Dear Friends, Readers, Countrymen and Women,
Today, after a long journey, my book Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home is officially published. So many of you have been with me since the beginning--I can't tell you the emotion I feel this morning remembering some of your notes as Dan, Hopper, baby and I drove across America toward home. Some of you worried about tornados and snow; some of you wanted to make sure we had a place to stay; some of you worried we might not have the money for immunizations for our baby. The kindness and love that came our way, well, I can't tell you how much it meant to us. And, more than that, when we felt defeated and broken you gave us hope for America. Because you are the heart of this country--and we're all in this together. Thank you for teaching me this important lesson and making it so that we felt less alone when we were struggling.
I raise this book to you and say THANK YOU this morning. I made this book for you and for me.
PS: Here's the video I recently created (link here, full look below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a1pVf1IzQk). Take a look and share it if you want!
I thought I'd share some of the advance words of praise I'm getting, because you ALL helped me get here. So we're getting this praise together. Love, Caitlin
PS: If you check out my FB author page at Caitlin Shetterly Author you can watch the new trailer for my book!
Advance Praise for MADE FOR YOU AND ME:
“For anyone still buried underneath the rubble of the economic collapse, Made for You and Me is more than a relatable read; it’s a straightforward and unsweetened source of inspiration.”
“A deeply personal and riveting, alternately funny and poignant read. . . . Forget the Cleavers. Shetterly’s is the new American family.”
“A redemptive story of how Caitlin Shetterly and her passionately devoted husband fought life to a draw in their coast-to-coast-to-coast odyssey. Kerouac would be proud. In fact he might be envious.”
—Peter Davis, Academy Award-winning director
“Compelling. . . . Readers would be wise to heed her commentary on the loss of our small towns, homelessness, joblessness and the increasing economic divisions between Americans.”
"This book will make many many people feel less lonely in the world." ---Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge and Finding Beauty in a Broken World
“Shetterly’s lovely, moving account of her small family’s journey to seek out and attain the sometimes elusive American dream.”
—Isabel Gillies, author of Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story
Yesterday evening was my book launch party..and although it was Oscars night and although it was snowing (and Dan and Chris from Longfellow books had to shovel a path to the door!) some intrepid souls came out and we had a lovely time! Thanks so much to Anne Zill for hosting the party and making all the amazing hors d'oeuvre.
A week from tomorrow my book will be officially OUT! And then it's off to the races.
It's odd under any circumstances to have a book come out. It's also exciting and thrilling and scary and you hope so much that this papery child you've birthed will do, well, something good for the world.
But like all mothers, as I keep one eye on the book, I keep the other on the real flesh and bones child, who is most definitely the CEO of everything in our house. This morning, as I left to come work for a bit, he was busily showing his Nonnie (my mother, who had spent the night after coming to the party) exactly where every piece of laundry went and making sure no napkins go mixed in with the dish towels and no rags went in with his special stash of face towels we keep in the kitchen. As my friend Craig said drily this morning about his Godson, "He sounds just like someone I know!"
Well, friends, this has been quite a journey we've been on together. I'm so grateful to all of you. I hope we can connect at one of the readings I've listed below...and, if not, here on this blog.
NEW YORK CITY, NY
Thursday, March 10, 6:00 PM
CORNER BOOK STORE
1313 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128
Wednesday, March 16, 12:00 PM
PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY Brown Bag Lecture Series
Main Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, ME 04101
Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 PM
430 Gorham Road, South Portland, ME 04106
Saturday, April 2, Time TBA
MAINE FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK
USM's Abromson Center, Portland, ME 04102
Thursday, April 7, 7:00 PM
One Monument Way, Portland, ME 04101
Friday, May 6, 4:00-6:00 PM
MAINE MAGAZINE BOOK SIGNING EVENT, FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
(with Susan Conley, Caitlin Shetterly, Melissa Coleman, and Vicki Doudera)
75 Market St., Suite 203, Portland, ME
Tuesday, May 17, 9:30 AM-12:15 PM
MAINE WRITERS ON MEMOIR
Deering High School, 370 Stevens Avenue, Portland, ME 04103-2688
*ONLY FOR HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS AND MEDIA
Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 PM
RIVERRUN BOOKSTORE READING
20 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 PM
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
Saturday, March 26 & Sunday, March 27; Details TBA
BROWARD PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION Literary Feast
100 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Thursday, March 31, 7:00 PM
27 South Main Street, Concord, NH 03301
BLUE HILL, ME
Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 PM
BLUE HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY with BLUE HILL BOOKS
5 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill, Maine 04614
Wednesday, April 21, 6:00 PM
Brown University, 244 Thayer Street, Providence, RI 02912
So often, these days, even with good early reviews, I find myself going...OK, but did they get my book? Today I got a review from someone who GOT IT! I wanted to share.
Here it is:
A reason to live
Review by Pete Croatto
Caitlin Shetterly is not coy. In her memoir Made for You and Me, partially adapted from her pieces for National Public Radio, we endure her bedridden pregnancy and see her screaming at her loyal husband, Dan. Not surprisingly, Shetterly offers no tidy ending to the couple’s rage against the current recession. But her honesty compels you to keep reading, even as your heart breaks.
Dan and Cait believed that moving from Maine to California would have nothing but benefits. Dan was ready to escape his full-time photographer job, and Shetterly—an actor who founded her own theater company—had her own creative aspirations. They both loved Los Angeles, and their friends were thriving there. In March 2008, Dan and Cait packed up their car and ventured west to seize the opportunities that surely awaited them.
But they couldn’t escape reality—dumpy apartments covered with mold, Shetterly’s unexpected (but cherished) pregnancy—and the recession finally wrapped its tentacles around their livelihoods. Almost overnight, Dan and Cait’s security unraveled. Jobs were nonexistent. Funds ran dry. Eventually, the only option was to return to Maine and move in with Shetterly’s mother. “I don’t even know what I’d smash,” an angry Dan says shortly before they depart. “It’s all getting smashed for me.”
Shetterly’s honesty is an enormous asset, and it’s not her only one. She’s a personable and humorous narrator who turns her American tragedy into an examination on how love carries us to the next day. Her dreams flattened, her life in tatters, at one point Shetterly feels crushed. Then she looks at her infant son. “I knew I needed to choose life and hold on tight,” Shetterly writes. For anyone still buried underneath the rubble of the economic collapse, Made for You and Me is more than a relatable read; it’s a straightforward and unsweetened source of inspiration from someone who was knocked out by the American Dream but still keeps fighting.
So...one of the themes in my book Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home is the American Dream.
Originally, the American Dream was not about achieving riches; it was about making this country a beacon of liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We have to remember that America was, as Lincoln said, “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Made for You and Me is a story of the American Dream not just because we had sixteen dollars in our bank account on the day I sold my book. It’s also because we finally found our place in the world when we came home to family--this, perhaps, was what we were searching for when we went west.
The night I sold this book, Dan said to me “F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong! There are second acts, and third and fourth and fifth and sixth!” Americans have led revolutions, staged rebellions, reached across barriers to help each other, and created some of the most inspired music, art, poetry, fiction and dance in the world. And Americans have done it because, as Zora Neale Hurston once wrote, “The dream is the truth. And then they act and do things accordingly.” No matter how rough things get, we as a people still believe that anything is possible.
One might say that my story is proof that it still exists--at least within ourselves. Others might say the American Dream is dead. What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!
Check out the book due out March 8th at www.caitlinshetterly.com
Early SALE price at amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Made-You-Me-Going-Finding/dp/1401341462/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_1