Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Freebie: Emotional Rescue by Ben Greenman

Congratulations to Lisa Murray and Ben Gabriel, winners of last week’s Friday Freebie giveaway: Champion of the World by Chad Dundas.

This week’s book contest is for Emotional Rescue by Ben Greenman. Subtitled Essays on Love, Loss, and LifeWith a Soundtrack, the book has garnered early praise from the likes of Questlove, who says: “Reading Emotional Rescue is like peeking into a stranger’s playlist when he’s not around, and then talking to him about it when he is around. Music is the kind of thing that should be felt, discussed, and digested, and Ben Greenman does that here—all the while making the case that pop music (all kinds of it, from hip-hop to country, from power-pop to blues) teaches us everything we know about human relationships. I have always known how much he cares about pop music, and now I know why.” Emotional Rescue will be released in early August but I have a hardcover copy available for one lucky reader now. Will it be you? Here’s more about the book....

What songs have made up your life’s soundtrack? Which have captured your every mood and deepest sentiments? Pop music, like no other form of entertainment or art, is capable of articulating our feelings, desires, joy, and pain. In a few soul-grabbing minutes, artists from every genre—from Little Richard to Lou Reed, Willie Nelson to Wu-Tang Clan, Sly and the Family Stone to the Rolling Stones—can help us understand our place in our own lives. This collection of short, sharp essays by New York Times bestselling author Ben Greenman (Celebrity ChekhovMo’ Meta Blues), organized around a thematic playlist of songs, serves as a reminder of the lyrical power of songwriting and the sonic ability of pop to capture the human experience. Greenman’s wit, insight, and honesty are as sweet and satisfying as the hits (and the deep cuts) at the center of each essay.

If you’d like a chance at winning Emotional Rescue, simply email your name and mailing address to

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line. Please include your mailing address in the body of the e-mail. One entry per person, please. Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on July 14, at which time I’ll draw the winning name. I’ll announce the lucky reader on July 15. If you’d like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week newsletter, simply add the words “Sign me up for the newsletter” in the body of your email. Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party (except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending Friday Freebie winners copies of the book).

Want to double your odds of winning? Get an extra entry in the contest by posting a link to this webpage on your blog, your Facebook wall or by tweeting it on Twitter. Once you’ve done any of those things, send me an additional e-mail saying “I’ve shared” and I’ll put your name in the hat twice.

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