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Life from Scratch is in the White House

Indulge me with more White House stories as I finish the post with my actual notes tonight.  The night before I went, I inscribed a copy of Life from Scratch for the First Lady and threw it in my bag.  You just never know who you’ll bump into over there.

Many of you might not know this, but the First Lady is a blogger (and a BlogHer) herself.  During the election, she wrote four posts for BlogHer, and the whole administration has been forward-thinking in using online technology to disseminate their message.

So, a book about a blogger who uses an online medium in order to connect with others?  It seemed like a clear fit for the First Lady. (And it’s a pretty light read; I have to imagine that her job is fairly stressful.  Perhaps she wants to unwind with a good book at the end of the night.)

While I met her husband, the President, the First Lady was nowhere to be seen.  Before I left, I asked a staffer if she’d be able to give the First Lady my gift and she said she’d be happy to walk it over to her office.  So my book — like the many famous biographies lining the walls of the White House library — is currently inside the most important address in Washington, D.C.  Who knows if it was actually deposited in the First Lady’s hands and if she’s happily reading about how Rachel Goldman is teaching herself to cook, but it’s a fun visual to daydream about.

Okay, so if it’s good enough for the White House, don’t you want to get your own copy?  Or send a copy to a friend and tell them that they now have something in common with the First Lady?


1 Alexa { 02.07.11 at 9:13 am }

“…and she fainted dead away.” Right? Did you? Oh, I am proud as spit of you, Mel. I can’t wait to read it (though I suspect it will take a while as reading has suffered here lately and I have neglected books sadly sighing at me from every surface…)

2 a { 02.07.11 at 9:29 am }

That’s awesome!

3 manymanymoons { 02.07.11 at 9:38 am }

She is going to love it…I know I did!

4 loribeth { 02.07.11 at 9:39 am }

Very cool!

I have the book & have signed up for Lori’s book tour — just have to find some time to dive into it. :p

5 Bec { 02.07.11 at 9:50 am }

How very cool!!!

6 Denver Laura { 02.07.11 at 9:56 am }

It’s a good book so far… Life keeps interrupting but I haven’t been able to put it down yet.

7 It is what it is { 02.07.11 at 10:18 am }

Good for you for asking someone to give it to her and not leaving without doing so.
I clicked the hyperlink to her blog and got “Access Denied. Sorry, you do not have permissions to access this page”. However, when I searched for Michelle Obama in the Blogher search field, posts came up.

8 Kathy { 02.07.11 at 11:00 am }

Well aren’t you clever?! What a fabulous idea to bring a personalized copy of Life from Scratch for her! I bet she did get it and was very appreciative. She strikes me as that type of person. I am picturing FLOTUS enjoying some hot tea or a glass of wine after dinner some night soon while diving into your awesome book! I also didn’t know that she blogs or that she has contributed to Blogher. Very cool!

As for your book and anyone else out there who does have a copy… Seriously, what are you waiting for?! It’s that good!!! It’s also not too late to join us for the book tour that Lori at Write Mind, Open Heart is hosting and our dear Mel is participating in too! I am so excited and hope that more of you will jump on the bandwagon and join us! 🙂

9 Kathy { 02.07.11 at 11:02 am }

P.S. That was supposed to say for anyone out there who “doesn’t” have a copy! 😉

Also, did I mention I read Life From Scratch on my Kindle for iPhone app?! So convenient! 🙂

10 PaleMother { 02.07.11 at 11:32 am }

Got it on my Kindle and started it this weekend while I was in bed with the flu. 🙂

11 Lori Lavender Luz { 02.07.11 at 12:04 pm }

Shall I invite her to join the bloggy book tour?

12 Kristin { 02.07.11 at 12:45 pm }

Very cool…and I ordered my copy early last week. It should be here today.

And, Lori, absolutely invite her!

13 Bea { 02.07.11 at 2:06 pm }

I bet she’ll read it. Very exciting to think about.


14 HereWeGoAJen { 02.07.11 at 5:07 pm }

How cool!

15 flyingmonkeys { 02.07.11 at 7:20 pm }


16 Michelle { 02.07.11 at 9:53 pm }

That is sooooo exciting!!! Must send you the pic of me lunging with my book! I got it a few days ago! What a great, easy read. It sure takes me mind off of my adoption hoops and stressors. And I can TOTALLY hear your voice in it. I love that!!! Woo hoo!

17 Calliope { 02.07.11 at 10:52 pm }

um- yes. I all capped that.
number 1: loved it
number 2: I will never think of certain veggie cuisine in the same way EVER. ever.
number 3: Paz & I think this book should be a movie
number 4: we have volunteered ourselves to go with you

18 Calliope { 02.07.11 at 10:54 pm }

contd number 4: to the Hollywood & European premieres.
(my love was so large that it punched through me and clicked submit before I finished typing.)

19 TasIVFer { 02.08.11 at 6:34 pm }

Fantastic! 🙂

20 Rebecca { 02.08.11 at 8:22 pm }

You know she’s going to LOVE it!!! I’m about 70% done with it on my Kindle and am completely in love and I realize I’m jumping the gun a bit here, but totally hoping you write more books in the future! You are such a talented, witty writer and I LOVE your books!!! So glad the First Lady will get to enjoy your book as well:)

21 Barb { 02.13.11 at 10:11 pm }

Great job with being up front and out there Mel! How awesome!

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