Giveaway: Paperback Edition of Stir by Jessica Fechtor

April 6, 2016

Stir Paperback Cover - Food in Jars

One of my favorite books of 2015 was Jessica Fechtor’s Stir. It is memoir-with-recipes that tells of her brain aneurism at the age of 28, and her grueling but successful recuperation. An avid cook and joyful eater prior to the aneurism, the book is the story of her recovery and the ways in which food brought her back to herself as her wounded brain and body healed.

Stir Paperback Back - Food in Jars

I read the book in just a day and half last summer, and mentioned it briefly on the blog last fall. Today, the paperback version of Stir came out (complete with a pretty new cover featuring the author!) and when I was offered a chance to give away a copy of that edition, I said yes immediately. After all, I’m always delighted to have a chance to shine a light on work that I love.

Stir Paperback Spine - Food in Jars

I have one copy of this wonderful book to give away. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me something you’ve read recently that you loved.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, April 9, 2016. A winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, April 10, 2016.
  3. Giveaway open to United States only (so sorry!). Void where prohibited.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: Avery (the publisher) sent me the copy of the paperback you see here in the hopes that I might post about it and they’re providing the giveaway unit. No additional compensation was provided. 

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149 thoughts on "Giveaway: Paperback Edition of Stir by Jessica Fechtor"

  • I recently read Tina Fey’s Bossypants and LOVED it! I’m a big fan of memoirs and cookbooks… this sounds like a perfect combo!

  • I only started it last night, but I’m already in love with Cory Booker’s “United.” His humility, empathy, and boundless love for his fellow man come across loud and clear in his writing, and it’s impossible not to read it and feel inspired.

  • “From the Ground Up” – Jeanne Nolan. About a woman who saves a garden, but it really saves her in return. Excellent read.

  • I just finished reading ‘When Breath Becomes Air’, which was a very powerful read. It was written by a neurosurgeon who was just finishing his full training when he was diagnosed with a terminal cancer.

  • I recently picked up a copy of A Wilder Life: A Season-by-season Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors by Celestine Maddy. I love this book… from the texture of the cover to the beautiful images captured within.

  • I just finished reading the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I’m always trying to find a new method for decluttering. It was a great book.

  • I’m loving watching the tractors plow the field in anticipation of planting time. I also got a new study bible for my birthday which I’ve been loving. And I’m loving a new gf/low carb peanut butter cake that I made that I will never be able to keep in the house without guests to help me eat it. Spring is in the air!

  • A family member had a brain hemorrhage recently. Sounds like this book may have helpful information!

  • I just finished The Girl I Left Behind, by Judith Nies, a memoir about her experiences working as a congressional staffer in DC in the 60s, one of the first women to do so.

  • I just read The Dovekeepers. by Alice Hoffman. A beautiful and touching story. I’m recommending it to everyone.

  • A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert about Rose Wilder Lane who wrote the Laura Ingalls and Little House on the Prairie books.

  • Lol…I’m actually reading Food in Jars…long time on my wish list and finally in my hands. It lead me to this blog and posting. Thank you for all your beautiful and inspiring work!!

  • I have been reading everything I can get my hands on by Mary Carter, 3 books since discovering her in Feb. Loved them all, The Pub Across the Pond, The things I do For You, My Sister’s Voice, and now Sunnyside Blues, each book different, and wonderful

  • Not about what I am reading, but this post really hit me. My daughter has struggled with heroin addiction for years, finally ending up in the hospital for two months with bacterial menengitis and a massive heart infection. But before that – always I had good, wholesome homecooked food available for her, all the time for years. And she ate it. She always came over for food. Doctor was surprised at her general health given her “lifestyle” and credited that constant healthy food as part of why she stayed alive. She loved that homemade whole pasta!

  • “Being Mortal” by Dr, Atul Gawande. Loved it. I started it on the day I found out a coworker’s young wife had died of cancer, so I had to put it away for a couple of days, but am so very glad I picked it up again, especially as a dear friend of mine comes to grips with the mortality of his ailing parents.

    Gawande is a wonderful writer, who brings into the light the humanity of our physicians & surgeons, and in this book, he is at his best.

    “Stir” sounds amazing…I’ve added it to my Amazon wish list in case I don’t win 🙂

  • I’m currently reading “Overdressed: The shockingly high cost of cheap fashion” — I got a free copy; it’s pretty interesting.

  • I recently read Lake House by Kate Morton. I enjoy historical fiction and Moron does it well every time.

  • Currently reading a wonderful series by Lauraine Snelling (historical fiction) about Norwegian immigrants to the US. It’s in my heritage, so fascinating to me. I’m collecting quite a list of good reads from the postings and will have to read Stir whether or not i win. My son-in-law (daughter, too!) is dealing with the effects of a severe hemorrhagic stroke. Thank you!

  • Currently I am reading, “Georgialina” by Tom Poland. Tom was raised in Georgia and lived in South Caroliana. This is a book about the South that he remembers growing up. I am enjoying it greatly.
    Thank you for your giveaway offer!

  • The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo – it is laugh out loud funny in places with a narrator/heroine who works her way into your heart. Highly recommend.

  • I just finished reading “Twelve Recipes” by Cal Peternell. It has many great recipes and was written for his son who is in college . It’s a very good book for a beginner cook or a well seasoned one like myself.

  • The last book that I read that I finished and had to take a day off reading after (I call it my “good book hangover”) was Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

  • Not food-related, but I’ve been super into Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. My toddler has been super into the not-painful-to-read-every-night Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin.

  • I recently read “Still Alice” – very powerful, and actually terrifying look at Alzheimer’s. And “Footsteps in the Snow” – about a 1957 kidnapping & murder in Sycamore IL – the case was recently in the news as the man convicted in the 50+ year cold-case attempts to gain his release from prison.

  • A year or so behind everone else but I’m reading The life changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo. About to start a major clean out!

  • I loved “The Boys in the Boat”, a nonfiction work about self-reliance, overcoming the odds, and winning gold at the Berlin Olympics.

  • I’m only just now starting to have time to read again after finishing grad school recently. The last non-school book I read was Middlesex, which I highly recommend!

  • I have been reading classic detective novels lately, but am now reading Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer which is making me laugh quite a bit. It’s probably the fourth or fifth memoir-type book I’ve read about different farming experiences!

  • Hi I just read Adventures in Yarn FArming, interesting if you like wool Ann yarn.
    Love your blog.

  • I am reading Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. Then I will be moving onto Library of Souls. This sounds like a really great book.

  • I just finished Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan while on a cocoa sourcing trip to Venezuela. The book was both enthralling and educational. The brain is such a mystery. I highly recommend it!

  • We’ve been rereading Winnie the Pooh with the kids. It really is a wonderful book for grown-ups, too.