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Sam Sattler

Wow. That's what I call an autograph, a no-doubter big enough to be recognized and read by anyone. I appreciate signatures like hers as opposed to those scrawls that look like cattle brands applied by some anonymous clerk somewhere. Too many authors take that approach.

Interesting book, and I'll look forward to hearing what you think of it.


How interesting to learn how the book was created and what was Egan's approach!


I really like it, and it is about a war effort I had little knowledge of before. I read a lot of books set during WWII but very few, it seems, set in the US and never about women working on the naval shipyards, plus there is an interesting family drama tied into the story as well. She talked about her research and a stash of letters written at the time, which would be interesting to read, though I think they have never been published and you would have to visit the archives where they are kept to get to them! Yes, the signature is not hesitant at all, but then she seems a very confident person, which I think is wonderful.


It was so fascinating to hear her speak. It must have been really inspirational (for lack of a better word) to see the places she was writing about and in some cases the buildings were still in the same condition as they were in the war! Now that would certainly give you a sense of time and place.

Kathy Johnson

So cool! I love hearing authors talk about their work. You're lucky to have the chance to hear so many--you and Belle both seem to have access to some great author talks. I know we must have them in the Tampa area, but it seems like I never hear about them until it's too late, or the location is hard to access, etc. When I make the effort, though, it's always worth it.


I wish there were more literary events in Omaha, but they tend to be few and far in between. So when someone like Jennifer Egan comes I try and make sure I get a ticket. She was such a good speaker and really interesting. I want to go back and read some of her earlier books now.

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