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Courtney E. Martin
Book Tour Blog: The Polar Opposite of Loneliness
No Comments | posted April 20th, 2007 at 08:45 am by Courtney E. Martin

Describing my book party turns out to be one of those rare occassions when words seem inadequate to me, but I’ll still give it a try.

It felt like almost every person I have ever loved, respected, walked beside, drank next to, sung with, embraced, worried about, debated with–and did I mention loved?–was in one sweet, little downtown bar. I wanted to press pause and walk around, inspect all of these incredible people from all different parts of my incredible life. It all moved so fast, seemingly propelled forward at warp speed by the sheer force of that many brilliant and beautiful people in one space.

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Cristina Pippa
All the World: Spread the Word
2 Comments | posted April 19th, 2007 at 09:40 am by Cristina Pippa

Court's book

“She really inspired me. I still call her Professor.”

So many of us thought of women and girls we know, and maybe ourselves, who too easily identify with Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body. If only we could have fit hundreds more of them and the men who love them into the narrow Lower East Side bar where one of our favorite Crucial Minutists read passages from her newly released book.

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Courtney E. Martin
Book Tour Blog: A Perfectly Imperfect Girl
5 Comments | posted April 18th, 2007 at 11:33 am by Courtney E. Martin

my hero
My inspiration for the day? This little girl I saw rocking a tutu and eating chips at the Brooklyn Musuem of Art. In case anyone was wondering.

Courtney E. Martin
Book Tour Blog: Rambling Cowgirl with a Spirited Rant
9 Comments | posted April 16th, 2007 at 01:50 pm by Courtney E. Martin

Okay, I’m officially overwhelmed and unofficially thrilled.

T, The New York Times‘ style magazine ran a great story comparing/reviewing my book, and one by the late, amazing Dr. Hilde Bruch. I almost fell off of our bright orange, almost broken though adorable (like everything from Ikea) couch when I read the words “…a spirited and smart rant that makes for a thought-provoking read.”

It also says that the book is a “rambling investigation,” but as my buddy Kendra wisely suggested, this surely means “rambling” as in cowgirl on the open road, as opposed to “rambling” as in your aunt on her second glass of boxed wine at Christmas time.

Anyway tomorrow is the big day–Perfect Girls hits stores. I am sending a wish/prayer/thought out into (yes Kimmi) the universe that it gets into the hands that need it most.

Courtney E. Martin
Book Tour Blog: The Calm Before the Storm
8 Comments | posted April 11th, 2007 at 12:42 pm by Courtney E. Martin


My book comes out in a week and I am feeling strangely calm about the whole thing. What can possibly explain this? (Especially given my predisposition to anxiety when I’m not staring down the publication of my first book.)

Maybe it was living through my first television experience—on Fox News’ Cavuto on Business no less—last week. It was me and five TV-veteran, business experts hanging in Bill O’Reilly’s green room with a collective foot of makeup on our faces. I lost track of how many times someone told me that I looked like I was 12-years-old.

Maybe it was being around my motley crew of a writer’s group last night and talking about the writer’s life, drinking beers, eating pizza, and laughing our collective, writerly asses off.

Maybe I am just too excited for my book party, which promises to be an overwhelming coming together of all the different facets of my life in one small room…with cupcakes and vodka.

Maybe it is that I have been getting really beautiful emails from young women who have their hot little hands on early copies and they’ve said things like this:

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Courtney E. Martin
Book Tour Blog: Me and Vicky’s Girls
8 Comments | posted April 04th, 2007 at 03:29 pm by Courtney E. Martin

In case you weren’t sure, the world is officially full of gut-splitting ironies.

Victoria’s Secret ModelsI showed up at the Hotel Gansevoort, a fancy schmance hotel in the disgustingly trendy meatpacking district, for an interview and photo shoot with British magazine You. (Yes, you read that right, photo shoot; I was dumbfounded too.) They bought the first rights to publish an excerpt and an interview with me from my UK publisher, Piatkus.

The photojournalist and his assistant decided that the roof bar would be a great place to take shots of me. We rode the elevator up while making awkward small talk (or was that me and my internal voice wondering what the hell I was doing in a photo shoot?).

The elevator doors opened and we stepped out…right into a sea of giant models in bikinis and high heels. That’s right. Victoria Secret was doing a photo shoot at the exact same time in the exact same place.

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Courtney E. Martin
Book Tour Blog: The Conception
4 Comments | posted March 26th, 2007 at 08:39 pm by Courtney E. Martin

Writing a book is kind of like having a baby. (Disclaimer: I’ve never had a baby.) At least that’s what I imagine.

I sold the concept, more accurately, my awesome agent Tracy Brown who is kind of like a mix between an absent-minded professor and a matchmaker, sold the concept. Simon & Schuster’s Free Press declared their love for Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters (a title my brilliant dad came up with!) in April 2005.

I woke up the next morning and realized I actually had to write the damn thing. Which I imagine—again with no prior experience—is kind of like waking up and realizing that the thing you’ve wanted has come true, that you are responsible for carrying a frickin’ human being inside of your belly for the better part of a year.

I spent the next nine months of my life (no joke) feverishly researching, interviewing, reading, and occasionally freaking out.
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