i-9dc84d4d9156dccb30d5f62466b4219a-swblocks.jpgI’m very busy this week, with visitors to our department, a stack of grading, and the usual drive to do more research and be a better mommy. Alice isn’t in any better shape. I was wondering how I was going to write anything for the blog. And I was also contemplating a bookshelf full of books I’ll never have time to read. A ha! I’ll give the books to better homes via my blog…now that’s effective multi-tasking.

Three times this week, I’ll be giving away a book from my shelf to the first reader who promises to read the book in a timely fashion (<6 months) and report back with a review on their blog or a guest-posted review here. The announcement of each book title will go up at randomly selected times of day (random if you trust Excel's rand() function). To claim the book, simply be the first commenter to solemnly promise to read and review it. Then send your snail mail address to science (dot) woman (at) google's mail. All snail mail addresses will be strictly confidential.


The first book in our giveaway is “What are you optimistic about?” The book is subtitled “Today’s leading thinkers on why things are good and getting better.” It’s edited by John Brockman, with contributions by Jared Diamond, Steven Pinker, Brian Greene, Richard Dawkins, …

Who wants it?


  1. #1 Courtney
    March 31, 2009

    Ooh, me, me!

  2. #2 Joel Bass
    March 31, 2009

    I solemnly vow to read the book, within the next month, and review it upon my book blog, which can be found here:

    Seriously, this has been on my list for a year! Okay, I wasn’t first, but my solemnity was almost painful, don’t you think?

  3. #3 Jenn, PhD
    March 31, 2009

    Drat! Missed it, but it looks like a good one… cool idea.

  4. #4 ScienceWoman
    March 31, 2009

    Courtney gets the book IF she sends me her snail mail address in the next few days. Otherwise, Joel Bass’s solemn vows will earn him the book.

  5. #5 watch movies
    March 31, 2009

    thanks for sharing.

  6. #6 Courtney
    April 1, 2009

    I sent my snail-mail addy. Please let me know if it didn’t get there. 🙂

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