Have you noticed how often authors seem to trade blurbs?
The old Spy magazine used to call attention to this practice regularly in its column “Logrolling in Our Time.” I’ve always wished someone would revive that column and, because no one has, I’ve decided to include a variation on that theme on this site.
The “Backscratching in Our Time” category on One-Minute Book Review is devoted to authors who praise each other’s books on dust jackets, in reviews and elsewhere. (The original announcement about this was filed under “Pages,” and I couldn’t figure out how to move it to “Categories” without reposting it, so that’s why some of you are seeing double.) One-Minute Book Reviews welcomes suggestions for blurbs that should be included here. Please use the address on the “Contact” page on this site to nominate authors.
Jon Katz on John Grogan: “Expect to laugh, cry and shake your head as you read this book … Marley is a great and memorable dog, and in the hands of a writer as observant, unsentimental and piercing as Grogan, this is a human-canine journey dog lovers will want to take.” From www.marleyandme.com
John Grogan on Jon Katz: “Jon Katz understands dogs as few others do, intuitively and unburdened by sentimentality. His keen insights cut to the heart of the human-pet relationship – it’s immense joys and painful sorrows.”
From the dust jacket of A Good Dog (Villard, 2006)
© 2006 Janice Harayda. All rights recovered.