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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
who Will Ruin Your Body, Destroy Your Life, Liquefy Your Brain,
and Finally Turn You
into a Worthwhile
Human Being.

Written by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy

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We are now louse-free, as far as I know, and that's good enough for me. I will probably continue to comb Henry's hair for nits until he has children of his own, but I'm done worrying. You don't have to tell me how you thought your family was free of it and then it came back 3 quabillion times, because the helpful community that is Twitter has already told me that. For now I'm happy, okay? LET ME REJOICE! I just wrote "rejuice." Let me rejuice, while I'm at it. So refreshing.

To celebrate my family's newly unmolested scalp areas, I am giving away five (5) (V, Romans) copies of Ann Napolitano's new book, A GOOD HARD LOOK. This giveaway is not at all related to our recent drama, but I'm going to pretend it is. Because we were LOOKING HARD AND ALSO GOOD at our heads! Right? Ahahhahaahaaaaauuugh?

But let's talk about the book, which does not refer to lice, not even once. Ann emailed me a while ago to ask me if I wanted a copy, and when she mentioned that Flannery O'Connor was a character in it, that was all I needed to hear. I have a deep and abiding love for Flannery O'Connor, both as an author and what I know of her as a human being. I find her views on Catholicism especially baffling and compelling. The Habit of Being, a collection of her letters, is among my favorite books. (Speaking of which: I did this interview with Colleen Wainwright, and in it I list my other favorite books, among other things. Like what George Saunders wrote to me, once! And what my epic sixth-grade graphic novel was going to be titled!)

Once I got Ann's book I sat down to flip through it and suddenly the weekend was gone and I hadn't eaten in a long while. It's just that good. I am so bad at writing book synopses, DON'T MAKE ME DO THAT, so you'll have to take my word for it. It's a good book. And I'm not the only person who liked it! Amazon called it "heartbreakingly beautiful and inescapably human." I was going to say that until they did. THANKS, AMAZON. You want this book. I don't normally do giveaways, but I actually asked Ann if I could do one, in this case. Because you need to read this. Okay.

If you want a copy, just say so in the comments. I'll pick five commenters at random, and Penguin Press has kindly agreed to send the winners' copies, so you won't have to wait for me to get off my ass and stumble over to the post office. I must limit winners to the U.S. and Canada, as per the publisher's request. I think they hate foreigners! (They probably don't hate foreigners.) (Although they did try to limit the Canadian winners to "nobody who's too Canadian-y, if you catch our drift.") (No they didn't. I'm sorry.)

Comment! Hurry! I'll be announcing the winners in one (1) week. Good luck.

Reader Comments (334)

I would like a copy of this book. I want it enough that although I *am* Canadian, I promise to PAY for my next doctor's visit.

Oh, and also I will not eat maple syrup or play hockey for the next 24 hours.

Probably. The maple syrup thing is negotiable.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhighlyirritable

I've been following the lice saga and am happy for you all that it has cleared up! With my children all grown, I'm glad that issue of the child raising years is over. I'd love to win a copy of what looks like a good novel. Thanks for counting me in, Alice.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

Flannery O'Connor's writing awes me, and I would love read this book. Thanks.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEliza

Hmmm. Sounds good to me! I'm always in the market for a good book. Thanks!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy B.

I want one! Please "randomly" select me, if you know what I mean. -nudge nudge wink wink-

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShereen

I trust your book recommendations always! If I don't win, I'll probably just buy it. :)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa L

I'd love a copy! And am helpfully non-foreign! ;)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

I would love a copy!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

Oh! I think I'd like to read that! Especially because, oh, I can't write a book synopsis either.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermagpie

I would like a copy! Sounds so good--I love Flannery O'Connor, too.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfindingmagnolia

Oh please!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

I am an avid reader and I'd love a copy of this book! I looked at the description on and it looks really interesting.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Yippie! Louse-free!
I'm always looking for more good books to read!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergillian

I would like a book! I like free books!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I would love a copy of this book!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAsianmommy

Yes, please!!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

I would love a copy of this book. Please, pretty please, with some de-louser on top?

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterK. Bell

Congratulations on your new found licelessness! To celebrate, you should send me something good to read. I promise, I'll think kind thoughts of you and your head at the end of every chapter. Maybe even the beginning.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I need to not eat for a weekend, so this book sounds like it could help. Dieting humor. Probably not too funny, but it is 2:30 a.m. and I can't sleep. Blarg.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterP. Gardiner

Would love a great new book!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCara

I can always use a heartbreakingly beautiful and inescapably human book.


August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArielle

This book sounds terrific!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Hello! I loves me a good read. Random karma, pick me pick me!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDottie


August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBethie

Happy rejoicing and rejuicing! Would love to read a book you highly recommend!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

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