Tuesday, April 19, 2011


I've been thinking about this book so much for the past three and a half years it seems almost inconceivable that I haven't actually had a real copy in my hands yet, but...you guys.  YOU GUYS.

I had to get a few advance copies to bring with me to Iowa. Aside from the reading, did I mention that I'm participating in a book fair there?  Oh, yeah, guess I forgot about that.  Uh... I'll be at a book fair!  Just like a real fair, but most likely no funnel cake or pony rides!  So really kind of a crappy fair overall!  (Just kidding.  It will be fun.  Go to the fair.  I will give out lollipops--totally serious.  Also I'm giving out these bookmarks, so hello, swag city, please stop by.)

The book looks good.  It feels good.  It looks good with the dust jacket, and it looks handsome without the dust jacket.  (This is important.  I don't like to read books with jackets on them, they are too slippery.)  It's all at once completely familiar and totally amazing.

And the inside looks good too.  I mean, I'm assuming.  I can't really read it through like a normal person--I put a moratorium on that a while ago because even after it went to the printer I kept picking through it and micro-editing it in my mind.  I'm a noodler and a perfectionist by nature, so probably I'll always feel like that.  But I do think there's one part I got just right.

Don't forget, people near Iowa City--meet up Friday night at Sanctuary Restaurant and Pub!  They are supposed to have really excellent beer, and I have already ordered the steamed cilantro mussels off the menu because I want to eat the messiest, most odiferous thing off the menu straight off.  That way, if you stick around, I know we'll be friends.  Come hang out after the reading at Prairie Lights, 8:30pm until whenever.


  1. Anonymous7:54 PM


  2. Anonymous7:55 PM

    Not fair! You get a copy before we do?! I kid. CONGRATULATIONS! The book looks great and I can't WAIT to read it! And you dedication gave me the warm fuzzies. Very sweet. =)

    MS1 from CA

  3. Awesome! Congrats! I, too, take the dust jackets off, because I skeeve shiny surfaces when they accumulate fingerprints and debris.

  4. I'm swooning. I hope you're thrilled. You should be.

    E. www.mezzomedical.blogspot.com

  5. Cheri8:33 PM

    Congratulations! I'm so excited for you!

  6. Anonymous8:38 PM

    Just pre-ordered it! In GA, hoping you will be promoting in ATL...

  7. Anonymous12:06 AM

    Congrats! Always feels good to hold the finished product of hard work. It looks great!

  8. Anonymous12:21 AM

    Congratulations! I've been counting down the days for when it appears on my kindle! I've also been promoting it w/ various classmates at school. I hope it does well (I'm sure it will!) - OMS II, NV

  9. Anonymous8:02 AM

    If you hand out Fentanyl lollipops I bet even more people will come!

    I'm looking forward to the book. Congratulations!


  10. Anonymous8:22 AM

    ive been reading your blog for years. i can't wait to read your book:)

  11. Anonymous3:50 PM

    I've been reading since 2000 when Wellesley had a link to your blog from its alumnae site, and I'm so excited to read your book. If you do come to Boston, I would second the Brookline Booksmith recommendation (very close to the medical area), and I'd encourage you to speak at Wellesley too. The dedications are so sweet, and I'm sure reading this book will someday be such a gift for your kids. --one of the Dower Sara(h)s

  12. is there a way those of not anywhere near where you will be can get a bookmark too? I am 100% sure you won't be coming to Canada... :)

  13. It's sooo pretty! And so white! Like...fresh from the autoclave bed linens..?

    Congratulations Michelle! Definitely ordering the book from the Philippines. :)