Giving up for good

April 24th, 2008

Or as some would say, kaput.

Sometimes the only thing left to do at the end of a long and steep road, after the highs and the lows, the ins and outs, one thing after another, is to give up for good.

This is your chance to take it or leave it. Drop a comment here by 6 p.m. PDT Sunday, April 27 and take this off my hands: an autographed copy of my book, “Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood.” Or, if you prefer, one of the first copies of the new German translation! (In my mother’s mother tongue, of course.)

It may not change the direction of your life, but it will certainly put my map in motion. To the post office, that is, and headed for any domestic or international address. You read that right. Please specify your language preference for the book– English or German– and make sure you leave a way for me to contact you by email or blog.

Good luck here and everywhere else you look.


  1. I would love a chance to read this!

    Comment by frugallm — April 25, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

  2. Very nice giveaway. English please.

    Comment by nottryingforaboy — April 25, 2008 @ 9:18 pm

  3. English please :). I’m in Canada, thanks for including us here! Please contact me through the blog link in my name :).

    Comment by Jennifer Bogart — April 25, 2008 @ 10:48 pm

  4. I will keep giving your book away, buying it for sister, friends, and strangers, till the cows come home.

    Comment by Jena Strong — April 25, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

  5. I’d love the English version, looks great!

    Comment by Ginny — April 25, 2008 @ 11:30 pm

  6. please put my name in the hat!

    Comment by meg — April 26, 2008 @ 12:48 am

  7. Congrats. I would prefer the English version. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Comment by Jinxy & Me — April 26, 2008 @ 12:57 am

  8. Wow, Karen, so many comments. πŸ™‚ I already have an autographed copy of your book – but I would love to throw my name into the hat for a German language copy…my husband speaks the language, and he has family there. Would make a great new mama gift.

    Comment by denise — April 26, 2008 @ 12:58 am

  9. Well I just went over to Amazon to read what the book is about and the reviews, and it definitely sounds like a good read.
    Thank you for the giveaway, and congratulations on your being published!

    Comment by Becky — April 26, 2008 @ 1:20 am

  10. I would love to read your book. Your blog is amazing so I am sure the book is even better. English version.

    Comment by Someone Being Me — April 26, 2008 @ 1:27 am

  11. I would be honoured to win your book…. my kids would likely be happy too πŸ™‚

    Comment by Robin Westphal — April 26, 2008 @ 1:50 am

  12. I love this book. Would like to pass it on to a friend, english pls. llovett

    Comment by Anonymous — April 26, 2008 @ 1:53 am

  13. ohh totally cool.. you’re autographing it right?? I’ll take the English version please πŸ™‚

    What a great giveaway! I hope i’m the lucky winner πŸ™‚

    Comment by Reeva — April 26, 2008 @ 1:56 am

  14. I’d like to win the English version.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 26, 2008 @ 4:25 am

  15. I’d love to read the book in English. Thanks for your inspiring work

    Comment by mamalyssa — April 26, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

  16. Lovely generosity!

    I already have your book (bought it after seeing it reviewed on Literary Mama), which is how I found your blog. It’s a great read; keep on my nightstand for handy reference.

    If it’s not too much to ask, though, I’d love a copy in German for one of my mama friends here in Thailand. (but if too far to send I totally understand…)

    Comment by Lana — April 26, 2008 @ 1:38 pm

  17. Oh, I would LOVE to win this. Thank you SO SO MUCH! English, please!

    Comment by Shama-Lama Mama — April 26, 2008 @ 5:43 pm

  18. 69 comments?? Look how popular you are getting!

    Comment by Mika — April 26, 2008 @ 11:07 pm

  19. Thank you for such a generous contest.
    I would like to be included in your drawing for an English version, stateside.


    neradms at

    Comment by kanoo — April 27, 2008 @ 1:12 am

  20. Hello again,
    I can’t seem tp leave a message – maybe I’m tpp late – anyway my 4 year old needs me so I’ve got to go – be well and I’d love a copy of the book, in English but sent to France.

    Comment by lasuza — April 27, 2008 @ 9:04 am

  21. Please put me in the drawing.

    braytar at aquinas dot edu

    Thanks! Tara

    Comment by Anonymous — April 27, 2008 @ 10:47 am

  22. I would love to read your book (English, please) – your blog is wonderful!

    Comment by Susan — April 27, 2008 @ 12:30 pm

  23. oooh- would love to read this in English!
    peggy at
    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Comment by soliluna — April 27, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

  24. OMG! I have to have a copy of the German version for my friend Nadja, from Germany … : )

    Where can I get a copy? ; )

    Congrats on the new language version … how many languages we talking about now?

    I just started re-reading my copy(ies) … thank you, again and again and again. It’s always fresh at every stage, at every age, I’m learning. Can’t wait for No. 2!

    Comment by Shawn — April 27, 2008 @ 5:01 pm

  25. I would love to have the book in English! Thanks!

    egreca [at] hotmail [dot] com

    Comment by Erica G — April 27, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

  26. Don’t enter me in the contest, as I won an earlier one, but I wish to state for the record that I am not only impressed that you have published a book, but I am extremely impressed by the words in the book that you wrote.

    My maternal grandmother grew up speaking German, but neither I nor my mother know it.


    Comment by Chris Austin-Lane — April 27, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

  27. Hello πŸ™‚

    I recently became a Certified Wellness Coach. I believe your book would be a great resource to have to use with my clients.

    English, please.


    Comment by Lisa — April 27, 2008 @ 11:25 pm

  28. How wonderful! I have already bought your book, however I would love an autographed copy! If I win, I promise to pass on the first book to our local children’s hospital, where my son spends lots of inpatient time, so I know your book would be well read by the many anxious parents!



    Comment by tammy — April 28, 2008 @ 12:54 am

  29. Karen,
    I read a few chapters of your book after checking it out from our parent resource library and it was exactly what I needed. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with the world. It has made a huge difference for me. I would love my very own copy- especially one obtained under such special circumstances and with your signature. Thanks again, Karen.
    Kate (mom to Wolfie age 2)
    oh yes, English. thanks!

    Comment by Anonymous — April 28, 2008 @ 4:20 am

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