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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How to Win This MP3-CD Audiobook

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

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.

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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.

Read the full description.

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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How to Win This MP3-CD Audiobook

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

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.

November 2016 Audiobook Giveaway of Death in Yellowstone

Death in Yellowstone

Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness
in the First National Park

By Lee H. Whittlesey
Read by Stephen R. Thorne

From Lee H. Whittlesey comes the updated edition of the classic Death in Yellowstone. Armchair travelers and park visitors alike will be fascinated by this important book detailing the dangers awaiting in our first national park. Read the full description.

“Whittlesey’s already gripping account of accidents and foolhardiness in Yellowstone is now updated, more comprehensive, and all the more fascinating.”
—Dr. Michael Yochim, author of Protecting Yellowstone

“The most fascinating book ever written about Yellowstone Park and its environs.”
Journal Of The West

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How to Win This MP3-CD Audiobook
1. Send an email to contests@tantor.com
2. Put the word “Foolhardiness” in the subject line.

Entries must be received by November 30, 2016. Open to US only.

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Congratulations! To Jennifer Essad, winner of last month’s giveaway of
The Heavens May Fall. Thank you to all that entered.

October 2016 Audiobook Giveaway of The Heavens May Fall

Featuring three characters from the bestselling book-club favorite The Life We Bury, Allen Eskens’s novel The Heavens May Fall explores a riveting murder case told from two opposing perspectives.

“Eskens keeps the reader guessing as the tale takes several unexpected twists before reaching the satisfying denouement.” —Publishers Weekly

The Heavens May FallRead the full description.

The Heavens May Fall
By Allen Eskens
Read by R. C. Bray, David Colacci, and Amy McFadden

 

 

 

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How to Win This MP3-CD Audiobook

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

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

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Congratulations! To Donna, winner of last month’s giveaway of Island. Thank you to all that entered.

September 2016 Audiobook Giveaway of Aldous Huxley’s Island

 

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By Aldous Huxley
Read by Simon Vance
Read the full description.

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How to Win This MP3-CD Audiobook

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

Entries must be received by September 30, 2016. Open to US only.

___________________________________________________________________________In his final novel, which he considered his most important; Aldous Huxley transports us to the remote Pacific island of Pala, where an ideal society has flourished for 120 years.

“[Island] holds the charm of Huxley’s cultured prose and fertile mind.” The Guardian

“A mirror for modern man.” Saturday Review

ROAD TRIP!

By Deborah Fleet, Audio Proofreader (MLIS)

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National Park Service Photo

Summer has arrived, and I am thinking about traveling, and all the travel I have done. What about you? Amazingly, I have gone cross country in an old beat up van, crossing from Southeastern Massachusetts and doing my version of the Oregon Trail winding up in Butte Falls, Oregon, where my brother lived 3 miles in off a dirt logging trail. On said trip we mostly boondocked – slept in the van by the side of the road, or at rest stops along the way. This was the early 70’s. Said van suffered a cracked windshield and collapsed roof, as well as losing the universal joint on the Fourth of July! There were bee stings in Chicago, running from tornadoes in Iowa, and the transmission let go in Yosemite. But I also saw Devil’s Tower made famous in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, prairie dogs, geysers and hot pots, ‘Old Faithful’, smelled sulfurous odors, and saw magnificent waterfalls. I was also asked by my traveling companion, while we were somewhere out in Wyoming at Yellowstone, “Hey, why don’t you get a photo of that moose and her baby!” Okay, I was not too bright. I got the picture, but was certainly glad that mama never got caught of my scent along the way. This was an enlightening road trip to see the National Parks. Those were the days before audio books were available, I am not even sure if we had an 8 track player in the car. I know we had a CB radio, and lots of static on the car radio.

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TantorGives! Walk to End Homelessness

By Deborah Fleet, Audio Proofreader (MLIS)

As a kid, I remember pouting when not getting my way,  tying up some cookies, and small toys in an old bandana and tying it to a long stick, pretending to be a hobo and “running away.” I played outside a long time, then when I wanted to go back in the house, my mother had locked me out.

“I thought you were running away?” my mother said.

“I was just playing.” I said.

She unlocked the door, and let me come back home.

artformastheadNLHHSFor many, the door is closed. Homeless people are standing outside the door, and most often, nobody is letting them in. Locally, the New London Homeless Hospitality Center is opening the door for those who need it most. TantorGives! is partnering with them to help stamp out local homelessness, and lend a helping hand.

The mission of TantorGives! is to provide opportunities to give back to the community through fun, charitable initiatives, and to foster a spirit of teamwork and volunteerism among Tantor employees. Last year we held bake sales, gathered school supplies, and holiday gifts for needy children, supported individual causes and joined many other events.

Team Tantor is comprised of employees and family members who join together for various causes. This time, it is to fight homelessness. We invite you to join TantorGives! logoTeam Tantor at the 9th annual Walk to End Homelessness on Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. in New London. The walk benefits the New London Homeless Hospitality Center. Last year, the event had 250 walkers and raised more than $9,000. It’s a 2-mile walk over easy terrain. Consider joining us at Team Tantor, and help raise funds for this important cause.

Follow this link to support Team Tantor and the 9th annual Walk to End Homelessness 2016.

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Frances Perkins and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

By Iain Martin

Image_of_Triangle_Shirtwaist_Factory_fire_on_March_25_-_1911The people are what matter to government, and a government should aim to give all the people under its jurisdiction the best possible life. –Frances Perkins

This month marks the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan, New York City on March 25, 1911. It was the deadliest industrial fire in U.S. history killing 146 workers, mostly immigrant women under the age of 25. The event was a catalyst to create laws that enforced minimum standards for safer working conditions.

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10 Tips for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

From a Narrator Who Has Made It through Several.
By Graham Halstead

In no particular order…

  • Find your crew. All good zombie apocalypse survivors have a close-knit crew of two or three battle-hardened companions they can rely on. Find yours and keep them close.
  • Kill it. Kill it dead. In the zombie apocalypse, remember the classic mistake of the supervillain vs. the hero: This is no time for monologuing, taunting, or otherwise carrying on. If you have a kill shot—take it.
  • Secure your homestead. Whether it’s a string fence with cans tied on to make noise, a barbed wire and chain link affair, or even shipping containers laid end to end—make safe the castle. Everyone needs a home base and its security can make or break your struggling community.
  • Don’t trust strangers. Only the living can help you in the fight against the undead hordes, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also be your undoing. Never let your guard down, trust your instincts, and keep your weapons handy.
  • There’s always a zombie. You’re exploring a new area for your blossoming community to inhabit; you’re scavenging a warehouse for food and supplies; you’re looking through the library for that last Hunger Games book you never got to read: guess what? There’s always a zombie. Don’t ever think just because it’s quiet, that you may have found the one place that lucked out and missed the zombie takeover. Trust me, you didn’t. Also, look behind you.
  • Never forget what makes us human. Just because it’s the zombie apocalypse and it seems like The Purge may finally be here, never forget your human decency and decorum. It’s what separates us from them, and in the end, acting humanely will go a long way to helping convince your fellow survivors that you too belong in the brave new world you’re fighting to create.
  • Don’t lose your head. You may think this goes without saying, but many a survivor can lose their cool at the most inopportune moment. Yes, it’s the end of the world. Yes, things do not look great. But by golly, you ARE somebody darn it, and you can do it. Keep your calm and use your noggin. It’s the best weapon you have against the brainless.
  • Lighten up. Yeah, okay. Killing zombies all day can get pretty depressing. But life’s short these days, and you might as well make the most of it. Kick back once in awhile and try to blow off some steam. You know what they say: all zombie-killing and no play makes Jack a dull boy…
  • Know thy zombie. Zombies come in all shapes and sizes, speeds and threat levels. Learn how to handle walkers, runners, crawlers, and more, and you’ll be more than prepared for whatever the end of the world has in store.
  • Keep your gun close, and your stabbing tool of choice closer. Guns are a great tool for putting down the undead, but most situations are helped by a little stealth and strategy. Guns are loud and will draw the attention of the dead—and the living.  Plus there’s only so many bullets out there and this ain’t your grandma’s action/adventure film. Keep a knife or pick somewhere close at hand. Heck, get creative! Use a screwdriver or a sharpened stick to get the job done.

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Bon Appétit: Great Chef Memoirs

By Jennifer Eschrich

On February 1 the culinary world was shocked with the loss of one of its stars, chef Benoit Violier, in an apparent suicide. Violier was the executive chef of Restaurant de l’Hotel de Ville, which had been given three Michelin stars (the highest honor Michelin grants), and was recently designated by La Liste as the best restaurant in the world. The recent tragedy has brought attention back to the issue of mental health in the restaurant business. The long hours, pressure to perform at perfection level, and lifestyles of many chefs (including drug and alcohol use), make the restaurant life a breeding ground for mental illness that is ignored because of the “toughness” that is expected from its workers. A reoccurring comment in this growing conversation is how, in the age of blogs and Yelp, people are so quick to critique the food they eat without realizing the amount of work that the person behind the food put into it. So here are a couple of stories about the chefs behind the food:

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