Book Tour Blog

Under New Mexican Meteors

New Mexico August 10 to August 16 I was sitting in the Albuquerque airport, frantically trying to catch up with email and my journal, when I looked up to find myself surrounded by women. Women of many ages and colors and sizes. Women lugging books and backpacks and laptops. Women looking excited, anxious, and travel-weary…. View Article

Ain’t No City Like New Orleans

Saturday, August 8 New Orleans A wild euphoria overtakes me every time my plane lands in New Orleans. It’s not that I’m naïve. I know about the astronomic crime rate, the grinding poverty, the history of natural and man-made disasters. But despite it all, I always sense an electric thread of joy running through the… View Article

A Waltz Through Tennessee

Nashville, August 8 None of us had ever been to Nashville, so we were pretty excited. Some of the kindest, most generous people I’ve ever met live in Nashville, so we were pretty excited to see them too. One of them, my lovely and brilliant friend Ruth, whom I met at a writing festival in… View Article

Things I have lost so far on book tour

Things I have lost so far on book tour: A coffee mug given to me by a bookstore The ability to sleep past 5 a.m. My favorite black cardigan My second-favorite black cardigan Two feather pillows Five pounds One paperback book One package of organic cheddar cheese All bodily pain One package of organic string… View Article

Photos from Washington, D.C.

I wrote captions for all of these photos, but they vanished when I posted them. So I’ll put them here. Photo One: is my friend Tobias with me at Politics & Prose bookstore. We met in Yemen! Photo Two: Theadora, Tim, and I go to the Spy Museum and learn how to keep secrets. Photo… View Article

Museums, Meals, and the Moon

Tuesday, August 4 Tim had meetings with the State Department this morning, so I got to spend the day with Theadora! We went to the Air & Space Museum, where she touched a moon rock, rode in a flight simulator, and made a paper airplane. When I was small, my grandparents took me to the… View Article

Travels and tragedy

August 3, 2015 I checked into the Palomar Hotel in Washington, DC to find they left a yoga mat for me! How did they know? I spent a long time on it this morning, working out travel kinks and stress. I cannot imagine doing a book tour without yoga. Without taking time to unthread the… View Article

Launch Photos!

A few photos from the festivities at Book Culture in New York

The whirlwind begins

Saturday, August 1, 2015 It seems I overestimated the time I would be able to spend writing here. I just did four book events in four days, each in a different town, so it’s been a whirlwind. But a very happy whirlwind! The launch of The Ambassador’s Wife in New York was one of the… View Article

Over Central Park

Sunday July 19, 2015 I’m writing this from an apartment on the 16th floor of a building overlooking Central Park. It belongs to our friends Jill and Marc, who have generously invited us to stay with them. I cannot tell you how fortunate we feel, how awash in luxury, to spread out in a spacious… View Article

‘Twas the night before book tour…

Thursday, July 16, 2015 So it’s the night before we head to New York to prepare for the launch of The Ambassador’s Wife and a many-city tour, and I feel like I’m having a heart attack. My always erratic heartbeat feels especially so, and is thudding so loudly it’s distracting me from work or sleep…. View Article