwqdvkl_sl500_aa240_1Strength In What Remains by Tracy Kidder

“From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Mountains Beyond Mountains comes the extraordinary true story of a young man and his will to survive. In this remarkable book, New York Times bestselling author Tracy Kidder once again delivers the masterful story of a hero for these modern times.

Deo grew up in the mountains of Burundi, and survived a civil war and genocide before seeking a new life in America. In New York City he lived homeless in Central Park before finding his way to Columbia University. But Deo’s story really begins with his will to turn his life into something truly remarkable; he returns to his native country to help people there, as well as people in the United States.

An extraordinary writer, Kidder has the remarkable ability to show us what it means to be fully human, and to tell the unadorned story of a life based on hope. Riveting and inspiring, this may be his most magnificent work to date. Strength in What Remains is a testament to the power of will and friendship, and of the endurance of the soul.” On sale 8.25.09.

To request a copy: Fill out this form on Random House’s website.

  • 0505-52770-7_b The Dangerous Book For Demon Slayers by Angie Fox

Seriously. Why does a new hair dryer have a twelve-page how-to manual, but when it comes to ancient demon-fighting hocus-pocus, my biker witch granny gives me just half a dozen switch stars and a rah-rah speech? Oh, and a talking terrier, but that’s another story. It’s not like my job as a preschool teacher prepared me for this kind of thing.

So I’ve decided to write my own manual, The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers, because no one tells me anything. Dimitri, my ‘protector,’ may be one stud of a shape-shifting griffin, but he always thinks he can handle everything by himself. Only he’s no match for the soul-stealing succubi taking over Las Vegas. If I can’t figure out how to save him — and Sin City — there’ll be hell to pay.” On sale 4.28.09.

To request a copy: Send an e-mail to egalloway@dorchesterpub.com with the title of the book as your subject and your mailing address in the body.

BONUS!: Check out Angie’s blog (another one housed here at wordpress.com) for more info on the book, giveaways and more! She’s also on Twitter, but she seems kind of quiet.