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How We Assembled Indiespensable #18

(Editor's Note: While this installment is sold out, we do have signed first editions available for purchase here.)

Indiespensable Volume 18 features Brady Udall's The Lonely Polygamist, and we'll admit it: the title grabbed us. It also helped that Dan, our publisher rep at Norton, gushed about the book (and Dan's not known for excessive gushing). Our hunches were further confirmed when Megan came back from Winter Institute, an independent booksellers conference held in January, with the news that Polygamist was one of the most buzzed about there. Heidi and Kim first read and raved about all 500+ pages, and we were sold. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Norton again, since we had such a great experience creating a special edition of David Small's beautiful graphic memoir Stitches for Volume 13. (See that volume here).

In a starred review, Publishers Weekly raved:

A superb performance....Udall's polished storytelling and sterling cast of perfectly realized and flawed characters make this a serious contender for Great American Novel status.

We were so curious about the story behind this remarkable family saga that Jill caught up with Brady Udall for an interview. Quite taken by his candid answers, we couldn't resist sending along another set of collectible author cards. We hope the additional insight is as enjoyable for you as it always is for us. (You can read Jill's entire interview with Brady Udall here.)

Then, over some fish tacos at ¿Por Que No? on N. Mississippi, Megan came up with the idea that perhaps our subscribers (and Golden Richards, the transgressing polygamist in question) could benefit from some soul-saving suds — thus, the "Wash Away Your Sins" industrial strength cleansing bar, guaranteed effective enough for most liars, cheaters, and general wrongdoers. But, should temptation strike while out and about, the included moist towelettes are the ultimate in on-the-go redemptive purification.

Share your excitement about this book (or tell us about your sins, we're trustworthy) on the Indiespensable blog.

Happy reading!

The Indiespensable Team

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A collective of high muckamucks, the Panjandrums largely spend their time in competitive Bananagram duels and negotiations regarding Pie Friday — not to mention painstakingly designing each installment of Powell's subscription club, Indiespensable, with the help of independent publishers and local merchants. From time to time, they find it entertaining to give you a look at the hows and whys behind the what. But, if you're yearning for more, send questions, suggestions, and random anecdotes to (They especially like stories about pets, babies, and pie fillings.)

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Stitches
    Used Hardcover $9.95

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