Friday, September 19, 2008

The Book of Calamities by Peter Trachtenberg Giveaway!

About the Book: What does it mean to suffer? What enables some people to emerge from tragedy while others are spiritually crushed by it? Why do so many Americans think of suffering as something that happens to other people-who usually deserve it? These are some of the questions at the heart of this powerful book.
Combining reportage, personal narrative, and moral philosophy, Peter Trachtenberg tells the stories of grass-roots genocide tribunals in Rwanda and tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka, an innocent man on death row, and a family bereaved on 9/11. He examines texts from the Book of Job to the Bodhicharyavatara and the writings of Simone Weil. THE BOOK OF CALAMITIES is a provocative and sweeping look at one of the biggest paradoxes of the human condition--and the surprising strength and resilience of those who are forced to confront it.

I think this book sounds really good and Hachette's giving away 5 copies! Leave a comment if you're interested in winning it and you have a United States or Canadian address.

28 comments:

blueviolet said...

What a provocative topic! I would really like to read this and see where different mindsets and life philosophies are coming from. I think this would really generate some deep thought and worthwhile reflection.
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Elizabeth

Megan said...

Sounds very interesting. Please put my name in the hat.

Kristina said...

Count me in!! Thanks!

wordlily said...

Those paradoxes are so intriguing!

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windycindy said...

I have been brought up being told that "What doesn't kill me will only make me stronger!" My degree is in Psychology and topics like this really fascinate me. Seeing how people of these horrible acts of men and acts of God bounce back and begin living life again. Please enter me in your book drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
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Ronnica said...

This is definitely a relevant topic in today's society. Thanks!

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naida said...

This sounds like a great book.
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Cindy said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. Please count me in.

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darbyscloset said...

I've seen this book before and would enjoy having a copy to read.
BTW, I am in the US.
Thank you for making all of this week's activities possible!!!
Darby
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Julie P. said...

Sounds pretty interesting! Count me in!

Amber said...

I agree - it does sound interesting. I'd not heard of this one.

Tammy said...

I'm intrigued, please enter me for this one.

Kim and Jason said...

I think this sounds very fascinating, please enter me for this contest.

Thanks!
Kimberly

Ruby B (angelleslament @ gmail.com) said...

Sounds like a rather fascinating book and one that would be fun to read during the coming cold weather...

Rebekah (the_littleminx) said...

I think I've heard of this one before, but I haven't read it myself. Would love the chance to though. Please enter me!
Thanks :P

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Alyce said...

In light of all of the tragedies that occur around the world, I think this would be an educational read.

nbbaker1102 said...

I'd like to give this one a try.

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Tara said...

oh pick me! This book sounds amazing.

Shelly Burns said...

Sounds very interesting! Please enter me.

raych said...

I am so much interested! This sounds terribly interesting.

Jen - devourer of books said...

This definitely sounds interesting, enter me please.

Dina said...

This sounds like a book we all could learn something from.

Please enter me also.

Thanks,
Dina

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Literary Feline said...

Count me in!

grayskyeyes said...

This book sounds great!

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

Serena said...

This sounds like a very educational and emotional book. I would love to win a copy of this. I am intrigued by books that take a look at recent conflicts and tragedies.

Rue said...

I'm definitely interested. Sounds like it would be a good book with useful insights.

Natasha said...

Ooooh!! It sounds like a very interesting read! I love stories detailing the human condition - and would be interested to see how those 'questions' are addressed!
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Booklogged said...

I've heard good things about this book. Would love to win it.

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