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June 2010

recommended summer reads: everything is going to be great

Long before I worked in the Harper Perennial marketing department (back when my job involved writing back cover copy for mass market romances), I read Rachel Shukert’s first memoir, Have You No Shame? Recommended to me by my ex-boyfriend’s mother, HYNS is a collection of essays chronicling growing up Jewish in Omaha, Nebraska, and it was so funny that I couldn’t believe all the people drooling over Sloane Crosley (a perfectly worthy endeavor) weren’t drooling over it too.

So when I found out that we were publishing Rachel’s next book, I was beside myself with excitement. Everything Is Going to Be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour is just as funny as HYNS but perhaps even more widely appealing. Who wouldn’t love the chance to bum around Europe? To have accidental threesomes while in search of cheap dental surgery? To cry at the Anne Frank House (and not about Anne Frank)? To finally (sorta) grow up?

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I’d also like to point out that Rachel is the only author I’ve almost seen Precious: Based on the Book Push by Sapphire with, a months-long endeavor of illness, hangovers, and mismatched schedules that ended when I watched it on a plane to Tokyo, wishing a) that I could actually hear anything through the crappy airplane headphones and b) that Rachel were there beside me. That is to say, she is one of the authors I most enjoy spending time with, whether with her book or in person, and I think you will too.

July 2010

Everything Is Going to Be Great, on sale today!

Happy on sale day to one of my favorite authors, Rachel Shukert!!!

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Everything Is Going to Be Great is Rachel’s memoir of her travels through Europe in her twenties. It is hilarious, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Entertainment Weekly said that “[Everything is Going to be Great] comes off like a cross between David Sedaris and Chuck Palahniuk….lurking beneath the jabs and one-liners is an affecting—and pretty unforgettable—coming-of-age tale,” and Jezebel said “Rachel Shukert’s new memoir Everything Is Going To Be Great does something unfortunately rare in women’s writing: celebrating mistakes….what Everything affirms is that screwing up from time to time—or even a lot—doesn’t make you a terrible person.”

For those of you in New York City, Rachel will be reading tonight at McNally Jackson (52 Prince St). Then she will be partying (with the Harper Perennial team) at a party hosted by Tablet Magazine at a nearby bar. At Rachel’s last reading, I laughed so hard I cried. And I’m not just saying that. There were actual tears.

For those of you not in New York City, I promise to take incriminating photos.

And come back later this week for Rachel’s guest post about the family of mafia cats who lived in an abandoned house near her childhood home in Omaha.

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