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Grommet in the wild (can I call a person a Grommet?)

I had the pleasure of hearing author and WSJ columnist Jeffrey Zaslow speaking last night, at a Carnegie Mellon alumni event.  We featured his wonderful book, The Girls from Ames, about friendship on Grommet last year.

You probably know his most prominent book which is an international phenomenon, having sold 5 million copies in the US alone, and translated into 47 languages:

And you might know his latest book:

But here's the point of this post....if you ever have a chance to see Jeffrey speak, run do not walk to do it.  I went with a friend and he said:

These author things are often kind of lightweight because they are not comfortable speakers.  Ten minutes and then a Q and A.  But Zaslow!  It was long, but sooo worth it.   The first ten minutes he was like a stand-up comedian.  But the guy has worked with such interesting and inspirational people, and he has  a real gift for extracting the story within the story.  You know what it is like?  Like seeing Springsteen live.  Other musicians might just phone it in, but Springsteen totally delivers.  So does Jeffrey Zaslow!

Beyond that, Jeffrey was very gracious when we spoke and fondly remembered details of his Grommet experience.  I remember how excited we were to discover the book.  Our team devoured it and were delighted when the actual girls from Ames participated in our online discussion, alongside Zaslow.  It was a very rich day of conversation.  No wonder, with this author at the helm!


  • Barbara Says:

    Jules - so glad you got to meet Jeff. I had the good fortune to communicate with him when Daily Grommet featured "Girls from Ames", and I marveled at the sincerity and responsiveness of his communications with me given how swamped he must be. I also wrote him in recent months in response to an article he wrote about children who lose parents (at any age) and the lasting effects. His response was kind and thoughtful. What a class act!

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