A lovely shout-out for Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness from Liesl Schillinger in a charming New York Times piece about books you might give your hard-to-please friends. Thank you! And for all of you considering a purchase of Slow Love, I'm including an Amazon link, but only if your local independent is out of stock. Of course.

And more great news for the book: Audible will release an audio version this spring. Which means I'll spend all of next week in a recording booth. I'm very much looking forward to it, as I love to read aloud. I'm the kid who always had her hand raised in class for a turn reading a paragraph. Those were the days. I used to volunteer for the Library of Congress Recording for the Blind program--this in the days before audio books were so easily available. I once recorded a cookbook--I believe it was by Julia Child. That was tough sledding--all those measurements and ingredient lists. The Audible coordinator asked me to be sure to wear "soft clothes" as hard fabrics rustle, and that noise picked up by the sensitive microphones. Petticoats will remain in the closet. Sounds like another pajama project.


Tamra said...

How exciting! I've always wondered how someone would get those jobs of reading for books and voice overs.

I too love to read aloud. As a kid whenever we took long family trips driving from the West coast to the mid West my mom would always bring books to read, (most often Erma Bombeck) and she and I would take turns reading outloud.

I always loved how we could drive for miles in the quiet with just one person reading. Then the laughter of everyone when humorous parts were read. This really helped me learn at an early age about the use of inflection in my voice. I learned quickly that I could read something funny and everyone would giggle and laugh a little, but if I read it just the right way (usually the way the author intended) with just the right tone, surprise or sarcasam, I could make everyone roar with laughter. Oh what fun!

It sounds like a dream, to read your book aloud, in a quiet studio in soft comfy clothes. Enjoy your week Dominique.

Jane Kilpatrick Schott said...

Sounds almost like a holiday! Congratulations.

mary said...

Seems like Christmas morning came a little early.

quintessence said...

Dominique - how wonderful and well deserved! And I know the audio version will be fabulous as well - you read out loud beautifully and with such expression - I'm sure you will have people laughing out loud with you in the car - or wherever they put on their headphones!!

Me said...

... so glad you are doing an audible. I work at a library and so many people check out AV books - now they can listen to your great book.

Happy Holidays!

Sara said...

I just finished your book and I absolutely love it!! I have been following your blog for quite some time, but I just got around to reading it and so glad that I did. While I wasn't the Editor in Chief, I too got laid off from a magazine (after being there for almost 11 years). This happened a year ago this month. Anyway, so much of what you went through touched me so personally. I think I am your age as well! Anyway, I do have a question. In your book, you say about your weight "...what is shaping up to be my new size 10 planet." This took me aback. I am a size 10 (5' 8") and am not overweight. I exercise and watch what I eat. Now, I am thinking maybe I should aspire to be a smaller size? Anyway, again thanks for your wonderful writing.

Bruce Barone said...

A cookbook!

I can't imagine how difficult, challenging, it would be to follow:


And no starched white shirts, please!

I am now remembering reading aloud to my children; I did so every single night from birth till 11 or 12. And we sang, too. And said a prayer.

SweetRetreat said...

What good news. I loved your book and refer to it often when I need a jolt of slow love life. I do love a book read by a good reader and look forward to the audio version.

Every hopeful there is a fiction book coming based on the mysterious possibility of two Strollers in early blog comments ...

Christa said...

That is just wonderful! A great job, best done by you, and in your pajamas! Flannel, I think, don't you?

Have a ball!

William said...

Audio version of your book sounds great - just don't get so comfortable in the recording booth that you start inserting the F-Bomb into the reading of the text willy-nilly. As an aside, in recognition of the 'All Meat Monday' movement I picked up a couple of bone-in rib eyes from Lobel's for today! Yum.

david terry said...

Well, that's certainly two pieces of very fine news in a single week. The NYT "shout out" (which I'd read that morning, once again glad to see that the book had avoided been shoved into some limiting genre-cubbyhole) AND a recording contract? No one can say this latest book doesn't have traction.

Given this constant, incoming tide of positive publicity, I suppose the worst thing that could happen is your being offered 750,000 dollars for the screen rights.

You'll just to live with/and past the dismay of the "slight alterations"....

Anne Hathaway plays a suddenly-30 year old, enticingly gamine (but game!) Dominique Browning....who's fired from her editorship after selflessly defending female understaffers from the goatlike-advances of the ruthless magazine publisher (predictably played by Alec Baldwin). In the movie, she will have no children, and certainly not two fully grown sons (they clutter up script-lines just a surely as, in real life, they clutter up houses) . Browning will "give it all up" and move to her Grandmother's cottage on the edge of the Big Sur coastline (more dramatic than Rhode Island and equipped with previously contracted location-insurance policies).

Once there?.... Browning will set about acting very silly, helpless and foolish (but RESOLUTE!, so we LIKE her) as she fumbles her big-city-girl way through setting herself up as an ORGANIC chicken-farmer. She will have at least one major, crying-fit (BIG scene) during which she considers just surrendering and asks herself "How could I have thought I could ever do this on my OWN?". Enter the hunky, "earth-wise" neighbor she's only heard of, from the kindly old lady (with a "salty" sense of humor) down at the village-store. Played by James Franco (probably by Adrian Grenier, since Franco's way-bizzy these days), he will strip to the waist (while Browning dries those foolish tears from her eyes), fix her busted chicken coops AND win her shattered (if still bravely DETERMINED) heart.

You'll have one passionate (but also deeply fulfilling on a spiritual level) night with him when....the phone rings! Conde Nast has fired that nasty publisher and wants Browning to be the Head of The Entire Publishing Empire! That's how STUNNING Browning is! We knew it all along!

But can Browning make the decision to return to New York...leaving both her chickens and the first man who's ever really understood her inner deepest-self and its needs? Not to mention the stunning views of the California coastline?....

She will, that evening, take these troubles and SHARE them (lessons are to be learned in this film) with the first man who's truly understood her. Surprisingly, he suggests "Hey, I don't know much about these computers everyone's talkin' about these days... but couldn't you do it all by the email?...maybe go to New York once a month...but run it from the farm?". This is a brilliant, gratifyingly idiot-savante-ish idea....but Browning proposes it to the publishing empire bosses, and they go for it!!!!!

All we need at this point is to simply skip forward to the next year. And I bet you know what we'll see....a closing shot of Browning on the front steps, cradling the infant her hunky, simple-but-wise, now-husband has generously given her, while gloriously happy-and-organic chickens peck about at her feet. She'll take an urgent cell-call from New York while he takes the baby and tenderly cradles it to his chest (he may or may not have put his shirt back on by this time, depending on test-audience preview reactions), gazing adoringly at her........and all will be right with the world.

Although it has scarcely anything to do with your book.

Get ready...I see this coming down the road for you, Ms. Browning. If you need advice on how to handle this, just ask Frances Mayes.....

Level Best as Ever,

david terry

mirseven said...

Have been following your blog for a while and hope to read your book soon. I also just lost my job about a week and a half ago...trying to both still run around like a crazy person, make sense of everything and pretend nothing happened. Am interested and inspired by your experiences and want to read more!

Barbara Sissel said...

I read and loved Slow Love and can't think of a better Christmas gift or a better audible book. For anyone who is interested I reviewed the book for the blog Boxing the Octopus, www.boxocto.com. It is such a treasure and I enjoyed reading every last page!

Dominique said...

I cannot stop laughing about the chicken pecking at my feet while I run an Eastern Empire from my new Big Sur farm....F bombs away!

Anonymous said...

The audio version of your book sounds just what I've put on my list for Valentine's Day....hope it will be out by then? To hear you reading it will be a double whammy for me....hurry!

c said...

has david terry missed his calling or what?

Funny script, full of possibilities. hmmm .... wait, yeah! Hollywood calling you ...

Sue said...

I love to read too and hope soon to be the reader for an audio book that a friend of mine wrote. It hasn't been published yet but is in the hands of the publisher now. I have been asked to read it for the audio and I am excited and afraid all at the same time. I will remember the bit about soft clothing. From a class I took I know you have to be very careful of exterior noise.

david terry said...

Dear "c"...
"has david terry missed his calling or what?"

1. Actually, I haven't. I should emphasize, however, that I haven't bothered, for at least a decade, to keep track of the various "projects" I've re-worked without a by-line. Those would include a lucrtive pipeline of potential scripts for Burt Reynolds Prpductions (I think the stuff was supposed to end up on TV) during the time I was whittling away at Duke on a feminist dissertation regarding Thomas Hardy's heroines. There's a very good reason I haven't had to shower, dress, & haul-ass to some damn regular job since sometime in the first Clinton adminstration.

In any case, I never WANTED a byline for these writing projects (the same goes for many illustration projects I've done for "No Child Be Left Behind" state-testing programs over this past decade).

In short? In this world, you can make a lot of money by coughing up bad (but gratifying to your clients) work for third-rate endeavours (which happen to have large budgets and money-to-waste).

2. Oddly enough (given that, in "real" life, I'm generally regarded as an inveterate clown/joker), I've never been hired to do anything "funny" in my life. I can promise you that my "slow love life" pitch wouldn't at ALL be received as a "comedy" in many circles (I expect it would probably be pitched as "this Season's Best Heartwarmer... and rib-tickler!").

3. Thisis a country in which, finally, you can sell anything to almost everyone if you package it right and make a point of never letting your past-sales catch up with your current "image" while you're selling something else.

I hope that sounds practical and merely-observant, rather than distressingly cynial. In any case....it's true.

Level Best as ever,

David Terry (who's currently considering that maybe we might do well to suggest Kate Hudson rather than Anne Hathaway for the Browning role....although that would probably entail having to move the sets to somehwere-around San Diego and have Browning inherit her feisty-grandma's hippie-dippy surf-shop. It's not really a problem; we have folks who are underpaid to re-write the whole thing in a day......)

----david terry

Anonymous said...

Dear Dominique, You deserve all kinds of good news. You give so much to others. Hugs, Joyce