Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Body Shop Giveaway and BlogTalkRadio Interview

Join us as we interview
Paul Solotaroff author of THE BODY SHOP
Thursday, Aug. 5 , 2 PM ET
Publisher: Little, Brown  
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 BlogTalkRadio/HBG Program:
In this interview with Paul Solotaroff, we'll ask him about building muscles, steroids, addiction, and how much fun he had in the 70s.

Paul Solotaroff is a contributing editor at Men's Journal and Rolling Stone. He has written features for Vanity Fair, GQ, Vogue, and the New York Times Magazine, and he was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2004. His work has been included in Best American Sports Writing. The author of two books, Group and The House of Purple Hearts, he lives in New York City.

Call-in with your questions during show time to participate in the live interview @ (646) 378-0040

Listen-in or chat on the Little, Brown channel on BlogTalkRadio.

If you would like your questions to be read on air by the host or if you would like to give advanced notice of your participation during the live call, email anna.balasi@hbgusa.com.

Other links:
“Like” THE BODY SHOP on Facebook
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The Body Shop: Parties, Pills, and Pumping Iron -- Or, My Life in the Age of Muscle
The Body Shop Description:  As a scrawny college freshman in the mid-1970s, just before Arnold Schwarzenegger became a hero to boys everywhere and Pumping Iron became a cult hit, Paul Solotaroff discovered weights and steroids. In a matter of months, he grew from a dorky beanpole into a hulking behemoth, showing off his rock hard muscles first on the streets of New York City and then alongside his colorful gym-rat friends in strip clubs and in the homes of the gotham elite. It was a swinging time, when "Would you like to dance?" turned into "Your place or mine?" and the guys with the muscles had all the ladies--until their bodies, like Solotaroff''s, completely shut down.

But this isn't the gloom-and-doom addiction one might expect--Solotaroff looks back at even his lowest points with a wicked sense of humor, and he sends up the disco era and its excess with all the kaleidoscopic detail of Boogie Nights or Saturday Night Fever

Written with candor and sarcasm, THE BODY SHOP is a memoir with all the elements of great fiction and dazzlingly displays Paul Solotaroff's celebrated writing talent.


My Take on the Book:  This is one of those book that I said that I would read and review that I wasn't that sure about.  I'm not into this pumping iron culture and so I was hesitant in reading.  My decision to read this book came from the information that this book would describe some of the culture of the 70s.  I was born in 1970 (sshhhh I just turned 4-0) and I'm always fascinated with what was going on in the world at that time.  Some of that has to do with having parents who were young and living life crazily in this time.  They aren't around for me to ask so I live through books, movies, music,etc and love to soak in what was going on.  
I found this memoir clearly filled me in with that 70s cultures in a straight forward, humorous way! He cover the good and bad of his life and blowing me away with all the situations he was engaged into!  I can't wait to attend the above BlogTalkRadio show to see if his interview humor is just as engaging as his written work!
GIVEAWAY
2 copies



To enter:  Tell me something you know about (news, movies, music,etc) or did in the 70s!  (This must be done to enter the giveaway and leave an email contact) Below where you get multiple entry points please leave a separate comment for each entry. So if something is worth 10 entries then leave 10 separate entries.

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ENDS August 17th
Winners chosen by Random.org
The more you enter the greater your chance.
Open to USA and Canada readers.
Review & Giveaway copy of book given and mailed by sponsor, Hachette Book Group. 
My Take on the Book are of my own tasty words and opinions.
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