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Flipping Out

The Scavenger Hunt for the signed book is over as of 11:30AM Eastern on Friday, April 24, because I am sick of moderating comments. You can still enter for the unsigned book.

(Hey! There are prizes at the end! Just didn't want you to miss it! I seem to be very excited! Sorry about that!)

The Pitch

I am not subtle. Nor coy. Nor any good at all at gentle implication or any other nicety of indirect communication. I've mostly given up even trying, but do occasionally give it a go and always fall well short. I am an open book, and when I want something it is desperately obvious and therefore it is best if I just come right out and say what it is I want.

I want you to buy Flipping Out by Marshall Karp. If you want a summary or a real review, you can check out the many five star reviews at Amazon, or the rave from Publishers Weekly, or the synopsis that Mr. Lady posted last week, which is one of my favorites so far. I'm not good at any of that stuff either.

But here's why I think you should buy the book. First, it is incredibly funny. And I have no sense of humor, so for me to think something is funny it has to be pretty damned funny. This book made me laugh out loud, which almost never happens.

Second, the characters are amazing. When you finish this book, you will be depressed that you cannot invite Mike and Terry and Diana and Marilyn and Big Jim and Angel and most of the rest of them (but not the serial killer, obviously) over for dinner and too many beers. You will be sort of in love with all of them, and the realization that they do not actually exist will be hard to cope with for a while there. (You will be okay though once you remember there are two more books that you haven't read yet.)

The third reason you should buy this book is that the author, Marshall Karp, is one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. I work for Marshall (some research, some administrative stuff, some riding his ass, and oh yes, I'm managing his blog tour), and not only has he ruined me for all future employment because he is the best boss you could ever hope to have, but he has become a very good friend to my family. Chris already covered that part, though.

The fourth reason you should buy this book is that once you read it, you can email Marshall about it, and he will be thrilled to hear from you. And if you tell him you liked his book, he'll be over the moon. And if you tell him you hated his book, he'll be crushed, but if you tell him why he'll really pay attention and use it when he writes the next one. And no matter what you say, he'll probably write you back and then you will be discussing a book with the author and that is pretty cool, right? (Although I have to warn you, he's funny, enough so that you may pee yourself a little. Fair notice.)

Really good book written by a really good guy. Hard to go wrong there, really.

The Prizes

And now, prizes! There are two, enter for the second prize and you are automatically entered for the first prize.

Prize the First - This is the easy one. I'm going to give away my own copy of Flipping Out. There's nothing special about it. I bought it from Amazon, it's slightly dog-eared,and there may be peanut butter on a couple of the pages. So nothing fancy, but hey, its free! All you have to do to be entered to win is to leave a comment on this post. (If you need a topic, tell me the last book you read.)

Prize the Second - This one takes a little more effort. I have a brand-new, pristine copy of Flipping Out that is signed by the author. To be entered to win, you have to go on a little scavenger hunt and answer at least one of the questions below. You only need to answer one question to win, but the more correct answers you get, the more entries you will get in the drawing to win the signed book. All answers can be found at Marshall's site, and are in the excerpts from Flipping Out, except for the final bonus question which is from his blog.

Leave your answers in the comments. "But wait" you say. "Won't other people just copy my answers?" Ah, no. Because after some serious contemplation of this problem, I arrived (in the shower, of course) at the perfect solution. All comments on this post are moderated, and none of the answers to the scavenger hunt will be published until the contest closes. Am quite brilliant, really.

I will even tell you that the answer to the first question is right here. Now try it, it will be fun.

  1. How much money did Terry Biggs win in the poker game?
  2. Where did Jo and Reggie Drabyak meet?
  3. Who is Lomax and Biggs's favorite crime scene investigator?
  4. What is Mike Lomax's contractor's name?
  5. What is Reggie Drabyak wearing the second time Lomax and Biggs see him?
  6. And the final, super-special bonus question: How many times does the f-word appear in Marshall's first book, The Rabbit Factory?

The Final Plea

So, buy the book, or check it out from your local library. And leave me a comment to win a free copy. Oh, and Chris got 89 comments when he did this, and I would so love to beat him (am competitive, so sue me). Please? Like, Girl Power, or something?

The Quick Reminder

Comments on this post are moderated, so no reason to hit submit 12 times.

Comments (91)

Ooo, fun! And I adore books. This sounds like a winner. Just in case I'm putting it on my wishlist.

1. $62
2. Price is Right
3. Jessica Keating
4. Hooper
5. tan pants, pale yellow short-sleeve shirt, green tie with thin blue stripes
6. 233

1 - $62
2 - The Price is Right
3 - Jessica Keating
4 - Hal Hooper
5 - tan pants, pale yellow short-sleeve shirt, green tie with thin blue stripes
6 - 233

Commenty McComment!

Last night I finished Shattered Dreams by Irene Spencer. The story of a polygamist wife. Now I am sad that the book is over and looking for another. By the way, I read Memory of Running (a recomendation by you) and also enjoyed it.

Ok, this book must really be good! I want to play the scavenger hunt - Now I have something to entertain me at work.

I think my husband would love that book! I'm currently reading The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. It's really great about 1/2 way in.

A scavenging we go!!

@aimee: That book is by far my favorite of the pile I've read in the last year. Enjoy!

I just finished East Of Eden. Dude, that book is long. Like, Harry Potter long but without the magic.

1. $62.00
2. Jo moved to L.A. to be production assistant on The Price Is Right. Reggie was a contestant on the show. He won a washer and dryer that he said he would give to Jo if she had dinner with him.
3. Jess is Lomax and Biggs' favorite crime scene investigator.
4. Dave is the name of Mike Lomax's contractor.
5. Reggie was wearing an off the rack suit.
6. The f-word appears 233 times in Marshall's first book, The Rabbit Factory.

I've already put a hold on it at the library, but winning it would be extra cool too ;) So off to do some research...

Aaand the answer is $62. I wonder if anyone will answer the other questions, yknow, the hard ones ;)

I just started The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank, but now I can't wait to start on Karp's books. Your husband sparked my interest, and now you've got me on Amazon ordering myself the books!

62 bucks, baby! And, the last book I read was the riveting Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organization by the lovely Joan Pynes.

I just finished reading The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency for my book club. None of us really liked it, which was sort of disappointing because we'd all heard good things about it before it started. If I don't win the contest for the peanut butter covered book, I'm going to see if I can get it out of the library this weekend.

Not sure I'll have time to hunt for answers, but I'll at least enter for the dog eared, pb covered book. I kinda like the idea of a book with smell-o-vision :)

How much money did Terry Biggs win in the poker game?
$62

Where did Jo and Reggie Drabyak meet?
The Price is Right

Who is Lomax and Biggs's favorite crime scene investigator?
Jessica "Jess" Keating

What is Mike Lomax's contractor's name?
Hal Hooper

What is Reggie Drabyak wearing the second time Lomax and Biggs see him?
Tan Pants, Pale Yello Short-Sleeve shirt, Green Tie w/ Blue Stripes

How many times does the f-word appear in Marshall's first book, The Rabbit Factory?
Zero?

Okay, here ya go - the lazy way out....

62 bucks

Well now you've got me interested! The last book I read was Our world, by margaret wise brown.
But on a more adult level, I am about a hundred pages away from finishing world without end. So if you can put off me sucumbing to the Twilight series, All the better!

Last book I read was Living Dead In Dallas. Good stuff if you like vampires and the HBO series True Blood.

Am feeding baby now, so typing with one hand...hence short comment.

Terry won $62, I think. Honestly, I just skimmed the text. Is that cheating? I also added the book to my Amazon wish list in case I don't win.

Too lazy for the hunt. Last book I read was "Admission."

Scavenger Hunting has returned these answers:

1) $62
2) on The Price Is Right
3) Jessica Keating
4) Hal Hooper
5) tan pants, pale yellow short-sleeve shirt, green tie with thin blue stripes.
6) 115 times!

The last book I read was, honestly, Flipping Out. Should make me a shoo in for this contest, right? Too bad I already took it back to the library. I will email Marshall though because I love this series.

1.How much money did Terry Biggs win in the poker game? $62
2.Where did Jo and Reggie Drabyak meet?
Jo was a production assistant for the price is right and Reggie was a contestant on the show and when he won he traded her dinner for the washer-dryer.
3.Who is Lomax and Biggs's favorite crime scene investigator? Jessica Keating
4.What is Mike Lomax's contractor's name? Hooper
5.What is Reggie Drabyak wearing the second time Lomax and Biggs see him? He was dressed for work…Tan pants, pale yellow short-sleeved shirt, green tie with thin blue stripes, and was showered and shaved.
6.And the final, super-special bonus question: How many times does the f-word appear in Marshall's first book, The Rabbit Factory? 115 times

Ooooh I hope I win!!! I really want to read this book now! ;)

I'd LOVE a peanut butter stained copy of the book!

Last book I read was The Art Of Raising Boys.

Um, I read that book last month and off the top of my head, I can't answer a single one of those questions. I suck. I REALLY loved the book, though, so consider this a second recommendation and not a contest entry.

Oh! And the last book I read was Life Sentences by Laura Lippman and it was fantastic! LOVED it.

Hello,

Please do not enter me into the contest. I won a signed book over at the Happy Homewrecker. I am so excited. Since, I have pledge to follow the blog tour faithfully, I wanted Mr. Karp to know I stopped by today.

Have a great day and good luck everyone.

1. How much money did Terry Biggs win in the poker game? "Sixty-two bucks"

2. Where did Jo and Reggie Drabyak meet? Hollywood, while Jo was working for The Price is Right.

3. Who is Lomax and Biggs's favorite crime scene investigator? Jessica Keating

4. What is Mike Lomax's contractor's name? Hooper

5. What is Reggie Drabyak wearing the second time Lomax and Biggs see him? tan pants, pale yellow short-sleeve shirt, green tie with thin blue stripes.

6. And the final, super-special bonus question: How many times does the f-word appear in Marshall's first book, The Rabbit Factory? 233 times!

I need a new book. I've got one waiting in the wings to read, and then I'm kinda screwed. Broke my foot yesterday and I can't do anything. So it's books or rotting my brain with video games!

1. sixty-two dollars
2. on the set of The Price Is Right
...and, oops! I'm late for lecture!

the last book i read was called click to calm. it's a book that is supposed to help me with my doggy behavioral problems. i'm re-reading on the road right now as i will be driving across these fine united states at the end of the summer.

I just finished reading The Shack for my book club and I, um, did not like it. Not a book for an atheist to read I'm afraid.

I read the excerpt, so I am looking forward to reading the book to be able to answer all the questions. I just finished reading and enjoying The Good, Good Pig but I have book club tonight and haven't even gotten to the middle of that book, so Flipping Out will just have to wait. I love the idea of recycling books, especially since it's Earth Day!

For the signed copy, my answer to question #1 is $63.00

I look forward to reading the entire book!

1. How much money did Terry Biggs win in the poker game? $62
2. Where did Jo and Reggie Drabyak meet? The Price Is Right
3. Who is Lomax and Biggs's favorite crime scene investigator? Jessica Keating
4. What is Mike Lomax's contractor's name? Hal Hooper
5. What is Reggie Drabyak wearing the second time Lomax and Biggs see him?tan pants, pale yellow short-sleeve shirt, green tie with thin blue stripes.
6. And the final, super-special bonus question: How many times does the f-word appear in Marshall's first book, The Rabbit Factory? 72?

I want a book! I just finished "Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story" by Christopher Moore, and am listening to the sequel "You Suck" on audio. SO, SO, SO funny, but you must listen to You Suck on audio. The narrator is priceless.

The excerpt did make me laugh so here goes with the answers:
1) $62
2)The Price is Right
3)Jessical Keating
4) Hal Hooper
5)tan pants, pale yellow short-sleeve shirt, green tie with thin blue stripes
6)233

And now that I've found them all I need to go get the book and read it. I hope my library has it cause I'm out of money for the rest of the month.

Oooh, loved reading the excerpts! Thanks to you and Chris for a lead on an author that I've never read, but would now like to.

Here are my answers:
1. $62
2. At the set of Price Is Right
3. Jessica Keating
4. Hooper
5. tan pants, pale yellow short-sleeve shirt, green tie with thin blue stripes
6. This was a tricky one and I had to actually pull out math skills. ;-) The answer is twice 115, or 230.

*fingers crossed*

The current book I'm reading is called Night and is about the Holocaust. I'm glad I'm reading it, but it isn't easy. It does make me appreciate that my family is safe and protected. I could really use some humor for when I'm done. ;-)

I actually got *The Rabbit Factory* on your recommendation a few months ago . . . LOVED it and read it as fast as I could. I ordered *Bloodthirsty* seconds after finishing TRF, and pre-ordered *Flipping Out*, something I never do with hardbacks. I'm really, really looking forward to it -- and trying to save it for a business trip I have in May. We'll see! :)

Would love to win this book!

I just finished reading "One Thousand White Women" by Jim Fergus. It was one of the best books I've read in a long time!

Can I tell my FAVORITE book? I just loved a little 'chick flick' type of book called The Sunday Wife. It was a twisty-turny type of jacked-up love story that left me flipping backwards through pages to see if I missed something (in a good kind of way).

It has been SOOO frickin long since I have had the chance to read a good book. You know the story...young kids; older kids; work; practices; homework etc etc. I just love the thought of reading a good book that would actually make me laugh out loud. And, if I do win this book, I can DEVOUR a book in a matter of hours so you wouldn't need to feel like by giving it to me you had deprived my children of anything or made them miss a practice or skip homework or anything.

A BOOK!! A BOOK!!!
I'm so excited.
No, really.
Kind of sad, eh?
:)
- Connie

Here's to helping you beat Chris! I'd love to check this book out, and I don't mind a bit if the copy is a little raggedy. :)

I just bought a copy! I needed another book to get to the $25 free shipping amount, LOL, so I added it to my cart & checked out. :D Here's hoping you beat Chris. I don't think I commented on his post like this, so you're already ahead. ;)

ps: if you pick my name for the freebie copy, give it to someone else since I will have it by Friday probably. :D

Well I'm just too lazy to do the scavenger hunt. The book I just finished reading was called Not without my sister and is a true story, I found it very interesting. I'm currently reading Murder List, but I can't think of the author off the top of my head.

It has been FAR too long since I've read a decent book- but I am FAR too tired to do the scavenger hunt sooo, one entry will have to do and I'll take my chances :)

no time for scavenger hunts

just finished 'Songs of the Humpback Whale' by Jodi Picoult. Love her.

Hi Beth, Sorry if this is a duplicate post, but I got an error after my last post. Here are my answers to the scavenger hunt. Such fun! :-)

1. $62
2. The Price is Right
3. Jessica Keating
4. Hal Hooper
5. tan pants, pale yellow short-sleeve shirt, green tie with thin blue stripes
6. 233 times

hi. can i get the copy? the bookstores here do not sell the book and i would so love to read it.

I'd love to read a new author. I've been on a Jodi Picoult kick for about a year!

I don't have time for the hunt as the people who pay me actually expect me to do like real work, but I'm always up for a good book so hence the comment.

I would love the book. I'm about to start reading his other book right now. Really looking forward to it too after all the raving Chris has been doing!

For the autographed copy:
1. $62 bucks
2. On the Price is Right. He let her keep his washer!
3.
4. Hal Hooper
5. tan pants, pale yellow short-sleeve shirt
BONUS QUESTION: 115 times

If I have time later today to go on a scavenger hunt, I shall try for the BIG prize. But I will settle for now to be in a drawing for your dirty one. My kids will just muck it up some more, really.

books are like candy.
so delicious to consume!
love reading new ones.

The last book I read was ATLAS SHRUGGED...some 1100 pages of philosophical capitalistic mumbo jumbo...and though it was difficult to muddle through at times, I'd still recommend it for those willing (and with plenty of time) to tackle it.

No contest for me (bought the book yesterday though). I just wanted to add to the comments to put you one closer to your goal of 90!

Fine. Fine, I will enter. If Paul were winning a comments game, I would hate that. Also, I like books.

Ok I am going to comment again since I did not do contest yesterday and I am all for an embarassing nickname reveal. This comment should count too, since I am answering questions.
1. $62
2. The Price is Right
3. Jessica Keating
4. Hal Hooper
5. tan pants, pale yellow short sleeve shirt, green tie with thin blue stripes

Bonus? I am going to say none, because I have no idea.

And, I had a nickname for D too, after we watched "how to lose a guy in 10 days" the girl was really annoying and called the guy Benny "Boo Boo". Really annoying, so then I started calling D that, to annoy him of course. But it stuck and he was Boo Boo probably until we had kids. How gross.

A comment is necessary both to beat Chris and because I spend too much of my time reading, and maybe this will be the book that will make me like mysteries.

Sounds like a good book!
I hope you 'win'!

Huckleberry Finn in Spanish, read very slowly with the help of a Spanish dictionary, is becoming tedious. Please rescue me! :)

1) $62
2) The Price is Right
3) Jessica Keating
4) Hal Hooper
5) tan pants, pale yellow short-sleeve shirt, green tie with thin blue stripes
6) 37 (Hah! No idea...)

Must learn Chris' nickname. Well, also I love reading mysteries.

Would love to help you beat husband. Always such a lofty goal. I also love to read so...win win

Can I make a second comment that's not answers to the contest?

I Say Nice Things About Beth all the time. Just not TO you. I think the Cactus and Fish get mentioned quite a bit around here.

Reading the blogs is a family affair.

I understand the feeling like a single parent thing. I just broke my foot on Tuesday. Monday my husband left for a month in the field. Tuesday night my youngest came down with a stomach virus. Last night at 1am, my middle one came down with it, only his resulted in projectile vomit the likes of which The Exorcist couldn't dream of.

And what could I do? Nothing. I had to wake up my daughter and have her and the poor sick boy clean up the mess. I felt horrible. Normally, I get cool rags and rub backs and tuck in and do laundry, etc. I could only sit there and say "I'm so sorry, babies."

The likely prospect of having surgery actually makes me a little happy because it means they will send my husband home and I could really use him right now.

*hugs* to the Happily Married Single Moms in the blogosphere!

I can get on board with helping you beat your husband's record. I don't usually read mysteries, but I can give one a shot, especially since two people on the internet seem to really like this one. The last "mystery" I read was a John Grisham novel in high school....

The last book I read was "Tenor of Love," a semi-historical fiction book about an opera singer in the early 20th century. It was weird, and not very good.

I'm finally getting around to this. I'm skipping lunch for you, so that just shows how much I love you even though I've never met you and just started reading your blog. There. Nice thing for your day. Pat on back and warm fuzzies.

My answers (because I loves me a good book and I don't have enough even though there are about 10 paper books waiting on my desk and about 10 gazillion e-books waiting on my Kindle):

1. $62
2. On the set of The Price is Right
3. Jessica Keating
4. Hal Hooper
5. tan pants, pale yellow short-sleeve shirt, green tie with thin blue stripes

Unfortunately I have no clue about the f-word because I'm out of time. But at least I get multiple entries for the other answers, right? RIGHT?????

I haven't read a mystery in years, but this one sounds like fun.

(Just doing my part to help you win the comment war.)

Delurking for The Cause.

I hope this comment helps you win! I actually went and found the answers too.

1. he wins $62
2. they met on the Price is Right
3. favorite CSI is Jessica Keating
4. the contractor is named Hooper
5. he's wearing tan pants, a pale yellow short sleeve shirt, and a green tie with thin blue stripes
6. the f word appears about 30 times.

that was fun! And naturally, if I don't win, I'm going to have to go buy the book, because I have to know what happens in the story.

Delurking to help you win. :)

OK, I'm giving the scavenger thingy a shot, since I really don't feel like packing my office anymore today (moving, not fired).
1. $62
2. Price is Right
3. Jessica Keating
4. Hooper
5. tan pants, pale yellow short-sleeve shirt, green tie with thin blue stripes
6. no fucking clue
Back to packing I guess. Good luck beating Chris!

I read "Three Cups of Tea" recently, by Greg Mortenson. It's non-fiction, and a great story about how one guy can make a huge difference in the world.

Will add Marshall's book to my "to-read" list!

I didn't look for any of the answers, sorry...but I want to help you win so I am now leaving a substance-less comment.

Hi!
I've never been to your site before, but now it's bookmarked. I'm loving the tour, found it today courtesy of mr. Konrath. Going to go buy all of Marshall's books.
I have to say that the photo of the world's most handsome child killed me. I have rudely copied it and am sending it to my child (19 year old college sophomore) to brighten her day. Yesterday I sent her a photo of the world's tiniest dog with the world's biggest ears. I think she'd going to like today's photo even better.
Thanks for the post!!! I'll be back. Glad you have such a cool boss.
Karen

Hey!
If I put on funny nose and glasses I could sneak back in about thirty times and help you get more comments so you could beat your hubby's record.
I do have a question. He said in his post titled Marshall Marshall Marshall, that Marshall made your daughter "squee".
I love that even if it is a typo.....can I use it too, or is it copyrighted?
Just wondering.
Karen :)
P.S. Reading JA Konrath's Whiskey Sour at the moment. (autographed copy thank you very much!)

Looking forward to poking around in your blog archive

Just wanted to help you win! :D

Read his blog for today. Willc onsider the book when it gets to the library. Read too much to buy books!

Here is to beating the pants off him! hehe I too just want you to win, I know how it feels. :)

As for say nice things day, sorry I missed it, my outlook must have forgot to tell me, damn microsoft! You look fantastic in those [insert pants, dress, or any other article of clothing], have you lost weight?

Sorry - scavenger hunt requires time and brain space I don't possess. Leaving comment to assist in husband humiliation though :)

All about helping you win. =D

I love to read, My local library doesn't carry the guy ya'll keep talking about. My husband said when I retire I have to quit buying books. He didn't realize that meant I'd just buy more now to stockpile for the retirement years! Take pity on me.....

As an ultra-competitive person, I'd really like to see you win this (imaginary) contest.

I typically enjoy the books you recommend, so I'll be buying Marshall's book if I don't win it here.

Commenting here too! See my other comment (on your next post, and wow this is getting very "into the future")for the reasons why! Weeeeeeee, go Beth!

I would love to check this book out from my local library, but sadly it is not there. I have submitted a request to buy, but I'm not holding out hope. I did however check out The Rabbit Factory, which I am loving so far...

Hello...just trying to help you win. How many times can I comment before it becomes really obvious?

Wait, did I miss the drawing? I hope not!

The last book I read was "A Homemade Life" by Molly of Orangette. It almost made me want to cook something. Almost. (No fault of hers, I am a horrible cook, and the fact that she almost got me in the kitchen was nothing short of a miracle.)

I saw 89 and just had to push you over the top. Not sure if it counts b/c it's not an official entry. Here I'll make it official by answering the questions:

1) $0.43
2) 1843
3) SpongeBob Squarepants
4) The Barber of Seville
5) Environmental Protection Agency

But I also missed the deadline, so I might need a Special Dispensation to get you the prize.

Hmmm, let's see - the last book I read was The Eyre Affair, which I personally did not like, but so many people I love and admire really liked it a lot and recommended it to me. Huh. I just didn't get it.

(Hope you win!)

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