Urban Daddy Exclusive: Father’s Day Giveaway

I’ve never done this before and I’m really excited to have my first every giveaway just in time for Father’s Day and this giveaway is actually something that if I got for father’s day, I would be pretty excited about.

2010 marked the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain‘s death and in celebration of this important milestone and in honor of the cherished tradition of publishing Mark Twain’s works, UC Press published the Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1.  This book represents the first of a projected three-volume edition of the complete, uncensored autobiography.

To the surprise of many–but not us dads–the book became an immediate bestseller and was hailed as the capstone of the life’s work of America’s favorite author.

In its original form, the book could viewed as a bit “intimidating” for some readers, containing over 700 pages, significant scholarly notations, and weighs in at just over four pounds in weight!

So with the 100th anniversary just passing and in response to well-received feedback – just in time for Father’s Day – the publisher has released AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN, VOLUME 1, READER’S EDITION (UC Press, March 2012) which provides the bestselling text in a form that is convenient for the general reader.

Here is what Dads will love about the new Reader’s Edition:

  • It’s portable
  • It is a paperback
  • It is written in larger type
  • It is without any editorial explanations
  • Includes an exclusive excerpt from Volume 2

Even with all these slimming changes, there is no downsizing in content. In addition to the full, uncensored biography, READER’S EDITION features a brief introduction describing the evolution of Mark Twain’s ideas about writing his autobiography, a chronology of his life, and brief family biographies.

Readers will also get an exclusive look at what is to come with an excerpt from the highly anticipated Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2-a controversial but characteristically humorous attack on Christian doctrine.

This updated major literary event brings to readers, admirers, and scholars the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain’s authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave as he intended.

Here is what Esquire had to say about this book; “So the Autobiography of Mark Twain, what with being The Dad Book of the Year and all, is apparently flying off the shelves faster than bookstores can stock it.”

I have a copy of the MARK TWAIN, VOLUME 1, READER’S EDITION, for one lucky reader and all you have to do if jump through a ring of fire and walk across a tightrope over an active volcano.

No seriously…  All you need to do is comment as to why you would like the copy I received  to giveaway and then either go to twitter and re-tweet this post or like my Facebook page.  If you don’t have twitter of Facebook that’s okay too.  My Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Urban-Daddy/109554365740659?sk=messages_inbox&action=read&tid=id.247493495355537#!/pages/Urban-Daddy/109554365740659 and there is a link to it on the right side of my blog.  My twitter account is @urbandaddyblog.

I’m going to be diving into my copy soon and hopefully I can get the copy off to the winner on this weekend, so please if you are interested, let me know on this blog post by midnight Saturday night, June 9th, 2012.  I will put all those interested into a hat and have one of my kids pull out the winner so it will be totally random, then I will reach out to that winner for their address.

Good luck to all.


2 thoughts on “Urban Daddy Exclusive: Father’s Day Giveaway

  1. Taking the "Twain" June 3, 2013 / 12:19 am

    Hey there,

    I know this post is old, but I just finished reading that book, and I love Mark Twain. I think he should be mandatory reading for all children, everywhere.

    Question for you, UD? Did you read it, or have you read it?


    (School-teacher at a boys only school for 23 years!)


    • The Urban Daddy June 3, 2013 / 2:03 pm

      Hi Marta,

      No worries about leaving comments on older posts, as I still receive notification.

      I have not read it as of yet (shame). I have been super-busy with kids, and career and when I do get 15 minutes to sit down I’m usually fast asleep.

      I would love to read it though… Maybe in the summer. Who know.


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