Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Book Whore on the Book Tour

In case you haven't noticed, I haven't been blogging recently. This is because I've been on the road in America tirelessly and shamelessly promoting my new book, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven. I suppose, before I write anything else, I should say that it is an absolutely fabulous, stupendous, riveting book about my misadventures in China -- and that it got a rave review in Oprah's "O" magazine; that USA Today named it as one of its "Top Nonfiction Picks"; and that it just hit the local bestseller list in the San Francisco/Bay Area.

Plus, my totally unbiased dad says it's the best thing I've ever written.

Then, I suppose, I should just start begging: Please buy it. Please, please, please. And none of this "Hey, I just got it for $2.99 on Ebay" stuff, either. Please spend the extra dough and support a local bookstore (not to mention yours truly; more than a few books on Ebay are recycled reviewers' copies and don't mean diddly in publishers' assessments of me).

But beyond this necessary and embarrassing prostitution, I wanted to let readers know that I haven't been blogging here because last week, I was blogging for Powell's independent bookstore in Portland, OR. If you have nothing better to do or are in dire need of new procrastination techniques, you can check out my back blogs at http://www.powells.com

Otherwise, as soon as I get a break in my tour (sometime next week, I'm hoping, between appearances in DC and Richmond), I'll be back at it, writing about America, and all the groovy, poignant beauty and irony I've seen in returning to my homeland.

Until then, stay tuned, thanks for indulging me, and, oh yes -- did I say "Please buy my book?"

As always, thanks for playing.

13 comments:

Jennifer said...

I bought the book and am coming to Chester County to have it signed tonight. Can't wait! :)

Global Jim goes to China said...

Damn...I got you book at my local library.
But I will go out and BUY a copy!
Thanks for sharing your adventure!
Will you be coming to Indianapolis on your book tour?

Thanks,

Global Jim

Global Jim goes to China said...

Damn...I got you book at my local library.
But I will go out and BUY a copy!
Thanks for sharing your adventure!
Will you be coming to Indianapolis on your book tour?

Thanks,

Global Jim

Caleb said...

WE so enjoyed meeting you. Me and my best girls have separatly bought your book, even though we usually borrow from within and are dedicatingly reading it. Enjoy the rest of the States.
-Autumn, Brittany, Blair (three in NYC who think you are the worthy celeb to visit)

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Sorry - I borrowed it from the bookstore I work at (employee benefit). I enjoyed it muchly and will recommend it on my blog. Totally loved your "Hypocrite..." too - every time I think of the phrase "star-spangled puppy," I laugh. Oh, and the wonderful/horrible Thanksgiving in Vermont (or NH?) - that killed me.

whatshouldiwear said...

I'm about to finish 'hypocrite', I got it from the local book sale.I guess you're not pleased to know that. And I'm going to anoher book sale to find 'tiara'. Cheers!

whatshouldiwear said...

I'm about to finish 'hypocrite' which I got from the book sale. I guess you're not pleased to know that. I'm going to another book sale to find 'tiara' too. Cheers!

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

I am currently reading hypocrite in a pouffy white dress - what a riot!

Having spent a great deal of time in China during the past five years or so, I am excited to read about your CRP adventures.

Thanks for giving us all such good reads and good laughs.

olga said...

Oh, I bought the book, I read it, and I cried.. It is one of the best books I've read. The story is so amazing and truly engaging. And the writing... such intricately poetic and simply beautiful. Thanks for stealing my evenings and one weekend, and for keeping me up until midnight on a weekday.

trudymorgancole said...

I bought mine legally, as an e-book, from the Sony ebookstore -- I hope that counts and you got your cut! It might make it harder for you to sign my copy though, in the unlikely event you ever come to St. John's, Newfoundland. Loved the book ... loved it, loved it, loved it.

Iheartfashion said...

Bought and read the book. Will you be coming to Boston on your tour?

Heather! said...

Just wanted you to know that I have just posted a brief review of your book on my blog. You can find it at www.idigressblog.blogspot.com. I loved the book...enjoyed every word of it, in fact, and am really looking forward to reading more of your work--starting with your blog! :D

Thanks for a great (and frighteningly TRUE!) story!

Susan Jane Gilman said...

Heather,

I just read your comments on my blog, and your amazing review of my book UNDRESS ME IN THE TEMPLE OF HEAVEN. Zowie. Thank you so much. You've made my heart sing arias. If I can figure out how the hell to link your blog up to mine -- or my Facebook page -- I'll do so, if that's okay with you. And drop me another note. I get to Ireland occassionally; a pint is in order.

Best,
Susan Jane Gilman