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December 7, 2011

Today's Featured Title and Contest December 7, 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: SWEETNESS: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton, by Jeff Pearlman

At five feet ten inches tall, running back Walter Payton was not the largest player in the NFL, but he developed a larger-than-life reputation for his strength, speed and grit. Nicknamed "Sweetness" during his college football days, he became the NFL's all-time leader in rushing and all-purpose yards, capturing the hearts of fans in his adopted Chicago.

Crafted from interviews with more than 700 sources, acclaimed sportswriter Jeff Pearlman has produced the first definitive biography of Payton. SWEETNESS at last brings fans a detailed, scrupulously researched, all-encompassing account of the legend's rise to greatness. From Payton's childhood in segregated Mississippi, where he ended a racial war by becoming the star of his integrated high school's football team, to his college years and his 13-year NFL career, SWEETNESS brims with stories of all-American heroism, and covers Payton's life off the field as well. Set against the backdrop of the tragic illness that cut his life short at just 45 years of age, this is a stirring tribute to a singular icon and the lasting legacy he made.

-Click here to read more about the book.

-Click here to read a review.

Click here to enter the contest by noon ET on Thursday, December 8th.
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 six categories.

This year's featured categories are:

- Accessories for Book Lovers: Accessories for books and eReaders
- eReaders for Book Lovers: eReading devices for book lovers
- Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Cookbooks, Entertaining Guides and Culinary Tales
- Faces & Places: Biography, Memoir and History
- Great Choices for Book Lovers: Fiction and Nonfiction Highlights
- Holiday Spirit: Perfect Selections for Holiday Reading

Click here to see our "What to Give, What to Get" Gift Guide.'s Author Holiday Blogs --- Authors Write About Their Bookish Holiday Memories

Throughout this holiday season, a number of authors will be sharing their favorite memories of giving or receiving a book at the holidays on our Holiday Blog.

Here are links to some recent posts from authors who already have shared their stories:

- Denise Hamilton on THE RUSSIANS
- BJ Daniels on Unforgettable Gifts
- Caroline Leavitt on the Blue Bookshelf
- Alan Bradley on the Gift of a Proper Book
- Charles J. Shields on the Gift of Words
- Keija Parssinen on Golden Links to her Childhood
- Teresa Medeiros on the Greatest Gift
- Alyson Richman on THE SAND LADY
- Kim Edwards on Book Gifts from her Family

Keep an eye out for reader favorites like Susan Wiggs, Sarah Addison Allen, Nancy Jensen and John Connolly, who will be posting on the blog in the weeks to come!

Click here to read's Author Holiday Blogs.

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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