I Hasten To Add...
I am overwhelmed by response -- on and off list -- and will address that in a moment, but first the following needs saying:
One of the e-mails waiting when I logged on tonight was from a friend who'd gotten a book for her Significant Other's mother, whom they'd visited for Thanksgiving. Friend wrote:
"[Sig. Other's] mother did appreciate your book, but fears that Bush might have you poisoned."
That may be only because she hadn't read the book yet: As I explain in the chapter titled "Desperately Seeking Republican T-Shirts," I am totally non-partisan. I went to Staten Island (!), and a mall in Allentown, PA !!, even a gun show in Harrisburg !!! (Really, I'm not making this up). All of it was very educational, fun in fact, tho I finally concluded that if Republicans do wear political T-shirts, they only wear them to secret meetings -- except at the Republican National Convention, which was T-shirt heaven.
But ... on the other hand -- I have had the flu all fall, which, come to think of it, is somewhat unusual. And I do speak quite strongly on the topic of "freedom of choice", which has its own interesting T-shirts (pro and con). But right-to-lifers wouldn't poison someone, would they?
Now, however, after wrestling alone with my evil computer for 209 pages, and seeing my mistakes the MOMENT they appeared in print (an open parenthesis without its mate, a period in the middle of a sentence, a comma simply dropped out of the sky -- even placing a SF building in LA) I am thrilled that praise arrives from obviously impartial sources...
Thank you so much -- especially to Sandy -- more than words can say.
Details will follow...