My new book, BOUNCE: A Memoir of Resilience, just came out. It’s available in paperback and for Kindle on Amazon. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited member, you can get it for free or for points or something like that. I’m not too sure how all that works. But if you prefer an honest-to-goodness book in your hands as I do, the paperback is just $8.99. And of course, a paperback is easier to wrap…and stick in a stocking…or bring to a beloved teacher, coach, neighbor, friend.

You get my drift.

I finished writing BOUNCE a long while ago, then searched high and low for a publisher. As one didn’t materialize, I finally decided to publish it myself. I’ve never done that before and there’s not a lot of assistance for newbies learning the ropes, so there are a few things you might notice are missing from the book. The story is all there. No worries! But little things needed finessing and, once you’ve clicked a few buttons on Amazon there’s no going back and finessing anything! Who knew? Not me. So what elements needed finessing?

The dedication. 

Mom, BOUNCE is for you. You are the most resilient person I’ve ever met and because of you, I’m a pretty strong woman, too. Thank you for setting the example, for teaching me the importance of gratitude, and for always being there for me. When the boys were born, when Stu was so very sick, when my heart hurt. When my first books came out, when I gave that TED talk (!), when Case got his license (!), when Cuy made the team (!), when I fell in love with Rob. You have always been there for me. No one has a better mom than I do. (Although Nick and Dan’s mom comes pretty close.)

The acknowledgements.

As you’ll see, there are none. Yep. Thought I’d get to add those but, no. So without further delay:

My deepest thanks to Laura Clark for being my “ground zero” reader and giving me seriously excellent advice and encouragement every step of the way. Thank you also to Charity Duncan who not only read the book again and again, but came up with an amazing alternative title when I was considering reworking the whole thing and was pulling my hair out. If you ever decide to stop teaching, Charity, you’d make an excellent editor. Thanks also to Jennifer Goldman and Trisha Clark for reading, advising, encouraging, and making suggestions. Some of which I actually took! Thanks also to my sons, Casey and Cuyler. Both your pictures should appear next to the word “resilience” in the dictionary. I’m incredibly proud of you two. And finally, thanks to my husband, Robert. For believing in me, supporting me, encouraging me, bringing me tissues (and wine) when I cried because “no one wants my baby!” I love you so very much, my bamboo rescuer. You make me laugh every single day. Thank God for you.

Thanks also to all of you reading this. Your notes and posts and emails mean the world to me. It’s been eleven years since 500 Acres and No Place to Hide came out, and you’re still here, cheering me on. I am one lucky girl.

Finally…. If you’d like a sneak preview (because who doesn’t love a sneak preview?!) of BOUNCE, click here. And then, when the preview pops up, click the back arrow a few times to get to the actual start of the book. I have no idea why it doesn’t load correctly but it doesn’t. Oy vey!

Much love,

Susan