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Summer Sale at Smashwords

Faint Praise at a discount.

Lost Among the Baining--free!

And while you're at the site, you can find many, many other books on sale.

New Work

An Anorexic's Alphabet, a graphic chapbook, takes readers inside the distorted, intellectualized, defensive, little-understood, and eerily intriguing mindset of the anorexic. 


Through text, expressive fonts, and illustrations—all infused with an edgy humor—the narrative focuses on the driving issues of the anorexic: identity, body image, food, and, most centrally, control.  The (unreliable) narrator may be nameless, but as she exposes her inner life, she becomes a vivid presence.


I believe that this book will make compelling reading for anorexics and---perhaps even more--for those who struggle to understand, help, and live with them.

When Faint Praise was first published--and just after James Wolcott gave it a cover review in The New Republic--Colin Marshall interviewed me on his podcast "The Marketplace of Ideas."  He has now posted our conversation on youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dGoofOEyLY

New low price on Kindle edition of Lost Among the Baining.  

Re‐analysing the Baining 


Yet another discussion of the Baining, this one about a group who are very different from the people my husband and I lived with.  I was glad to see the author, Andrew Lattas, criticize the absurd forum that misrepresented the Baining in Psychology Today.

"Authors Give Back"--Reading for solitary times! 

Through May, Lost Among the Baining is a free ebook on Smashwords

Please read and enjoy!

Smashwords Read an E-Book Week Sale! 

Both Lost Among the Baining and Faint Praise are on sale March 3rd-9th


"Dirty" trees, birds, and neighbors: Who takes priority? My new essay on WBUR's Cognoscenti!

New review of Faint Praise posted on Pop Culture Coup. (By Curtis C., published on January 23, 2018.)

Read an Ebook Week at Smashwords--Lost Among the Baining: Adventure, Marriage, and Other Fieldwork and Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America are both on sale at half-price for 7 days.
Book Sale

My new essay for Cognoscenti: "The Case for Classics"

New interview at Smashwords--please let me know what you think.  I'd love feedback.

Lost Among the Baining will be displayed and sold at the Harvard Reunion, May 24th.

New book cover for the new epub editions of Lost Among the Baining on Smashwords.

Book group talk and slide show this Monday.

An endorsement I'm especially proud of, because it comes from an anthropologist who has actually been in the field:

Lost Among the Baining "is undoubtedly the best written account of, and reflection on, fieldwork I have read, and --perhaps -- the best book on fieldwork (period) I have come across. " Joel Savishinsky, Professor of Anthropology (Emeritus), Ithaca College, author of Trail of the Hare.

I'll be visiting another book group, this one in Lexington, MA, to discuss Lost Among the Baining.

Lost Among the Baining: a "featured book in anthropology" at the Patrick Power Library, St. Mary's University in Halifax ( a city I happen to love).

My essay,"An Alligator Tale: When Predator Becomes Prey," has just been published in Cognoscenti. I wrote this after a traumatic alligator experience in Sanibel, FL, last year--but the trauma is not what you'd expect!

A wonderful new review of Lost Among the Baining has just appeared in the new issue of Tahoma Literary Review.

Tahoma Literary Review

New review of Lost Among the Baining forthcoming in Tahoma Literary Review.

Books & Books, Miami

If you live in South Florida or happen to be there escaping the cold, please come to my book event for "Lost Among the Baining" at Books and Books in Miami (Coral Gables) on Feb. 8th at 8 pm!

Great new review of Lost Among the Baining on Amazon and LibraryThing by Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, Booklover.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Lost Among the Baining by Gail Pool

Lost Among the Baining

by Gail Pool

Giveaway ends January 07, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Review of Lost Among the Baining in Detours des Mondes.

Cambridge Book Talk, May 19, 2015.

Brookline Book Talk: November 13, 2015.

New Review: Midwest Book Review: Reviewer's Bookwatch:
"An inherently fascinating and absorbing read, Lost Among the Baining: Adventure, Marriage, and Other Fieldwork is a remarkably well written, deftly organized, and impressively presented account from beginning to end. Very highly recommended for both community and academic library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that Lost Among the Baining is also available in a Kindle edition."

Author event: Feb. 8th, 8 pm, at Books and Books, great Miami bookstore.

Lost Among the Baining selected by the Hawaii Project: Best Books About World Travelers.

Book talk at Sanibel Public Library: January 14th, 2:00. Book sales organized by MacIntosh Books.

Lost Among the Baining has been selected as Book of the Week at Longitude Books: Recommended Reading for Travelers.  Here is their blog review.

Lost Among the Baining is now available in both Kindle and Nook Book editions.

Signed books today at Porter Square Books, a wonderful independent bookstore in Cambridge, MA.

Here's the full ForeWord Reviews review--5 stars!


First Review!

The first review of Lost Among the Baining will soon appear in ForeWord Magazine--and it's excellent! (Quotes to come.)

Goodreads Giveaway

"Lost Among the Baining: Adventure, Marriage, and Other Fieldwork" will be published next month by the University of Missouri Press. I'm now participating in a Goodreads Giveaway, and if you're a Goodreads member--or want to sign on--just request the giveaway and you might win a free copy of the book as soon as it's published.