At the risk of overusing the exclamation point–with a nod to my grammarian friend Melissa–I couldn’t help but share some exciting, albeit nerdy news. While the book won’t be out until November, Naked and Hungry has a Library of Congress number! And a description! Check it out:
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Memory, Ashley. Naked and hungry : a novel / by Ashley Memory. p. cm. ISBN 978-1-932158-93-9 (trade pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Self-actualization (Psychology)–Fiction. 2. Environmental protection–Fiction. I. Title. PS3613.E477N35 2011 813′.6–dc22 2011000847
It also comes with an ISBN number, which is short for International Standard Book Number. My editor informs me that an ISBN number is one that the publisher actually purchases in advance but I was still pretty excited about that because it’s also a bit of a milestone. This is the number that sometimes appears on top of the barcode on the back of the book.
Foresighted Melissa estimated that the “PS” portion of the LOC number would probably put my book on the 8th floor of UNC’s Davis library, just one floor above dear Joyce Cary and all the other British novelists who helped inspire me along the way.
Although the editor had categorized the book as “humor,” note that its primary category is self-actualization. H.T. would certainly find humor in that. While others poked fun at his moving to a one-room cabin in the woods, he would probably argue that he reached self-actualization and more.
Speaking of which, the nerdiest girl in the world better get back to the grindstone. Happy Sunday!