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Peeing My Pants With Book Anticipation – July 2, 2010 (and the unveiling of the new button for this series!)

Whew! That’s a long title! But I wanted you to see this really cool new button that Daniel made for me. Daniel Jennewein is an illustrator whose first illustrated book, Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten, was just released on June 22, 2010. I’ve already bought a copy for my nephew who will start kindergarten next year, as well as a copy for, uh, myself.

(Daniel’s married to Lenore, who I adore. To the core. Forevermore. She’s not a bore. Do you want more?)


ANYway, Daniel made this freaking awesome button for the Peeing My Pants With Book Anticipation thing, and I didn’t want you to miss it. Drumroll, please.

Is she not the cutest thing ever? There *is* a ‘cleaner’ version, but, well, what can I say? I have the humor of an 8-year-old boy.

(Gosh, this is getting kind of off track.)

So! About that book.

The book I chose this week was picked because I knew about this book before I went to BEA, and one of the few goals I had at BEA was to snag a copy of this book. I *was* able to get a copy of the book, and I’m seriously peeing my pants as I wade through other commitments before I read it.

This book was raved about on Twitter by two people who have impeccable taste in books. The first is a friend, Michele, and the other person doesn’t even know who I am (@joebfoster), but I love when he talks about what he’s reading, because he has a way of making me excited for upcoming releases.

Sidenote: this book is being published by Other Press, who “…publish novels, short stories, poetry, and essays from America and around the world that represent literature at its best.” I highly recommend that you sign up for their newsletter (see it on the right sidebar)…though I have to warn you that I’ve only received two newsletters so far, and it’s caused me to buy a book each time. So don’t subscribe unless you want to know about FREAKING AMAZING books.

Here’s the book I’m dying to read:

The Wrong Blood by Manuel de Lope

• Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Other Press (September 28, 2010)

In the Basque Country in northern Spain, just before the Civil War, three men in dinner suits stop for a drink at a bar before continuing on their way to a wedding. Their trip is interrupted when their leader, the wealthy Don Leopoldo, has a stroke in the restroom.This event, bizarre and undignified though it is, begins to weave together the lives of two remarkable women: the bride, the beautiful and distinguished Isabel Cruces, and María Antonia Etxarri, the bar owner’s adolescent daughter. Shortly after the outbreak of the war, María Antonia is raped and Isabel’s newlywed husband, Captain Julen Herraiz, is shot. Both women find themselves violently altered, alone, and pregnant. A crippled but wise local doctor is the only witness to the mysterious, silent agreement these women conclude in the loneliness and desperation of their mutual suffering. Many years later, a young student, grandson to Isabel, returns to the scene of the events to spend an innocent summer studying for law exams. As he goes about his work, he unwittingly awakens the ghosts haunting both María Antonia and the doctor, and through their memories the passionate stories of the past unfurl before the reader.

De Lope brilliantly reveals his incredible story through flashes of memory and emotion, told in a winding torrent that expresses the cumulative nature of both history and nostalgia.

Pre-order The Wrong Blood by Manuel de Lope!


36 Responses to “Peeing My Pants With Book Anticipation – July 2, 2010 (and the unveiling of the new button for this series!)”

  1. softdrink

    I LOVE, LOVE LOVE the button, especially the red pigtails!


  2. Lenore

    Button looks FREAKING AWESOME! (as does the book you are peeing yourself for)

    And awww! I adore you too! And thanks for keeping the rhymes clean…


  3. Lenore

    Oh and BTW, I finally attempted to get a gravatar.


  4. Lenore

    Obvs not working yet…


  5. Kathleen

    The new button is AWESOME!!!!


  6. Steph

    Definitely love the new button! Super cute and helps add to the anticipation!


  7. Word Lily

    I only read so far as the word “Basque,” and I’m hooked. Sigh.


  8. Nicole

    Daniel did a great job with that button. I was excited to snag a copy of this book as well.


  9. Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books

    Great graphic – it translates without words!

    THE WRONG BLOOD looks fabulous, too; I can see why you’re struggling to contain yourself 🙂


  10. Jen - Devourer of Books

    Like Hannah I’m pretty much sold at the word Basque. I may have to grab my ARC soon, other review obligations be damned.


  11. Sheila DeChantal

    Awesome button! The book looks great and I did not see it at BEA so obviously did not snag a copy for myself. Look forward to the review!


  12. Jenn's Bookshelves

    LOVE the button!

    I, too, am anxious to read this one. I wasn’t able to get a copy at BEA, but I do plan on buying one!


  13. melanie

    Cute button! ( we say that to evie too :)) I am going to buy that adorable buffalo book for my good friend and favorite kindergarten teacher. That other book looks good too….did i miss the point here? hee hee


  14. Pam

    I adore Lenore as well LOL. I love Daniel’s work I have my copy coming from B&N this week of his book. He is such a talented artist and I love your new graphic!

    BUT urm about the book. It does sound worth waiting for!


  15. Lisa

    Love the button and now I’ll have to be peeing my pants with anticipation, too, for The Wrong Blood without even having a copy to grab.


  16. Laura

    That does look interesting – I shall look out for a copy. Thanks.


  17. Lenore

    Aww thanks Pam! That makes it easier to bear the fact that my feet have swollen into elephantine lumps thanks to the heat.


  18. diane

    Love the button and the book sounds great as well; enjoy


  19. Staci

    That button is pretty awesome and are Daniel and Lenore! 😀


  20. Amy

    I was also excited to get a copy, and managed to snag one! Also, I LOVE that graphic! Congrats to Daniel! (Who I was also excited to meet – along with Lenore, who is definitely incredible!)


  21. Carey

    That is a seriously adorable button!!! She is so cute! I was glad to snag a copy of this one, too.


  22. Daniel

    Oh, I’m happy you like the girl peeing her pants. Trish, you poeish lenore poem cracked me up.


  23. Sandy

    What? TWO talented people in one household? I had no idea. Of course we all love Lenore, but that button created by Daniel is priceless. I’ve got button envy.


  24. nomadreader (Carrie)

    I love the button! I picked up a copy of The Wrong Blood at BEA too, and I’m really looking forward to reading it. Enjoy!


  25. Meghan

    I love the button! The Wrong Blood looks pretty good too. =)


  26. Monica

    That is an excellent graphic!


  27. Michelle



  28. Keetha

    Cute! The button is cute!

    The Wrong Blood sounds intriguing. I’ll be looking for it.


  29. Emily

    I don’t which I love more — your poem about Lenore or the button! 🙂


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  31. Serena

    I love the button! Wonderful and it doesn’t need to be “clean” does it? Hmm maybe I have the same humor problem..

    I haven’t heard of this book before and it sounds delightful. Ok, now you’ve made me sign up for the newsletter and I think my husband is going to regret it…especially if I get more books.


  32. joebfoster

    I totally know who you are…


    joebfoster Reply:

    …but not in a scary “I know what you did last summer” kind of way.


  33. Lu

    Awesome button! Also that book sounds fabulous.


  34. Teddy

    Wow, that button is awesome! I love it!


  35. Lydia (The Lost Entwife) ()

    Hey Trish – this has been made available on NetGalley!!


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