Three, two, one…

There was this one time when I asked a whole bunch of people if they would help me put together a book, some of them close friends, others whose work I had admired for years, and I remember one exchange in particular when this one guy said SURE! and the excitement I experienced was not unlike what I imagine it would feel like to impregnate Angelina Jolie myself.

That book comes out today:

the book

It’s called Things I Learned About My Dad (in therapy) and it’s a collection of essays about fatherhood from the perspective of fathers, wives, daughters and sons. I’ve written two of the 17 essays, one about my father and one about Jon. A few weeks ago I gave my father an advance copy of the book with the hope that he would read what I had written, but I didn’t say anything to him other than HERE IS MY HEART AND SOUL, DO WITH IT WHAT YOU WILL. I found out a week later that he had taken it home and used it to prop up a wobbly toilet. I like to think that I improved his life by those two inches.

The other authors are Kevin Guilfoile, Matthew Baldwin, Matt LaPlante, Alice Bradley, Doug French, James Griffioen, Greg Allen, Greg Knauss, Maggie Mason, my hot geek husband Jon Armstrong, Leah Peterson, Sarah Brown, Eden Kennedy, Gail Armstrong, and my man in Houston, Bill Farrell. I am eternally indebted to these people for their hard work and cooperation and for making this book such a spectacular collection of emotion: humor, sorrow, frustration, joy, and forgiveness. I won’t say which, but one of these essays completely transformed me, and I’m a better person for having read it.

Starting today the book is available at the following retailers:

Barnes and Noble
Kensington Books

On Thursday June 5 I’m going to be doing a signing at a local bookstore called The King’s English on 15th East in Salt Lake City. I’ll be sure to post more specific details as that date draws near and would encourage everyone to come and say hello even if you don’t want to bother with the book. I haven’t ever done a local meet and greet and thought this would be the perfect occasion. But be warned, I am known to bite. And suddenly break out into song.

I don’t think the publisher is sending me anywhere to do press or signings, but I’ve had a few requests from readers who wanted to know if they could send me their copy so that I could sign it and then send it back to them. I’m more than happy to do this as long as you include return postage (please send it to the address on my contact page), and what the hell, I’ll tuck a little extra something into the envelope. I promise it won’t be gross. Maybe.

Finally, I want to thank my editor Danielle Chiotti whose name should be right next to mine on the cover of the book given how much work she did to get this thing out the door. She is a superhero, and I can’t thank her enough for hanging in there with me. Also, my agent Betsy Lerner, who has been my tireless advocate for over three years. She has suffered endlessly, and I owe her a beer.


  • Erin

    I’m so so so excited for you and all of the writers/contributors. I will be purchasing a copy and look forward to reading it :) Congratulations!

  • HP

    Congrats! I just ordered it and can’t wait for it to get here.

    Now, take a couple of deep breaths and start the next one!

  • SarahThe

    Am dying to know which essay it was now. You should have a contest. Winner gets… one of your featured prints. Or something. Something like those cute fox napkins!

  • Hippo Brigade

    Bravo! Your book is going to kick a fair piece of ass.

  • Chrysalis

    Congratulations! Did you know it’s already available used?

  • Danielle

    I pre-ordered my book months ago and it shipped yesterday. I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS. You are my constant source of entertainment.

  • anti-blogger

    I just love you Heather! You crack me up! Everything you say is just freakin’ hilarious. I wish your book well, and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I swear I won’t use it to sturdy a toilet, I’ll leave that to your family. But I can’t promise it won’t see the inside of my bathroom! *Yuck, Gross! Like you want to hear all the various locations your book will be in my house! Bleh!*

    I too think your photography is incredible. You have many talents. Thanks for sharing.

  • gijyun

    fyi – barnes and noble in downtown philly didn’t have it in stock and said it wouldn’t be available may 1st. :(

  • Becky

    Awesome! Congratulations. Enjoy your momentary sigh of relief.

  • M. Leray

    Congrats!! I can only imagine how excited you must be. I can’t wait to check it out.

  • Ariel

    I asked my boyfriend to order it for my mothers day gift. He said he would. HE DIDN’T, so I just bought it! And now he has to actually think about what to get me :)

  • chica dificil

    My father is the one man who has never let me down.
    Looking forward to this read.

    Chica Dificil

  • sarah

    i can’t wait to read them! i bought a copy today, and when i’m done reading it will be my dad’s father’s day gift- yay!

  • sromeo

    Heather, do you think you’ll be doing a book signing in the New York area any time soon?

  • Amanda

    Congratulations! What an exciting day for you and your family.

  • Marie


    I’m a new reader of your blog, found it through TheGirlWho, anyway… I’m now quite the avid reader and really enjoy your writings (planning on purchasing the book!) and photos…

    your pictures are amazing! I love the ones of your dog, I would love to be able to take such good pictures of mine… If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of camera do you have? or what trick do you use to not get that horrible reflection from their eyes?

    Any info would be great! and keep up the great work!! :-)

  • Jen

    Congratulations, it looks like a fantastic read!

    How about a signed book giveaway? No? Okay. Cool.

  • Kate

    I got an email today from Amazon saying they are shipping the book to me. Yay!

    I’m so excited!

  • Drew

    As a father and a Dooce fan I will consider this a must summer read. Congratulations!!

  • Amy in Ohio

    Just purchased it from Amazon. Can’t wait to read (after I gift it to husband of course). Yes, I’m that much of a giver.

  • Christy

    How exciting for you! I can’t wait to go out & get it tonight–I’m looking forward to reading the essays of so many bloggers I’ve come to know and love (not in a weird way–maybe.) Congratulations on all of your success!

  • Audrey

    You’re number 29 at in the HOT NEW RELEASES section!!!!

    Yay! I can’t wait to get my copy :)

    It’s silly but in a way, im proud of you.

  • Ely

    Congrats! I can’t wait to dig into this

  • Ciara

    Congrats on the book but I was distracted by the LDS ad at the top of the page so I clicked it, thinking it was some kind of joke. But no! It actually took me right to the page where there are missionaries recording my IP address so they can send me Mormon spam. Lord help me!

  • May

    I’ve only been following you a few months, but I must say your success couldn’t be helped. You’ve worked hard, your fans LOVE you (and your haters can go fly a kite); now sit back and enjoy that success. YAAAAAAY! Congratulations!

  • Holly

    Congratulations on your book!

  • Christy Wood

    Congratulations!!! I guess this means my pre-ordered copy will be shipping soon (claps in anticipation!)! Like a true dooce addict, I will now have something to read in between your posts.

  • Christy

    Finally! I now have a plan for my stimulus check!

  • Lori

    I was going to say “Congratulations” but a bunch of people already said that.

    Then I was going to say “Enjoy your success” but I thought that could come out like a veiled threat depending on how you read it.

    How about “You did it! Be proud!!!”

    No…too corny…

    I like sandwiches.


    P.S. My Captcha was Topaz Men, which sounds like a band.

  • coryBasil

    Congrats on the book…
    and thanks for brightening the days of thousands who read you, myself included.

  • alex

    De-lurking to wish you my very best. Great job, Heather!

  • michelle

    Congradulations on the birth of your book. It’s on the way to Canada to my home..then back to you for a signing and then back to me. So it will definately be flying!!
    Thanks for always adding a smile into my day.

  • Sra

    Your dad sounds like a bit of a dooce-bag. No offense. If it makes you feel better, I’m planning to check out your book.

  • Ruby

    I went to get my copy of the book at Barnes & Noble and they said they wont have it until May 1. :(

    On a side note, Congrats!

  • Michael Drips

    You’ll be THRILLED to know that Amazon doesn’t tell you if you have already pre-ordered an item, so due to my own lack of sense or awareness I am receiving TWO COPIES of your book today. Gah!
    Well I suppose I could donate one to the local library instead of returning it to Amazon. I can see the headlines now: “Mysterious Heart Attack Deaths of local elders linked to shocking library book!”.
    Yeah, the more I think about it, the library donation is a given!

  • Ruby

    I went to get my copy of the book at Barnes & Noble and they said they wont have it until May 1. :(

    On a side note, Congrats!

  • James | Double Danger

    We are really happy for you, and we are getting the book. Hope it does well.

  • loveMaegan

    Congratulations! What a dream come true.

  • L C

    Tip of the cap to you, milady!

  • Sheila

    Yahhoie! I just got the box from Amazon dropped on my desk. Dang, that was fast. Off to read it during my lunch….

  • sara

    Dooce done made herself a book.

    Hot dang!


  • Jaxon

    I hope you are joking about your dad using your book to prop the toilet. That is really, really hurtful, if true.

    Congrats on your book, hope it makes you a zillionaire.

  • Carmeneckard

    Tomorrow is my best friend’s birthday. She is also an avid daily reader of yours. I’m on my way to the bookstore to get 2 right now. Congrats!

  • Katwoman922

    I want a signed copy… can’t wait.

  • Shannon

    Congratulations Heather! I plan on ordering this in a couple of weeks and giving it to my dad for father’s day.

  • Rich

    If your dad’s toilet needed TWO INCHES of propping up, then you shouldn’t underestimate the extent to which your dad really needed your book.

  • Her Ladyship

    Heather, yay on the book! I can’t wait to buy it (so that everyone can enjoy those sweet sweet royalties). It’s my little way of saying thanks for the entertainment through the years.

  • Scatterbrain

    That’s amazing, well done! It must be very difficult to write about your relationship with your father – especially when he uses your book to prop up a wobbly toilet! Sounds very like my own dear dad.

    I’m really looking forward to getting my copy.

    Love your blog, only found it last week, but have already added it to my blog-roll.

    Please keep ‘em coming!

  • Cheri

    Ahhhhh! It’s out! Congratulations!

    You MUST come to Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena,CA for a reading/signing!! It’s the best little indy bookstore going. You would LOVE it – and it would give you an excuse to come play in the sunshine.

  • CindyM


    That is so cool. I can’t wait to read the book. In fact I’m on my way to order it right now. :)

    If it’s half as entertaining as your blog I’ll have a hard time putting it down.