Passages: Bad Liars

Just a brief note today while I prepare my “Best of 2010” list. It might surprise you, but I’m not paid to read. I’m paid to run a business. If I were paid to read, perhaps I’d be more disciplined. You know, feet flat on the floor, book on the table, dictionary and thesaurus at hand, and a notepad to transcribe the really good stuff.

I’m not, so I tend to absorb instead of memorize. But I’m a fan of great writing, and a brilliant passage adds immeasurably to my enjoyment of a book – and to my ultimate recommendation when handselling it to you.

Heads You Lose

Coming in April, by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward

Many of you know that I have the wonderful opportunity to read books several months before they reach the stores. In fact, I receive far more than I can possibly review. Some of you have helped me in the past by reading and commenting on these advance reader copies. I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again: I welcome guest submissions for inclusion in this blog, so if you’ve read something interesting, please consider submitting it for publication. At least use the comments section to alert us to it. OK?

In any case, here’s a passage from a forthcoming book by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward – a novel called Heads You Lose. It will be a success, I’m sure, though that doesn’t always transfer to the north shore of the Ohio. We’ll see. I’m only a few pages into it, but I think I’ll be recommending it come April.

So here’s the line:

Sook was a bad liar, but Paul let it go. He’d always thought bad liars were kind of like honest people — you always knew where you stood.

Know anyone like that?

Look for more long after the snow melts.


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3 responses to “Passages: Bad Liars

  1. Tabitha

    Have you heard anything about the book Two Kisses for Maddy? I’ve read this man’s blog for a few years and I am eagerly anticipating it.

    • No, Tabitha, but I can tell you we have it on order. It releases the second Tuesday in April. Here’s some information from the publisher:

      Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts. The pair settled together in Los Angeles and they had it all: the perfect marriage, a beautiful new home, and a baby girl on the way. But just twenty-seven hours after they welcomed Madeline into the world, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and instantly died, without ever holding the daughter whose arrival she had so eagerly awaited.

      Faced with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt coped by returning to the small blog he had created to keep friends and family updated on Liz’s pregnancy, which today has become a place for him to share with over a million curious readers the day to day of two lives bound by loss and love. But there is more to his story than just raising a daughter alone: Matt Logelin is an extraordinary human being. Having been sustained through tragedy by the kindness and generosity of strangers, he is now dedicated to helping others in difficult situations by reaching out and inspiring those facing loss or adversity.

      A heartwarming and heartbreaking story punctuated by beautifully recollected – and often humorous – memories and anecdotes, Two Kisses for Maddy unquestionably has something to offer any reader who has experienced grief, and has sought the courage to live again.

      Born and bred in Minnesota, Matt Logelin was a project manager at Yahoo! until he left the company to focus on writing this book and raising his daughter, Madeline. The two live in Los Angeles, traveling often to see as much of the world as possible. Please visit them at

      A touching, heartbreaking, and ultimately triumphant story. It offers hope, humor, and a path toward new life, and a priceless lesson about the value of communication in times of trouble. -Jim Beaver, author of LIFE’S THAT WAY and SAG award nominee for Deadwood

      Almost unparalleled as a raw and unapologetic portrait of grief, Two Kisses for Maddy is a stunning testimony of the kind of love– fated, magnificent– that inspires novels. So vivid, so powerful and pitch-perfect, is his evocation of his beloved Liz that I could hear her laughter and see her face for days after putting the book down. -Claire Fontaine, national bestselling author of Come Back

      In Matthew Logelin’s honest and poignant story, we learn a great many lessons about the fragility of life, and about the strength we all can summon to move forward. With two kisses and an open heart, he shows how love can sustain us. -Jeffrey Zaslow, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Last Lecture

      No one wants to read a depressing book. But how can you possibly call depressing what is so filled with love and life and the unstoppable message of how lucky we are to have what we have. Read this book and put your life back in perspective. -Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My Son

      Two Kisses for Maddy is less a conscious piece of writing than a spontaneous eruption from the heart. It will make you cry but not only out of sadness. Some of your tears will be for the beauty of love and its miraculous power to heal even the deepest wounds. -John Grogan, New York Times bestselling author of Marley & Me

      You won’t feel the slightest bit of pity for this unintended single father. You’ll be cheering Matt Logelin on page after page, laughing and crying with him– and falling in love with Madeline. -Christine Coppa, author of Rattled!

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