Book Club Guide for The Long Awakening: a Memoir

Photo: Getty
Photo: Getty

Some readers have been asking if there's a book club guide for my memoir The Long Awakening. Now there is. If your club has chosen my book, please tell everyone I said Thank You! I'm honored.

Click below to download the free Reader's Guide. It's also permanently available for download under "Useful Things" on the homepage menu.

The Long Awakening Book Club Guide

Is your book club reading my book?

My memoir is out!

My memoir, The Long Awakening, has hit the shelves! To celebrate, I want to do some giveaways, so keep reading about how to get some great free stuff, but first let me tell you what it's about. You can check out the video below too. This is a true story of waking from a two-month coma after childbirth and struggling to discover what had happened, to love my child, and rediscover who I was.

It's a story of lost and found love, the effort to make sense of life-altering events and the search for self-discovery. An altered life and the long journey afterwards can be painful yet beautiful--a poignant lesson on the ambiguity of meaning, the power of love, and purpose when you know who you are.

To learn what happened to me and my family during my missing two months, I approached it as I do when reporting a narrative about another person. I used my skills as a journalist to report my own story. A surreal experience indeed.

To celebrate the launch of

The Long Awakening

I'm giving away three prizes this week.

The prizes:

  • An autographed hardback copy of The Long Awakening.
  • A $20 Starbucks card and a hardback copy of The Long Awakening.
  • A $20 Amazon gift card and a hardback copy of The Long Awakening.

To enter do both of these:

1. Comment

below about your favorite book, and ...

2. Share

a link to this post on Facebook or Twitter, with the hashtag #LongAwakening.

Do this next thing in addition to the above two and you get two entries.

3. Be sure to "like" my new Facebook page and say hi in the comments.

Enter by Friday, Oct. 4th.

Here's the video:

A Motto to Accomplish More This Year

mottoOver-thinking is paralysis to producing and actually getting work out into the world. I’m terribly guilty of this. So here’s what I’m telling myself: Quit planning and contemplating and start doing.

Like the old neighbor told George Bailey standing on the sidewalk under the moon, “You going to kiss her already or talk her to death?” Think about it, or act on the good idea.

At some point, as soon as possible, I have to quit tinkering and do the work I want to do. It isn’t neurosurgery or peace brokering, unless it’s neurosurgery or peace brokering.

To accomplish what I want to achieve, I need to stop over-thinking, over-planning, start somewhere, anywhere, make what I'm trying to make, then get it out the door.

So, to accomplish more here’s my motto for the year:

Plan Less. Produce More. Create and Ship.

I wrote this motto in my Moleskine notebook, and on a sticky note above my desk. I say and look at this motto every day. Then, I do.