Sunday, January 13, 2008

from blog to book

As many of you already know, two of the bloggers in this photo are now published authors. PastaQueen's Half-Assed: A Weight Loss Memoir is available for pre-order now. Be sure to order it through the link on Jennette's site so that her publisher knows how many adoring blog-reading fans she has.

As I reported last week, Shauna's book, The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl flew all the way from the UK just to grace my bookshelf with her incredibly faithful cartoon likeness and remind me how much fun we had sipping drinks and chatting on the front porch of the W at BlogHer '07. I started reading it casually enough this morning, but got entrenched in the story and had to finish it today after my weekly visit with my parents.

I have read other blog-to-books before, but Shauna's was probably the first that didn't feel like a bunch of random blog entries printed out and pasted together in chronological order. Though her book reads like a diary, Shauna pulled it together with a strong narrative thread and it reads like a modern-day Evangelina -- a series of heartfelt, newsy letters that chronicle our heroine's transformation from shy lass to a confident woman who finds herself and wins the man of her dreams in the process. Shauna was so poised and confident when we met that I would have never guessed, even after reading her blog, how many doubts and challenges she had to face down.

I am glad that I ordered the UK version and didn't wait for some US publisher to chop out all references to the metric system and transform all the "lardy arses" and "greedy guts" references to "fat butts" and "emotional overeaters." I do wonder how people can lose weight in a country where the milestones are weighed out in stone. Although, since Shauna keeps track of stone, kilograms, and pounds, she has three separate sets of milestones to motivate her (and help enlighten the metric-ignorant among us). Plus there are pictures. In color!

I loved the book and especially love that the New Shauna never feels anything but sympathy and respect for Old Shauna, who, after all, had to do all the hard work of bringing New Shauna to life. And did a brilliant job of it.

As for my book? Well, I wrote a whole dissertation, but don't hold your breath for it to appear on the shelves in a Borders near you. Between Shauna and Jennette, you should have plenty of reading material for a while.

5 comments:

  1. we are so thrilled for these new authors! can't think of two people who deserve it more.

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  2. Heh, thanks for pimping my book! That's a great pic of us, though I am slumping in my chair. When will I learn to sit up straight?

    What other blog-to-book books have you read? Now that I've written one, I'm curious to read some others. I've already read "Julie & Julia" and "Save Karyn."

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  3. thank you so much Dr Jen... you are a total legend :)

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  4. Thanks for the review! These books are definitely on my wish list, but most likely I'll wait until it comes out in America, see it at a bookstore and buy it out of impulse than not read it for another two years.

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  5. i really want to read this, and i think you can get it in canada now! i'm excited!

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"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07