“The Bookworm Returns : Life in Obama’s America” — Book Sale *UPDATED*

Kindle.web_Andrea.coverMASTERUPDATE: The virtue of making lots of mistakes in life is that you get good at making heartfelt apologies. Here’s mine:

I really, really hate learning life lessons the hard way, especially when doing so inconveniences and even misleads others. Today’s life lesson was that, even if you think you’ve properly set-up a Kindle Countdown Deal for your e-book, you should check to make sure that the sale is actually in place before sending out the announcements.

Two days ago, I thought that I had set up a Countdown Deal that would begin today. At the same time, I scheduled a post announcing the deal, as well as this email notification. I was proud of myself for this unusual efficiency.

Pride goeth before a fall, of course.

It turns out that, even as my blog post automatically appeared and my email automatically got delivered, both announcing that my e-book is on sale, the $2.99 price on my e-book remained unchanged. I’d like to blame the Kindle Publishing process, but I can’t. The fault was entirely mine for not confirming that all systems were go before I launched my little publicity campaign.

I am so sorry I wasted your time. Having said that, it’s still a nice book to read and I still intend to put in on sale. When that happens, I’ll double check to make sure that Kindle and I are on the same page, and I’ll send out an announcement that’s the real deal.


By any chance, have you heard of Bookworm’s The Bookworm Returns : Life in Obama’s America? It is, if I do say so myself, an utterly delightful book. Some (namely me) call it a clever and elegant compendium of essays offering insights into American politics and society. But why take my word for it — even though, since I wrote the book, some might say I have the inside track on just how wonderful it is? Others seem to like it too.

Before I tell you how much these others have liked it, let me entice you with a bargain:  Today through March 20, you can buy the book for $0.99, which is 67% off the regular price.  On March 21, the price creeps up to $1.99 (a 34% discount), where it will stay until 9 p.m. PST on March 23.  After that, if you still want to buy the book, you’re on the hook for the full $2.99.

Robert Avrech, who blogs at Seraphic Secret and who wrote How I Married Karen, a charming, book-length love letter to his wife:

[T]hen I sat down and read The Bookworm Returns: Life in Obama’s America, an eBook which should be mandatory reading for every American. Bookworm Room is a wife, a mother, a lawyer, and a blogger who is something of a hero to me. Whenever I need some common sense talk about difficult political or social issues, I make my way to Bookworm and see what she has to say. Her opening essay on guns, written as a letter to a teacher (but wisely never sent) is a classic discourse on the Second Amendment, and how best to protect our children. Because Bookworm is a brainy lawyer who has not sacrificed her common sense, she writes astonishingly clear sentences that manage to cut to the heart of, well, everything. Her chapters on what the Democrats have done to our health care system is, quite simply, revelatory.

Caryl B. Miller:

Deep in the wilds of Marin County on the other side of the Golden Gate bridge lives Bookworm, a pseudonym for a wonderful writer and culture warrior tilting against the predominant Left flowing current. I’ve always loved her blogging and here is a collection of some of her best work.

Her take on living in Obama’s America, delivered from what some people might call the heart of it alternately made me laugh and reflect seriously at what we’re becoming as a society, and I think it will have the same effect on you. It is, more or less, a diary on what we’re going through right now. And being a collection of short essays, it’s a great mental snack when you feel like giving your brain a treat.

Highly recommended.

Teri O’Brien, who blogs at Teri O’Brien and whose The ABC’s of Barack Obama: Understanding God’s Greatest Gift to America (Lies Obama Told Me) is an enjoyable, easy-to-read indictment of the Obama administration:

One reason that conservatives have a much easier time making logical arguments is that we constantly see our positions under siege by the popular culture, by academia, and by the legacy media. We have to defend our positions, which are laughingly characterized as “out of the mainstream” by people who think Bill Ayers is just a college professor from Barack Obama’s old ‘hood. We see our values and traditions mocked and denigrated on a daily basis. Not so for liberals. They spout crazy talk that goes unchallenged. They repeat threadbare clichés to each other as everyone nods in agreement.

One very notable example of the value of engaging in actual debate is the author of this book, Bookworm, a common sense conservative living in one of the most liberal bastions of the bluest of blue states, and the publisher of a popular blog. Her many fans know that she uses her well-honed intelligence to slice and dice liberal foolishness, and to expose its inherent inconsistencies with clever wit, humor and well-researched, hard evidence, delivered in extremely readable prose that is a delight to experience. For example, in a little over 600 words, she demolishes the anti-freedom, anti-choice Obamacare scheme by comparing it to grocery bag bans. Then I was the one nodding in agreement.

This book is not all wonky public policy–and even the entries written about serious public policy aren’t written in a way that is the slightest bit wonky. I cheered when she busted a liberal professor’s attempt to conflate the nihilistic world of Lena Dunham with the respect for traditional values permeating Jane Austen’s wonderful novels. I marveled at her profound insights about the cycle of life and death inspired by, of all the things, the death of a mouse.

The book is organized into short essays, which makes it perfect for a quick break during the day. Grab a cup of coffee, and be inspired and intellectually refreshed.

You will thoroughly enjoy this book, but beyond that, it will provide you with the evidence and solid arguments that you need to withstand the relentless liberal assault against what you hold dear.

Highly Recommended.

Terry Oberdank:

I have read most of what is in here from the Bookworm Room Blog but it was all worth reading again. She has a wonderful command of language and her values are very commendable.

Beth Vandiver:

“Bookworm” has her eagle-eye on the country and she’s a wonderful writer. If you like common sense, this is the book for you!

Needless to say, I am deeply grateful to those friends of mine who took the time and made the effort to say such kind things about my writing.  Perhaps those reviews will entice you to give the book a try….

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  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    Just put up a post about the book at Chicago Boyz.

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    Inquiring minds want to know: How does one get the 99 cent limited-time special offer? It’s not showing up at the Amazon site.

    • JohnC

      I just checked again and it still says $2.99.
      Is something amiss?

      • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

        Perhaps the deal only applies to Amazon lender association. The cost hasn’t been deducted from the public record, afaik.

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    In engineering projects, we do a double check using different eyes. Editors and publishers tend to do the same thing. While rechecking on the same person may be more efficient, it’s often less effective as a safety valve than getting a second pair of eyes to look at the same problem.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Keep moving forward. Regret over past mistakes will only hold you down. Do not let it. Fix the problems, of course, but that is only a matter for the future.
    Look straight ahead. For it is better to attempt the challenge and fail, then to never know one’s true limits due to the fear of failure.