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Children’s Book of the Week: The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater … That Grandma Knit

The CBotW feature is proving to be very popular, providing great gift ideas for parents, uncles, and other adults looking to help build a child’s library. This week we feature The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater … That Grandma Knit, a Blossom Street Kids picture book by Debbie Macomber and Mary Lou Carney, illustrated by Vincent Nguyen.

The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater ... That Grandma Knit

Macomber is the author of more than 150 romance and contemporary women’s novels, including the Blossom Street series, from which this spinoff children’s book comes. From her office above a bookstore in Port Orchard, Washington, she has committed to creating at least 3 new books each year, so it’s amazing that she found the time to fit this in. Mary Lou Carney is a Hoosier from Gary, Ind. and is a senior editor at Guideposts magazine and the author of about a dozen children’s books.

Vincent Nguyen makes his living as a conceptual artist for motion pictures and he brings that camera’s-eye view to the illustrations in this heart-warming story from HarperCollins of the love between a grandson and his Grandma.

Bonus material is included from long-time knitter Macomber in the form of a knitting tutorial for kids and a full design template (but not a pattern, per se) by Susan DeRosa of Amazing Threads for experienced knitters who might want to replicate the sweater in this story.

8-year-old Cameron can’t wait to open his present from Grandma. She always gives the best presents. But when his birthday finally rolls around, he is more than disappointed at the homemade sweater his Grandma gives him. Before Grandma’s next visit, Cameron tries everything he can to either destroy the sweater or relegate it to the dustbin, but to no avail.

Still unappreciative of the sweater that he was forced to wear, by listening to his grandmother tell the story of how she selected the colors (the green stripe reminded her of Cameron’s showing his soccer prowess on the green of the playing field; the orange stripe of how much Cameron loves to eat oranges), Cameron comes to understand just how special the “truly terribly horrible” sweater is. In the end he knows that Grandma, indeed, gives the best presents.

The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater … That Grandma Knit
by Debbie Macomber and Mary Lou Carney, illustrated by Victor Nguyen
HarperCollins (HC) $16.99


Don’t forget that on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. we will be hosting Lori Leroy for the Southern Indiana book launch of The Inadequate Conception: From Barry White to Blastocytes: What Your Mom Never Told You About Getting Pregnant. If you or a friend or family member have ever faced issues of infertility, you’ll definitely want to meet Lori and hear her upbeat take on how to survive the heartaches of trying to have a baby.


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Coming Events and Store Communications Changes

I spent my birthday pondering Sunday’s blog post. I’m committed to providing a daily posting, no matter what, and I’m counting on guest bloggers to make that happen.

During the past 8 days, I’ve been populating the blog with content. But very, very few people have even been alerted that it exists. Almost none of the hundreds of subscribers to the store’s e-mail newsletter know about it. That’s soon to change.

In fact, we’re ending the e-mail newsletter and replacing it with subscriptions to these blog posts. It’s my responsibility to make them interesting enough to read. But importantly, I must make the digests and headlines informative enough that subscribers can know in a jiffy whether any given post is one they want to read.

For the record, here are the events we have scheduled in 2011. More details will follow.

Saturday afternoon, Jan. 22 – Author Lori Leroy will celebrate her Southern Indiana/Metro Louisville book launch for Inadequate Conception.

Saturday afternoon, Jan. 29 – Gary Yeagle and Marlene Mitchell will discuss their new novel, Seasons of Death.

Wednesday evening, Feb. 2 – Media lawyer Jon Fleischaker will give a presentation on censorship and the First Amendment, sponsored by the Media Law Resource Center Institute and Destinations Booksellers.

Wednesday evening, Mar. 2 – International favorite Tim Dorsey returns to New Albany with his latest in the Serge Storms series, Electric Barracuda. A special ticketed event follows the free booksigning and author talk.

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Authors Unscripted: The Inadequate Conception

Nice play on words, eh? Immaculate. Inadequate. Thursdays are going to be filled with materials provided by authors. You’ll never know what might show up on this next-to-last day of the traditional work week.

Today, NewAlbanyBooks welcomes Lori Leroy, nee Green, a Hoosier who has been, is, and will be providing the world with a chronicle of the struggle she and her husband have had with conception. I’ve only talked with her by phone, but my first impressions were positive. We’re dickering right now over when to invite her to New Albany for a book-signing at Destinations Booksellers and I’m sure we’ll work something out.

In the meantime, I wanted to offer you a few tidbits about the book. I’m sure some of you (or someone you know) has or is fighting this same battle to bear a child. If so, I encourage you to check out her blog and see if this is a book you’d like to read.

The Inadequate Conception

A Fresh Voice on a Troublesome Topic

The book is The Inadequate Conception: From Barry White to Blastocytes: What Your Mom Didn’t Tell You About Getting Pregnant.

She also wrote a blog along the way and continues to keep up a steady stream of articles informative and entertaining. Here’s a link to my favorite post, written at Thanksgiving 2010: Why I Am Thankful for Porn!

It begins thusly: As I have talked to women across the country who are going through fertility procedures, I have noticed a common theme that probably doesn’t happen under many other circumstances—the specialized and authorized use of pornography. In fact, many women are buying their husbands porn so they can create their half of the blessed embryo.

Lori is probably just now digesting one of my preachy, long e-mails about books, bookselling, and the publishing industry. If she can endure it, you can expect to see her here sometime in the coming weeks and you can meet her yourself. And though I did not ask her permission to highlight her book and blog, I’m sure she won’t be bothered by a little publicity.

This is her “official” bio: Lori Green LeRoy is a published author and popular infertility blogger. She is also a woman with a large pair of birthing hips and who has tried for more than six years to conceive both traditionally and with the help of modern science. When she’s not getting blood drawn or undergoing an ultrasound, she is a public relations and marketing professional who lives in Indianapolis with her husband and rescued pets— two yellow English Labrador Retrievers and three cats (and yes, she realizes that she has likely crossed a crazy animal line).

For further reading, Lori’s blog is theinadequateconception.blogspot.com. Not everyone has migrated to the future of blogging: WordPress (I kid!).

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