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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811860795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811860796
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adair Lara, author of the charming and popular Normal Is Just a Setting on the Dryer and many other books, has been a reporter and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle for 16 years.

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Adair Lara started her career writing for local magazines--first at San Francisco Focus, the city magazine, and then at SF, a design magazine at which she passed herself off as someone passionately interested in interior design. She wrote freelance humor pieces for the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday section, and in 1989 they invited her to join the staff and write a regular column of my own. The newspaper was famed then for its columnists, which include Pulitzer Prize winners Stanton Delaplane, Charles McCabe, and Herb Caen. She has published some ten books or so, including several collections of columns (for more information, go to http://www.adairlara.com). Her essays have been anthologized upwards of fifty times.

She has won a wide range of awards including:
* 1990: Associated Press, Best Columnist in California.
* 1997: Humor Columns for Newspapers over 100,000, National Society of Newspaper Columnists
* 1998: First place, general interest columns, National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
* 1999: Second place, commentary, American Association of Sunday and Feature editors contest, competing against papers with circulation over 300,000.
* May 17, 2002 was declared Adair Lara Day in San Francisco by proclamation of Mayor Willie Brown

Published books include:
* Naked, Drunk, and Writing (Ten Speed Press, 2010)
* The Granny Diaries (Chronicle Books, 2008)
* The Bigger the Sign, the Worse the Garage Sale (Chronicle Books, 2007)
* You Know You're A Writer When (Chronicle Books, 2007)
* Oopise! Ouchie! (Chronicle Books, 2004) - a board book for kids
* Normal is Just a Setting on the Dryer Chronicle Books (2003)
* Hanging out the Wash (Redwheelweiser, 2002) - sold 11,043 copies
* Slowing Down in a Speeded-Up World (Redwheelweiser, 2002) - sold 18,061 copies
* Hold Me Close, Let Me Go (Broadway Books, 2001) - sold 22,000 copies in hardcover and paperback
* The Best of Adair Lara (Scottwall Associates, 1999) - sold 19,500 copies
* At Adair's House (Chronicle Books, 1995)
* Welcome to Earth, Mom (Chronicle Books, 1992)

Praise for Hold Me Close, Let Me Go
The thrilling level of honesty and discovery burned into every line of Hold Me Close, Let Me Go is something that rarely informs a memoir of any kind. In this case, Adair Lara has transcended the genre of self to achieve selflessness. Her story of her struggle, the mistakes, the triumphs, the abiding love and pure anguish to save her brilliant and self-destructive daughter is a must read for anyone who loves a child, or ever hopes to love a child. Not every child will follow Morgan's stormy passage to redemption, but many will, and for any parent, Lara's book will be a beacon.
--Jacqueline Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NaughtiLiterati VINE VOICE on October 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps it's because, like me, people don't know it's out there yet. I just discovered it today while doing my perfunctory browsing of the writing section at Barnes & Noble. Picked it up out of curiosity and didn't put it down...I took it straight to the register instead.

This book is hilarious, reading some of the ways to tell - if you have a file on every member of your family, you fall in love because someone uses a rare word properly, you stop an argument to write down a note, your "uniform" is a ratty bathrobe and slippers and your commute is 20 seconds - 20 extra if you stop to use the bathroom, you want to have WRITTEN but don't want to write, I could go on and on...I was in the store CRACKING THE FVCK UP!!!!!!

Think of Jeff Foxworthy's "You Know You're a Redneck If" and then add the wit of a writer TO a book about writers.

No writer should be without one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shearin on December 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was fortunate enough to receive this gem of a book from my nephew for Christmas. You Know You're A Writer When. . . is the perfect gift for the writer in your life. Or if you're a writer, treat yourself to a copy. Who needs a holiday to buy presents. There are 364 other perfectly good days to make your writer friends/spouse/significant others laugh out loud and/or snort their coffee.
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By hakeem on January 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I give this head line because I found my self in many of the same situations. I've always wanted to be an author but have found myself not being willing to write. reading this book is one of many events that's has reminded me that I need to get back to my dream, so hopefully I won't need any more.
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By John S. on July 5, 2013
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This is a very small book but full of funny and wise quotes aimed at those who write. Some of the quotes are focused on a female writer's perspective.
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This is a gem of a book for a writer. At every meeting of my memoir writers group, I read one item aloud to the group. Everyone has a chuckle.
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