“Taste and See” has arrived!

Thus far, my week of spring break is notable for two reasons, one bad and one good:

1) I came down with the worst cold I’ve had in at least five years

2) My new book is here!

The good news is that #2 is so exciting it even makes up for for #1 (and, given the awfulness of this cold, that’s saying a lot).  The box of books from my publisher arrived on Monday afternoon, and I had to wait until last night to open it (Scott was out of town, and I wanted him to share in the big unveiling).  It was hard, I tell you: it was kind of like those kids and the marshmallows in the classic psychological experiment.  I had to draw on reserves of willpower that I haven’t used in a while.

But at last he came home and at the first opportunity I dove into the box.

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And here it is!

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I had seen the cover before in a digital format, but there is nothing like seeing the real thing.  It’s so pretty; the colors just pop.  (I love that Loyola Press design team — they are so insanely gifted.)

Front cover (I am never far from Kleenex these days)

Front cover (I am never far from Kleenex these days)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The design of the back cover is gorgeous too ... I love the circles.

The design of the back cover is gorgeous too … I love the circles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As is fitting for a book about the senses, I immediately opened it and breathed in the marvelous new-book smell, gulping it down like oxygen. (I will try that again when the cold is gone — not sure I got the full effect through my congestion).

So it’s here in three dimensions, this book that has meant so much to me.  In a lot of ways, it’s the book I’ve been wanting to write my entire adult life.  Now it goes out into the world where it will hopefully entertain and encourage others.

Starting with Scott.

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