Category Archives: From the Bookshelf

The Three Faces of Mick Foley’s Tag Team Career

By Dan Totten

Every wrestling fan knows the Three Faces of Mick Foley; Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude Love.  Each character brings a unique personality and style to the ring.  Like Foley himself, each has made its mark in singles competition, but also in the tag team ranks.  Foley’s tag team legacy is often overlooked, but each character had success with many different partners.  The top combos for each character:

  1. Cactus Jack and Mikey Whipwreck (Extreme Championship Wrestling) – By the time Foley debuted in ECW in 1994, he was a 10 year veteran well-known for his hardcore, risk-taking, style. Mikey Whipwreck was a 21 year old rookie who had been trained by Foley.  The team came together when Whipwreck substituted for Foley’s regular partner, Terry Funk.  From there, the duo won the ECW Tag Team Championship.  At this point the team became a reluctant partnership, predicated on Foley taking Whipwreck under his wing and teaching him, and toughening him up to, the hardcore style of wrestling ECW was known for.  Foley as the slightly unhinged, but knowledgable, veteran and Whipwreck as the scared rookie really clicked and they would go on the have two reigns as ECW Tag Champs.

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September 2017 Audiobook Giveaway of For Two Thousand Years

Mihail Sebastian’s classic 1934 novel delves into the mind of a Jewish student in Romania during the fraught years preceding World War II. Read the full description.

“His prose is like something Chekov might have written – the same modesty, candor, and subtleness of observation.” –Arthur Miller

For Two Thousand Years wonderfully captures the sense of prewar Romania in all its sophistication, its beauty, and its horror . . . I love Sebastian’s courage, his lightness, and his wit.” –John Banville, author of The Sea

 


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How to Win This MP3-CD Audiobook

  1. Send an email to contests@tantor.com
  2. Put the word “disconnected” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by Sept 30, 2017. Open to US only.
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Congratulations to Ross Goertzen, winner of last month’s giveaway of These Vicious Masks. Thank you to all that entered.

August 2017 Audiobook Giveaway of These Vicious Masks

Book 1 in the These Vicious Masks series

Jane Austen meets X-Men in this thrilling Victorian adventure full of magic and mysticism, perfect for anyone who loves a confident, rebellious heroine, snappy dialogue, and a hint of romance. Read the full description.

“This is a perfect pick for someone who wants a little magic in their Victorian novels, and its combination of historical fiction and mysticism will remind readers of Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle trilogy.” ―Booklist

 

 

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  2. Put the word “superpower” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by Aug 31, 2017. Open to US only.

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Congratulations to Lynne Neidenbach, winner of last month’s giveaway of The Many Lives of Catwoman. Thank you to all that entered.

 

June 2017 Audiobook Giveaway of I Was Told to Come Alone

In this compelling and evocative memoir, Washington Post reporter Souad Mekhennet shares her journey behind the lines of jihad, starting in the German neighborhoods where the 9/11 plotters were radicalized and the Iraqi neighborhoods where Sunnis and Shia turned against one another. Read the full description.

“Mekhennet provides an eye-opening picture.” —Kirkus

“Compelling, insightful, and shockingly relevant.” —Booklist Starred Review

I Was Told to Come Alone
By Souad Mekhennet
Read by Kirsten Potter

 

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Entries must be received by June 30, 2017. Open to US only.

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Congratulations to Janan Cheskis, winner of last month’s giveaway of A Stitch in Time. Thank you to all that entered.

May 2017 Audiobook Giveaway of A Stitch of Time

For fans of Brain on Fire and My Stroke of Insight, an incredible first-person account of one woman’s journey to regaining her language and identity after a brain aneurysm affects her ability to communicate. Read the full description.

A Stitch of Time is fascinating reading for those who want to learn how language works.”  —Dr. Temple Grandin, author of The Autistic Brain and Thinking in Pictures

“There has been over a century of research on Broca’s aphasia but few accounts of patients’ own experiences as they struggle to recover.  A Stitch of Time is a striking exception – it’s a thoughtful, introspective memoir that allows us to catch a rare glimpse of the inner mental life of such patients.” —Dr. V.S. Ramachandran, author of The Tell-Tale Brain

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2. Put the word “resilience” in the subject line.

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Congratulations to Lisa Snyder, winner of last month’s giveaway of The Sting of the Wild! Thank you to all that entered.

April 2017 Audiobook Giveaway of The Sting of the Wild

“Schmidt’s tales will prove infectiously engaging even to entomophobes.”
Publishers Weekly Starred Review

In The Sting of the Wild, entomologist Justin O. Schmidt takes us on a journey inside the lives of stinging insects, seeing the world through their eyes as well as his own. Read the full description.
 

 

 

“Not only does he explain his Schmidt Sting Pain Index, wherein he rates the pain of numerous stings on a scale of one to four, but he also relates the fascinating natural histories of these animals.” —National Geographic

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Congratulations to Ray Sutton, winner of last month’s giveaway of The Cyanide Canary! Thank you to all that entered.

March 2017 Audiobook Giveaway of The Cyanide Canary

From Robert Dugoni, the #1 Kindle bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave, and Environmental Protection Agency Special Agent Joseph Hilldorfer comes a true story of good and evil, greed and its consequences, and an elusive quest for justice. Read the full description.

“[An] electrically charged narrative . . . Top-notch nonfiction legal thriller, reminding readers of the baseline: ‘This all comes down to one thing. It’s all about money.'” –Kirkus Starred Review

“[An] enthralling legal drama . . . a fully rounded, gripping story of how environmental crime is prosecuted in the real world.” –Booklist Starred Review

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Congratulations! To Linda Townsend, winner of last month’s giveaway of The Antiques. Thank you to all that entered.

February 2017 Audiobook Giveaway of The Antiques

g1805_antiquesdagostino_aA rollicking tableau of life in all its messy complexity, The Antiques is a heartbreaking, nimble, laugh-out-loud funny send-up of modern family life.

“It’s witty and trenchant and dark and stylish, the black sheep of the family-novel genre, the one who’s not invited to Thanksgiving but crashes it anyway to the delight of the younger relatives and the horror of the elders.” —Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Johnny Valentine

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  2. Put the word “hurricane” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by February 28, 2017. Open to US only.

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Congratulations! To Lindell Martin, winner of last month’s giveaway of Steven Spielberg. Thank you to all that entered.

January 2017 Audiobook Giveaway of Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films

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“Molly Haskell, one of our most essential authorities on the movies, has written a fascinating, witty, acutely discerning book . . . Spielberg is given his proper due, and Haskell outdoes herself.”
Phillip Lopate, author of American Movie Critics

Distinguished critic Molly Haskell offers a brilliant portrait of the extraordinary director—a small, unhappy boy living through his imagination who grew into a man whose openness, generosity of spirit, and creativity have enchanted audiences for more than forty years. Read the full description.
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Entries must be received by January 31, 2017. Open to US only.

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Congratulations! To Kathy Setter, winner of last month’s giveaway of A Square Meal. Thank you to all that entered.

December 2016 Audiobook Giveaway of A Square Meal

g1628_squaremeal_aFrom the author of the acclaimed 97 Orchard and her husband, a culinary historian, an in-depth exploration of the greatest food crisis the nation has ever faced—the Great Depression—and how it transformed America’s culinary culture.

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By Jane Ziegelman & Andrew Coe
Read by Susan Ericksen

 

“Coe and Ziegelman have written an engaging social history illustrated throughout with historically authentic recipes.” —Publishers Weekly

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Entries must be received by December 31, 2016. Open to US only.

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Congratulations! To Michael Alatorre, winner of last month’s giveaway of Death in Yellowstone. Thank you to all that entered.