NO, I WAS NOT BORN IN WACO, TEXAS, nor do I play the banjo. And no, I never worked at Disneyland, though these days I feel as if I live in a fairytale, if not a theme park, exactly. Lately, nonetheless, I have developed something in common with Steve Martin (and Amy Sedaris and Jon Stewart and a few other writers who get out of the house a little more frequently than I do). Somehow my upcoming corporate-dropout memoir ended up on the cover of the same catalog as their new books. Yup. “And I Shall Have Some Peace There” by Margaret Roach: There it is.
Imagine my surprise when a padded envelope arrived the other day at the Post Office. Nobody at my publisher had told me I had made the cover, let alone alongside such esteemed company. Nobody had told me there would be two pages about my book inside. I didn’t even know the catalogs were in the mail heading my way.
I opened the package, saw the contents, and squealed–but of course, as is the consequence of living a life of relative solitude, I had nobody to even show it to for days.
Now that I have had a chance to show it to my sister and two closest friends, I’m showing it to you.
You can read the whole fall-winter 2010-2011 Grand Central Publishing catalog here if you want to, or even download it as a pdf by clicking the imprint’s name under that season’s offerings.
You can also learn where the book got its name on this page.