Almost two weeks ago, the Consort found out about this person promising to send autographed books to people who donated to the Obama campaign. As Cate mentioned in the comments, this project was cancelled just as we all found out about it.
We donated to the campaign anyway, because we were planning to.
Yesterday, a box of books arrived. Woo-hoo! We must have submitted our donation just as she was ending her offer.
I admit, I have not heard of most of these. I glanced at the Things I’ve learned from Women…” and I think it is crude and crass. Dan Savage has a piece in there which is *nothing* like his pieces on This American Life, and Stephen Colbert has a piece which is not funny (but then, I don’t find him particularly funny, anyway).
But! I’ll be reading the Chabon, and Verhaegen is a Belgian (I’ve never heard of him, though), and I’ll give the others a chance, too. (Although my family is very uncomfortable by the Edelman book; they say it’s not something that would be of use to us — I say it might be an interesting read, in any case.)