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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'd love a copy! I'm trying to break my ipad is just not the same as reading a "real" book. Thanks!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterValarie

I'd love to win a copy (and I'm not even remotely Canadian!).

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeg M.

I am going on vacation later this month and I would love a new book to read on the beach! (Oh, who and I kidding, I'll have a four year-old with me, but I would still definitely read it at a time when there is NOT a possibility of anyone drowning.)

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

My Goodreads queue doesn't need any help growing, BUT ...

I'm a sucker for a free book, so consider this comment a 'comment'.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYou can call me, 'Sir'

I'm thinking that once I finish the two book amazon just sent me, I'm out so since timing is EVERYTHING, it's time I put my hat in the ring for a chance to win this book! Pick me, pick me!!! Thanks in advance!!!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkrys72599

Congrats on the de-lousing! The book looks fabulous.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSif

I want the book. That is my comment

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhayesmary

I want a copy! And I have to check out The Habit of Being, now, too.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoobacca

I'd love a new book to read. I should probably go see what this book is actually about but..meh. I'll read it if I win. Congrats on the delousing.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Yes, please!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Wheeee, no lice! And yay books!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessicaD

Sounds like a good read. I'll put it a request at the library... if I don't win.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Me! Me! Pick ME!!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachel E.

I love me some books, so I'll throw my hat in the ring for this one!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

Sounds great! I'd like to read it.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFaith

I would love a copy. Thanks for doing this!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulieSw

I would LOVE a copy of this book!!!!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

You ALWAYS make me guffaw when I read your posts. So I'll admit it - I've been guffawing all through the lice saga - obviously laughing AT you, not with you. And yes, I'd like a copy of the book. If I don't win one, I'll just buy one. Anything to get through a weekend without eating.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda in TX

Yes, please! :)

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlyce

I like books. And I'm not even vaguely Canadian.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramy

So what you're saying is that, at no time will the books actually be near your lice-infested house? Then sign me up, please!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Would love a copy!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStefanie

I love everything about this book, especially the cover! I am a nut for Flannery O' Connor and it needs to come live on my book shelf, please.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteroona b

I want one! I want one! I want one! I want one! I want one! I want one! I want one! I want one! I want one! I want one! I want one! I want one! I want one! I am imitating my 6 year old son, but he would have gone on forever.

Congratulations on winning the battle of the bugs.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteronethirdacrewoods

I too love Ms. O'Connor and the book sounds great!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia W.

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