Friday, February 17, 2012

Behold, the Book

This book, in particular:

Tell Me Who I Am. Go ahead, I double dog dare you.

Melanie J came up with the title, and doesn't it make you want to pull out your crystal ball or read my palm or something?

It's rhetorical of course.

Or is it?

That's for me to know and you to find out. By pressing the magic button.

It's DeNae Handy's baby, and 16 of us, including Luisa Perkins, Melanie Jacobson, Jana Parkin, and Becca Wilhite, helped her labor and deliver over it for six months. The result is this newborn book with words so pretty and witty and wise that Ken Craig predicts it will finally knock Two and Half Men off the air for good.

Plus fight tooth decay.

Tell Me Who I Am is a collection of nearly 50 essays about being human. And being Mormon. All at the same time (which we all know is a lot trickier than patting your head and rubbing your belly.)

I read the entire collection in one night, plus the deleted scenes and bonus features. Trust me, it will make you LOL and COL. Maybe someday the MTV Unplugged version will hit the shelves (and by that I mean the version before DeNae cut out all the barf scenes).

(Why do Mormons love to talk about chucking up? Is that what makes us such a peculiar people?)

DeNae says of her inspiration for the book:

It seems like there are a lot of definitions floating around out there of what a Mormon is or is not. And folks are curious.

Given that there are 14 million of us worldwide, who could begin to define a religion that is at once global and grass-roots? No matter how large any crowd is, it's still made up of dozens, thousands, even millions -- of ones.

So, here we are: sixteen ones, revealing a little about what it means to be us, through our stories and reflections.

I've had the opportunity to read each of these essays dozens of times. And still, some break my heart and others have me doubled over in gales of laughter, every time I read them.

I'm confident that members of all faiths will enjoy this glimpse into everyday Mormon life. I don't know if it will answer questions or raise them, but I do believe that our stories have the best chance of revealing just who we are and what we're about.

A complete list of contributors can be found here. (You might recognize my name on the list, just so you know.)

Tell Me Who I Am officially hits the shelves in March, but you can cut in line by pushing the magic button below. If you order before March 10th you will receive a 30% percent discount off the regular price. Order now and get this $15 treasure for only $10.50! Plus a book light. And a Shamwow. And one of those space saving shoe organizers that hide under your bed.



Momza said...

This sounds interesting. Are all of the authors from Utah?
I'll look forward to reading it!

DeNae said...

I have to tell everyone who knows a good thing when they read it, aka your readers, Deb. Crash's essays (one in particular) are among the most amazing writings in this collection. And I promise, you'll see a side of her you've never seen before, at least not here on her playground! (And Dawn, no, not all of the writers are Utahns. In fact, most of us are from somewhere else, or were until recently.)

Dolly said...

I can't wait to read it! Such a great idea and HELLO-- genius timing!

I don't mean to put a frown smile out there but I sort of think the jacket cover is going to make me want to turn it into a paper back so I can enjoy toting it around. I like artsy book covers so I can leave it sitting around my house and it becomes decor.

I've just been reading archives of Seriously So Blessed -- so don't get hurt feelings bc I'm a designer and all.

2busy said...

Oh, good for you! Very excited...

Martha said...

You make it easy to checkout since my renter paypaled me his rent and I have a bunch of money sitting around in my paypal account that my hub doesn't even know about!! You know I never read books, but if you wrote part of it I guess I might as well read it.

Garden of Egan said...

That is so amazing and incredible!
I love it. I will buy it.

Funny Farmer said...

It looks wonderful! Can't wait to get my hands on one!

Funny Farmer said...

And dude - the anti-robot word thingys are getting REALLY hard to read! Just sayin'.

Kazzy said...

Glad to be a part of it. Hope to see you at the conference. :)

The Mom said...

I just committed purchase for this. But I better get my shamwow.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Thank you everyone for your support.

THE MOM, I SAW YOUR SON filming at the BYU Volleyball game on Saturday night. I almost fell out of my chair. I've been dying to tell you ever since!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

And of course you'll get your Shamwow! ;) How cans't thou doubt?

The Mom said...

Isn't he the handsomest? Don't you know some lovely young thing you can introduce to him???
Don't fall out of your chair when you see him (he films BB games too; in Vegas this weekend doing that) -- go and say hi and hug him for me!!