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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)

Oooh, I'd like a copy! It sounds like a good book, and I'm definitely not too Canadian-y since I'm an American living in Canada. ;)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlia

Well with such a compelling and insightful review, how can I not want a copy? Seriously though, I want a copy.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAli - Spinner's End

A new read! Yes, please!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNadalie McGarvey

I am currently two and a half solid years lice-free. I still check my son's head about every month or so and continue to make plans about what I can ruin this time by washing it in hot water. Time doesn't heal ALL wounds I guess. Welcome to this particular community of the scarred.
Now I'm thinking of a girl scout sash with all these badges with things people have survived: dysfunctional family, lice, PTSD, etc. Perhaps you could add NJ to your sash. (I kid because I love.)
I guess what I really want to say is I want that book.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Hurray for being louse free and for free books. I'd love to have a copy.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

Oh, just in time. I'm looking for a new book to read!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Sounds like an interesting book! I'd love to be in the drawing. Thank you.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Sounds like a good book. Would love to win a copy!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Oh yes please please please.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I want one! I'm American! And I can read!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin K.

Is it open to lurkers, though? Because if it is, I'd love a copy :)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

I would love a copy! This is so well-timed, as I am on the prowl for a new good read. *fingers crossed*

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Ooh, pick me,!! We're moving on Saturday, I'm co-chairing my high school reunion the week after that and then I'm having a baby! If I wasn't insane already (see: previous list), this is going to do me in. I think a new book may distract me from my life.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarb @ getupandplay


August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZozo's Mom

I like books! Pick me at random!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan G

Pick...Me! Did it work?? I'll be waiting on the edge of my seat to find out!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril

An author's have her book featured in the tale end of a lice debacle. ;)

I'd love a copy!

Clever way to encourage delurking as well.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBex

I'd love to win that book!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSmalltown Mom

Who wouldn't want a free book? Also congrats on the de-lousing!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

Yes, pretty please!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I have a sad lack of real, honest, paper books since I have the ipad. I'd love a book I can hold like a book!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShania Ring

Pick me Pick me. Would love to read this.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKerri

Yes, please! Do want!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah V

Yes please! I would like a copy.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjanet

I like books.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnika

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