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December 5, 2011

Today's Featured Title and Contest December 5, 2011
This Special Newsletter spotlights a book to consider as a holiday gift selection. Read more about it and enter our Holiday Cheer Daily Contest to win a copy of the book. Please note that each contest is only open for 24 hours, so you will need to act quickly!
Today's Featured Book and Contest: AMERICA'S GREAT RAILROAD STATIONS by Roger Straus III, Ed Breslin and Hugh Van Dusen
For much of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the railroad station or depot was the communal hub of every American town that could boast of train service. There, citizens gathered before they sent loved ones off to college, marriage, or war --- and where they greeted them on their return. Most of these buildings were architectural gems, and while many are still in service, certain others now house museums, banks, restaurants and more. In fact, in cities like Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, renovated stations are destinations unto themselves even for those not boarding the train. And in other places, whole sections of towns have been remade around these structures, restoring their vitality in novel and interesting ways long after the last train has left the station.

In AMERICA'S GREAT RAILROAD STATIONS, award-winning photographer Roger Straus III, and two lifelong railroad buffs, Ed Breslin and Hugh Van Dusen, join forces to tell the astonishing story of these enduring structures and the important role they still play in the country's landscape. Journeying from the Pennsylvania Railroad to the Union Pacific to Michigan Central and more, readers will be dazzled by the Beaux Arts monuments of New York and the adobe buildings of the Southwest. Filled with both new and archival photographs and drawings, this volume is a glorious salute to the institution that transformed our nation.

-Click here to read more about the book.

Click here to enter the contest by noon ET on Tuesday, December 6th.
What to Give, What to Get: A Holiday Shopping Suggestion Guide

Headed out to do some holiday shopping? Before you go, check out our What to Give, What to Get feature with ideas in four categories.

This year's featured categories are:

-Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Cookbooks, Entertaining Guides and Culinary Tales
-Faces & Places: Biography, Memoir and History
-Great Choices for Booklovers: Fiction and Nonfiction Highlights
-Holiday Spirit: Perfect Selections for Holiday Reading


Click here to see our "What to Give, What to Get" Gift Guide.

This is a special daily newsletter for our Holiday Cheer Daily Contest, which will mail Monday through Wednesday until December 14th. This newsletter is separate from our weekly newsletter, which mails every Friday. You can subscribe to that newsletter here.

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