A little death and humor, anyone?

By Mir
December 5, 2009
Category Contests

A month or so ago, my friendly (and awesome) contact at Hachette Book Group sent me an ARC (that’s an advance reader copy) of A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents by Liza Palmer. I put it on the towering pile of books on my nightstand, and about a week ago I managed to finish it. (I like to swallow books whole, in a single sitting, and my life isn’t terribly amenable to that these days. So I squirrel a book away in my purse and read it in little chunks in the carpool line and such.) I’d never read anything by Palmer before and I have to tell you: I am smitten. Field Guide is funny and wrenching, delightful and tragic, and just plain a great read—even if you have to read it in the carpool line. But hey, don’t take my word for it: The cover blurb is by Meg Cabot, proclaiming Liza Palmer to be one of her new favorite writers. Yeah. That Meg Cabot.

Six lucky Want Not readers are going to receive a hot-off-the-presses copy of Field Guide, which is being released later this month, and one of you will also receive Liza Palmer’s previous two books as well (Conversations with the Fat Girl and Seeing Me Naked). Care to deck the halls with rockin’ chick lit? Me, too.

To enter, first go review the contest rules and regulations, then come on back here and leave a comment on this post by 7:59 a.m. Eastern (that’s 4:59 a.m. Pacific) on Monday, December 7th, 2009 to be in the running. Winners to be determined by random number generation and general awesomeness.

Ready? Go!


  1. I feel a little morbid saying this, as I don’t especially WANT to bury my mom, but me?

    (Dad died some time ago; it’s not maternal preference or anything. 😉

  2. I also love devouring books whole. So although it will probably mean the dishes and dirty laundry will pile up, I woiuld love to read these books!

  3. I would love to read a book about this topic–my daddy is 75 and my mother is 73 and when I look at them I feel the cold wind of grief sweep over me already!

  4. I always need a new book.

  5. I love a good book!

  6. Here’s hoping none of us face that dilemma soon!

  7. I’m Irish so I kind of prefer death to be funny AND wrenching (and with a pint, if you please). Sign me up!

  8. I hope I win!

  9. If it weren’t for the library, we could never keep up with our addiction. Can you help me out?

  10. I’d love to win books!

  11. Would love this!

  12. Chick lit would be fab!

  13. Sounds like my kind of book!

  14. Oh please pick me, pretty Mir! (And you’re pretty too, random number generator. 🙂 )

  15. this sounds good. thanks wn

  16. Love it!!! 🙂

  17. Me, Me, Me!!!

  18. My interest is definitely piqued!

  19. Me please!

  20. pick me!

  21. Thank you!

  22. Sounds good, Mir! Thanks.

  23. Mmm. Reading. How I miss it. Thanks!

  24. Sounds just like what the doctor ordered to help put all the holiday stress behind me, come January!! 😉

  25. I’ve been looking for something new to read. Thanks!

  26. Sounds like a great author to add to my list.

  27. Reading is my most favorite thing to do. I neglect housework, and my kids, when I have a particulary good book. Please pick me, my children have been getting far too much attention lately:)

  28. I’m the same way, and I haven’t found a really gripping read lately – thanks!

  29. Loves me some books!!!

  30. Love books! please…

  31. I love books!

  32. I could use some chick lit!

  33. Just reread the HP series (…again…)and am ready for some new stuff!

  34. I love books! This sounds like a great set.

  35. Some new books to read over the holidays would be great!

  36. I need a little light reading this holiday season!

  37. Who says diamonds are a girls best friend…I say its books!

  38. Oh my. On reading the description, I had to check the author’s bio just to make sure she wasn’t one of my aunts… This one hits close to home, and I’d love to get a book that might make me laugh about such things.

  39. You know me, always up for a little dark humor. 😉


  40. I love to read. Would have been great as I sit watching the snow fall.

  41. Sounds great. Please count me in.

  42. ooh, me me! I would love to have something new on the bookshelf!

  43. Yahoo! I would love to have a good holiday read!

  44. I love finding new books to read!

  45. I need a new book.

  46. I’d read that! or maybe give it to my mom…

  47. This book sounds wonderful — I have my fingers crossed.

  48. Christmas!

  49. I heart books!

  50. Thanks Mir!

  51. Please pick me random number generator.

  52. Would love new books to read!!

  53. Thanks, Mir

  54. Merry Christmas! This would be great.

  55. A good book would be awesome!
    Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  56. Ooo fun count me in!

  57. I’m in! A little sumpin’ sumpin’ in my stocking if I win…although this will kill my Kitchenaid Karma over at Pioneer Woman!

  58. Sounds lovely!!

  59. Moving to a new house with a Jaccuzi tub – new books are a
    “must have” to enjoy the new digs!

  60. This would be a great Merry Christmas to me gift!

  61. Sounds good.

  62. Ooo, me me! Sounds divine.

  63. Pick me random number generator….

  64. Sounds great… I could use a few new reads. Been too busy shopping for everyone else these days.

  65. Wonderful!

  66. A good book under my pillow makes me have sweet dreams zzzzz

  67. I am generally awesome! Pick me! 🙂

  68. my awesomeness is awesome. enough said. pick me oh random number generator!

  69. Please?

  70. Love Love Love trying new books and new authors!

  71. Books? Are you kidding me? I’m a LIBRARIAN.

  72. Books are good..

  73. I’m always up for a new find!

  74. I need something good to get me out of the “Twilight” haze. Thanks!

  75. Oooh, I need a new book for the long drive home before christmas!

  76. Yay books! Thanks for another great giveaway!

  77. Books are awesome – pick me please…

  78. I am a school librarian and I read tons of kid books during the school year. But, holidays are for me and I am dying for something good to read!!

  79. Sounds like an awesome book!

  80. So cool, Mir! Thanks for the chance to win books. There are those times were we just need to put our mind into something other than our daily drama.

  81. Me please!

  82. I always need more books. NEED!

  83. I would LOVE to win these please!!!!

  84. I love books … all books, but lately chick-lit holds a special place in my heart (and is so much easier to pass on to friends – and my mom – than my sci-fi and fantasy favourites.

  85. Count me in. I love a good book!

  86. I want one!

  87. I need a great book to read over the holidays

  88. thanks!

  89. The Field Guide sounds like something that I will be needing in the not-too-distant future. A little humor could do nothing but help.

  90. Oooh! Oooh! Want!

  91. Yeah! Books!

  92. Yes, please.

  93. love it!

  94. As a lover of books…I would love to win! Come-on random number generator! 🙂

  95. Love to read!!

  96. Me! I’m a voracious reader!!!

  97. Sounds great to me!

  98. I love free books. sign me up!!!!

  99. YAY books!

  100. Books! Hooray!

  101. Books are wonderful!

  102. Oooooooooh me me! I’m Irish too, and with Em! Funny and wrenching is what we DO.

  103. sounds great!

  104. Sounds like this is right up my alley, and I’ll be on bedrest for a few weeks – it would be great entertainment.

  105. Books are my favorite presents and prizes.

  106. Booooks!

  107. Pick me! Pick me!! Sounds like some great books and I need some new ones!

  108. Count me in for some bathtub reading!

  109. Book me.

  110. Sounds fun!

  111. I love good books!

  112. These books look great!

  113. I am always up for a new book!

  114. Christmas present for ME!!

  115. I’m always looking for good new authors.

  116. Sometimes morbid can be fun.

  117. I deserve a nice little Christmas gift!

  118. Books! Librarians! A natural match. These sound great.

  119. I love it when you give away books!

  120. I’ve been looking for a new “snack” myself! These books sound quite tasty.

  121. Always love new books!

  122. Oohhhhh, I LOVE Liza Palmer! I met her at a book fair and I have a signed Conversations with the Fat Girl to prove it. Plus, a picture with her! She was so sweet. Anyway, I would love this! Pick me!

  123. Sounds like I’d like her books. Count me in!

  124. book eating is my bestest hobby

  125. Those sound great. I could use a few new books!

  126. My parents aren’t getting any younger, so pick me!

  127. Never read her! Sounds great!

  128. oh, please, make me laugh!

  129. Never heard of her! But sounds good!

  130. thanks for the opportunity

  131. me. me. me.

    Can I beg or tell you that you are pretty???

  132. My mom needs this book, my grannie is geting up there. And I LOVE chick lit.

  133. Hmmmm, i could use some good reading materials to get me off the computer!!

  134. sounds good?.?.

  135. I’d love to win this!

  136. I love a good book!

  137. Wow, I’m so far down the list of commenters. I remember back when there weren’t so many readers. Good for you and GO MIR!

  138. This sounds really, really awesome. I would love to win this one!

  139. Me me me!!!!

  140. books are good….

  141. Sounds good

  142. A Christmas present for me? Yahoo!

  143. Pick me!!!

  144. oh, please!

  145. Would love some new books.

  146. I just cleaned out my bookshelf to make room for some new books so I *need* to win! Yay for weekend giveaways 🙂

  147. Yay Books! Thanks for the chance!

  148. I ooze general awesomeness.

  149. I’m in.

  150. Lurve Meg Cabot.

  151. Funny is alwasy good!

  152. My stack of reading matierial is getting low. I could use a new book to read, please.

  153. I cannot wait to read this book!

  154. The book sounds awesome and I would love a copy. Pick me please!

  155. love me some chick lit!

  156. I’m always looking for a good book, and I would have to read it in the carpool line, but that’s fine with me.

  157. These would be great over Christmas break when all six kids are home and I need some mom time.

  158. Oooh! Me!!

  159. Books are great…especially when free!!!

  160. Me Me Me : )

  161. I’d love it!

  162. I do the same thing with books. When I first discovered Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, I read each one through, only stopping for food or extremely important kid requests.

  163. My own towering stack can always use a new author.

  164. Always up for a new book.

  165. Always love new books!

  166. I haven’t read her, sounds interesting.

  167. Ditto on the new books!

  168. What a great recommendation!

  169. New books! Woot! Yes, please. Intruiging title too.

  170. Me me me

  171. yes please

  172. Ooh! Ooh! New reading!

  173. Thanks!!

  174. Books books I love books especially free books. Pick me pick me…

  175. sounds like a book I would really enjoy!

  176. Always love books…

  177. Cool!

  178. Totally need a new book to read!

  179. Would love them – thanks!

  180. It’s always time for new books. And have I told you lately how pretty you are 😉

  181. Have I ever told you about my addiction to books? ‘Tis true, and not a bad addiction to feed. Really! And I share! So my winning a book is like an entire community winning a book. Good thoughts

  182. Addiction indeed . . my reading addiction fulfills the criteria, I let housework and other important things slide just so I can READ!

  183. Pick me!!! Pick me!!!

  184. I would love to read these books. Thanks!

  185. Love to read. I tend to read two to three books at a time.

  186. I love to read also, but I had to enter because your rules and regulations page is funny as heck! I love a writer with a good sense of humor!

  187. Sounds great, I’m just not going to put it on the bookshelf where my parents will see it!

  188. awesome contest, I love to read!

  189. I could always use another good read!

  190. A timely read for me, would love to get a hold of it. thanks !

  191. As always, I wake up, open my laptop and check Mir’s site.
    Anyway, reading your post about HOW you read is like me… especially carpool. I sit in carpool for preschool (ok only for 25 minutes) and for my kindergartner (that one I sit for nearly 45 minutes). Reading a book is probably better than messing with my iPhone everyday 🙂

  192. I don’t think I would have picked it up by the title (kinda morbid and if my mother saw it she’d probably be a bit worried), but your recommendation has me curious to read it now. 🙂

  193. Reading is cool.

  194. The title intrigues me!

  195. Sounds like a book to read and share with my daughter..! I love your contests and if I don’t win, I usually end up buying it or borrowing it, so thanks for the recommendations too!

  196. A new book would be wonderful…

  197. I’m up for a change in my reading material.

  198. I’ll take them 🙂

  199. Sounds great – thanks for the chance to win!

  200. I have heard great things about her! 🙂

  201. I would love to win new books!

  202. Always need more books..

    thanks Mir, you’re pretty !!!

  203. I heart books!

  204. What a great prize to win!

  205. I’d love to win! Though you, of course, are the queen of general awesomeness pretty, witty Mir!

  206. Yes-books!

  207. I need a new read!

  208. books are always good

  209. Sounds good!!!

  210. Books! Count me in.

  211. Can’t think of a better way to pass the gloomy days of winter.

  212. This book sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the chance, Mir!

  213. I’m curious….

  214. Mmm… books!

  215. Looks great! Thanks – Jessica

  216. I wanna read it. I wanna read everything. Thanx for the chance Mir.

  217. Always love a new book! Thanks Mir!

  218. Sounds like an interesting read!

  219. I feel I am in a long line!

  220. C’monm baby…mama needs a new book!

  221. I need a good book to read over Christmas break!!!!

  222. I would love a good book!!! (or two)

  223. Sounds good!

  224. Just like clocks, you can never have too many books!

  225. always looking for new interesting reading

  226. These sound great–count me in!

  227. oh pick me!!! i never win!! i love books!!!

  228. Please count me in. Thanks~

  229. I always need a new book!

  230. Sounds great!

  231. books are my happiness 🙂

  232. My favorite prize – books! Thank you for the chance.

  233. Yum…books.

  234. I would love to try a new (to me) author recommended by the pretty, pretty Mir.

  235. Count me in!

  236. I’m in. Definitely willing to give this author a whirl.

  237. love books!

  238. Free books are my favorite kind!

  239. need to find a great gift for my mom who likes to read. I hope I win!

  240. sounds hysterical mememememe!

  241. I love to read!! Pick me please.

  242. I love to read & would love to win these!

  243. I have a new baby and could squeeze a good book in during naps!

  244. oh I would love this! Look random generator – something shiny!

  245. I love to read! Please pick me!

  246. Um, chick-lit? No thanks….
    JUST KIDDING, pick me, pleasepleaseplease!!!!

  247. Sounds like a great read!

  248. These books are all ones I had not heard of and sound very entertaining. I would love to win! Btw, I love this blog and have found myself checking in with it daily.

  249. Yay, new books!

  250. Pick me pick me!!

  251. sounds good.

  252. Please? I love books. Any book. My hubby calls me a book “not so nice name for a woman of easy virtue”

  253. Wanna read.
    Need books.

  254. Sounds awesome!

  255. Books are wonderful! I LOVE to read! Pick Me, Please!

  256. Free book? Okay then.

  257. I would love to win this. I need a new book and hate to spend money on them!

  258. I’d love some rockin’ chick lit! The other 2 sound hilarious!

  259. I could use this. Pick me! Pick me!

  260. Sounds awesome!

  261. Sounds great!

  262. Reading? For pleasure? Doesn’t happen often, so I try to be sure the books I pick up are highly recommended. Xmas break at my mom’s will include some reading time!

  263. Love a great book!!

  264. I also eat books. Welcome to the club!

  265. New books. Yum.

  266. Sounds good!

  267. Oh, new books. FREEEEE books. YAY!!! Merry Christmas to me!

  268. I would LOVE some new books for Christmas!

  269. Me Me Me Me

  270. I am truly intrigued by a book described as “funny and wrenching, delightful and tragic” what a combination!

  271. that sounds very intriguing!!

  272. I have old parents!

  273. Sounds great!

  274. I need a book for my trip to Florida.

  275. I would love some new books for the cold winter months ahead.

  276. Nothing like a new book (or more)!

  277. Sometimes I feel like books are the only adult conversation I get. (hi small offspring!)

  278. Looks good? I guess?

  279. Yes Please.

  280. Please consider me entered into the contest!

  281. great giveaway- always looking for new reads

  282. Maybe this time you will pick me!

  283. Yes, thank you!

  284. I love books!

  285. Need to win these….love a good book!

  286. I am always looking for a new book to read!

  287. Me, please! I loved her other books!

  288. New books! New books! I have no new reading material and now my husband expects me to talk to him at night! Oh the horror! Heh.

  289. Free books rock!

  290. Could totally use a good free book!

  291. Been doing a lot of professional development reading lately, so would love something for fun. Thanks for the opportunity!

  292. Yay books!

  293. Yes, please!

  294. Reading a good book in front of the fireplace, sounds like a good holiday activity to me!

  295. This would be perfect to read on the long – 22 hr – drive home for Christmas (obviously not while I’m the one driving!)

  296. I would like it please, pretty Mir!

  297. Dark humor – my favorite! pick me!

  298. pick me please

  299. I need some new books. Pick me!

  300. That sounds divine.

  301. I start a months vacation next week and might even have time to devour a book whole!

  302. Enter me please.

  303. Books for me? How grand!

  304. Love to read! Thanks!

  305. General awesomeness, huh? The bar may be set a little high..

  306. Love some books around here!

  307. I love to read and am looking for something new and interesting.

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