My Partner’s Latest Book/Winners Announced

I’D LIKE TO THANK everyone who entered my latest giveaway.  The prize? A copy of my partner’s new book, Pat and Dick: An Intimate Portrait of a Marriage. Here are the winners, as selected by the little number gadget at

#180 Laura: I am currently reading “Rocket Boys” and really enjoying it…

#17 Barbara P. I remember from one of his speeches his stating that Pat didn’t wear fur coats, she wore a cloth coat. I thought you cheapskate, buy the woman a fur…

# 42 Penny R. I would love to add Will’s book to my historical library. I am currently reading George Washington’s Secret Six…

Congratulations, Laura, Barbara, and Penny! To collect your prize, just contact me at this email address.

MY AWESOME PARTNER, Will Swift, wears many hats. He’s a psychologist, a presidential historian, and a distinguished author. He wrote The Roosevelts and the Royals (Wiley & Sons; 2004), and The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm (Harper Collins; 2009). And today, Pat and Dick: An Intimate Portrait of a Marriage (Simon & Schuster), hits the book stores. Three of you can win a copy of this historical biography.

What other authors are saying about Will’s latest book:

“Will Swift’s deeply moving and nuanced portrait of the Nixon marriage sheds new light – and brings a fascinating layer of human emotion – to the most controversial President of the 20th Century. This is not just a book for scholars, but for anyone who has ever wondered about the real lives behind the scandal of the Nixon era.” – Amanda Foreman, author of A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War.

“Pat and Dick is a joy. It is smart, thoughtful, poignant and insightful. Will Swift sensitively renders two of the most caricatured and pilloried Americans of the late twentieth century in all their multi-dimensionality and complexity.” – Gil Troy, author of Mr. and Mrs. President: From the Trumans to the Clintons

“For someone who was taught from childhood to loathe Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon — and to pity poor plain, stoic Pat — Will Swift’s sympathetic but rigorous examination of their marriage upended many long-held assumptions and left me deeply moved by the end. This president and his first lady left such a deep mark on their times and our history that it is important to come to understand, in reading Pat and Dick, the intricate personal drama that was going on behind the public upheavals.” – Kate Buford, author of Burt Lancaster: An American Life

“All marriages are mysterious and few were more so, or suffered more stress, than the fifty-plus-year union of Richard Nixon and Thelma (Pat) Ryan. Will Swift, a biographer and a psychologist, gets as close as anyone is likely to get in giving us a realistic and nuanced understanding of the Nixons in hard times, good times, and the very worst of times.” –   Jeffrey Frank, author of Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage

For a chance to win a copy of Pat and Dick, just leave a comment below. Perhaps you can tell me the name of the book that you are currently reading.

Enter soon! This random drawing expires at 11:59PM on Sunday, January 12, 2014.

I’ll announce the winners on Monday, January 13, so be sure to check back!

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  1. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

  2. shannon a says:

    The Southerner’s Handbook, produced by Garden&Gun magazine. It’s an exceptional collection of essays exploring all facets of Southern culture and history — gardening/farming, cooking/food, hunting, etc. Congratulations Will!

  3. just started. casual Vacancy by JKRowling. congrats to Will!

  4. Cary Bradley says:

    Congratulations Will and Kevin! I didn’t know your partner was Will Swift, the historian!!! My goodness, that is so cool! How did I not know that? I will definitely read this! I am a staunch progressive, but worked for Nixon’s presidential campaigns twice when I was a kid. Loved the guy! Soooo looking forward to reading your Will’s account! Oh my!!! Stack of books on bedside table, but one I’m really loving is a new mystery called Low Country Bombshell, by Susan Boyer. Love her star character! So happy for you both!

  5. Gillian McM says:

    How lovely to hear about your partner! I’m currently just finishing up Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel, a marvellous book, and getting ready to start on the next volume, Bring up the Bodies. I love history and good historical fiction!

  6. congratulations!! it sounds like this one could be a great screen offering as well!! maybe….
    I have started writing again…an alternative perspective on loss, grief and mourning. I am not only currently learning about my new position by reading “Travels of a t-shirt in a Global Economy”…I am also learning to read on my NOOK. (I know I am behind on the technology reading…)
    Peace, Light and Positive Days!

  7. Louise Brouillette says:

    A Tale for the Time Being. BIG congrats to Will!

  8. Joan Cordeniz says:

    Nixon was such a fascinating, complex man. I am looking forward to reading this!

  9. Cherylann says:

    Very exciting news at your home, Kevin. Currently I am reading the textbook for next semester’s Western Civilization II class. Would love to read something a little more current, however!

  10. I’ve read And enjoyed his other books, and read and enjoyed your blog, and didn’t realize the connection! Congrats. Currently reading The Wilder Life, by Wendy McClure.

  11. Did you know that the Presidency of the US is just a CEO of a corporation? All governments are registered as companies. Even you are via your birth certificate. I checked mine and I am traded on the stock exchange to the tune of 200 million.

  12. The Rise and Fall of the House of Dixie.

  13. Cool! My daughter is a writer and her book comes out 2/10/14!! Congrats to both!!

  14. Jean Gehle says:

    I love biographies! Reading, A Book of Chores, and reliving my childhood.

  15. Currently reading “The Resilient Gardener” and umpteen seed catalogs!

  16. Rita Chalfant says:

    Congratulations! Would be a very interesting read to say the least!

  17. Barbara Petersen says:

    I remember from one of his speeches his stating that Pat didn’t wear fur coats, she wore a cloth coat. I thought you cheapskate, buy the woman a fur. I was young, sigh.

  18. Nikki Wyscaver says:

    Wow — I appreciate you leaving the comments about this new Book. It sounds very interesting and I’m looking forward to reading it.! Will Swifts other books look very interesting too, so I’m off to see where I can find them. Thanks for the heads-up.

  19. I’m reading “The Eternal Wonder”, a novel by Pearl S. Buck.

  20. I just finished reading “Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish” by David Rakoff. Congratulations to your partner!

  21. Congratulations to Will! Just going to start Cutting For Stone…and finishing a Jack Reacher mystery.

  22. I fall asleep so fast at night, I am lucky if I get through two pages of the seed catalog! But I will look for this book- I grew up in So Cal (actually born in Whittier), so I have always been interested in the Nixons. Congrats to Will! <3

  23. Ship of Theseus by J J Abrams & Doug Dorst

  24. erin brady says:

    Congrats Will! That’s wonderful! right now I’m reading “Summerkill” by local author Maryann Weber. Great murder mystery that involves gardening!

  25. Susan L. Golden says:

    What a creative household you two have created together! I’m really impressed! Best of luck with your new book, Will!

  26. Well, congratulations! I am not a big fan of biography or history reading (when I get the chance to read, I am all for being taken away someplace that is NOT real!), but I am in a book club and we rotate around who gets to pick the book. I groan every time it is one friend’s turn: she LOVES non-fiction…but I have to say, I have enjoyed every one she has recommended. I just finished reading “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand – a well-written true story is the best way for me to learn about history. (I am also, of course, reading through seed catalogs, but that hardly counts as “reading”…mostly I am looking at the pretty pictures!). I have to say, while I have a strong opinion about Nixon, I have always been a bit curious about what he was like outside the limelight.

    Next up is “The Snow Child” (totally fiction), another one for book club.

  27. will swift says:

    Kevin is the most supportive partner and I didn’t know he was going to do this. He listened to all my stories over and over again and read and was a superb editor on the book! Will

  28. Happy New Year to you both and congratulations to Will on the new book. Sounds great! I was 6 when Nixon left office and should learn more about him and the scandal. Just starting “Van Gogh The Life” by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.

  29. I’m in search of a good book for myself right now, and this sounds wonderful. While I’m looking for something new, I’m rereading “Outlander” for myself and listening to my son read “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” Thank you for sharing!

  30. I’m reading “Shatterproof”. It would be an honor to win this new book!

  31. Just finished Red 123 by John Katzenbach which I highly recommend!

  32. Mary Anita says:

    I had no idea that Will Swift is your partner. I read The Roosevelts and the Royals several years ago. I love history. I just started reading The Wilderness War by Allan W. Eckert.

  33. Lose Groleau says:

    Just love all of your daily post. I look at them every day. And I am a huge fan of biographies. Just finished one about the last Chinese empress Cixi

  34. Mary Lou in Central NY says:

    The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly, and
    Naming Nature by Carol Kaesuk Yoon

  35. Kay daniels says:

    I’m reading Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (A guide to Maximizing Brain Health and Reducing Risk of Dementia) by Anderson, Murphy & Troyer.

  36. badger gardener says:

    Great news! Congrats to Will.

    I just finished reading Loving Frank by Nancy Horan.

  37. Congratulations! Sounds so very interesting. I’m reading the latest Janet Evanovich – Takedown Twenty.

  38. Definitely will look for a copy on the Kennedy’s!

    Currently Reading Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor during a Buffalo snow storm. 🙂

    Stay warm, Kevin!

  39. And the Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini

  40. Congratulations Will! So nice to see the support you have for one another. I have recently read ‘A Mercy’ by Toni Morrison and listened to the audiobook ‘The Island Beneath the Sea’ by Isabel Allende. -A coincidence in subject matter. It would be fun to win a copy of ‘Pat and Dick: An Intimate Portrait of a Marriage ‘ by Will Swift 🙂 Best wishes.

  41. I love finding new authors in unexpected places! I’m looking forward to reading Will’s new release.

  42. Penny Reynolds says:

    I would love to add Will’s book to my historical library. I am currently reading George Washington’s Secret Six and just finished a book on Winston Churchilll. It’s been 35 below zero in Northern Michigan. I am need of more books to read by the fire it’s going to be a long winter.

  43. Paula Cornell says:

    How exciting for you both! Congratulations! I am currently planning our family summer vacation to Kentucky – with plans to visit Abraham Lincolns birthplace! What a bunch of nerds are we?? I just finished The Shipping News again, but haven’t started a new one…yet! 🙂

  44. How wonderful! Congratulations to Will, and our thanks to you, Kevin for sharing this news. I’m reading Deep Country by Neil Ansell, about a fellow who lived alone, off-grid, in a cabin in the Welsh hills for five years. Enchanting.

  45. Rereading “The Jungle” by upton Sinclair.

  46. I am reading all my seed catalogs right now! (I hope that counts!)
    Congrats to Will on his new book!

  47. So interesting to see what everyone is reading! We have escaped the snow but the temps are still cold. Sitting by the fire with a good book is the best.

  48. Love your blog Kevin. I read it daily. I’m currently reading a Louise Penny murder mystery, “Bury Your Dead”…just one in the Inspector Gamache series. Louise Penny is a Canadian author and this particular series takes place in the province of Quebec. It very sensitively addresses the French/English dynamic that is a vital part of the Canadian identity. Happy January from the snowy north (all roads closed for the last two days!…luckily I can work from home).

  49. P.S. If Will ever decides to branch out to foreign heads-of-state, I think Pierre Trudea would make an excellent subject!

  50. Lauren Shuman says:

    Just finished Charles Krauthammer’s “Things that Matter”.

  51. Just finished “The 19th Wife” by Ebershoff and am starting “Love in the Time of Cholera”. Congratulations on the new book Will! Kevin, read your blog every morning. Gives me something refreshing to think about while blasting through my hectic day at work! I save the books for the bus commute!

  52. The Tiger’s Wife is a great book by a first time author. Congrats on the new book!

  53. Chip Barkel says:

    James Monroe: The Quest for National Unity by Harry Amon

    I decided to read a biography of each President in sequence, even though I have read several before. I thought the continuity of history would be interesting. Some are very academic, and I am only up to #5.

    I will definitely look for Will’s books.

    Chip in Toronto

  54. Suzanne Armstrong says:

    I enjoy biographies and presidential history… I will so enjoy reading this!

  55. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingslover. Congratulations!

  56. JR in Sammamish says:

    I am reading Pillars of the Earth!

  57. Beth Emhoff says:

    I’m reading a book called “War Brides” a fiction book about women living in the same small English town that were all brought together under different circumstances. I am also in the middle of my seed catalogs as someone else mentioned! Lol! Congrats on the book!

  58. Lisa Gilbertsen says:

    Congratulations!! I just finished Lone Survivor, and am excited to see the movie tomorrow night! Beth, I read War Brides and really enjoyed it!

  59. Currently reading Consuelo and Alva. I am such a Dounton Abbey period fan. There’s no joke I would be part of the downstairs group, lol

    Your partners book looks to be a wonderful read, congratulations. I think I’ll go look up the Roosevelt book since we have a ballroom at work named for them.

    Take care and I so enjoy your postings.


  60. Beverly, zone 6, eastern PA says:

    Currently immersed in an older novel,The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, by Kim Edwards while I wait for bestseller The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt to become available at the local library. Recently finished Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (Pulitzer Prize winning author) which was set in 1666 England and featured the plague.

    Without a book hovering nearby, I feel a little lost and misdirected, as though I am doing myself a disservice by not continually enriching my horizons and personal vocabulary. There is so much to read and so little time. Hoping to see the third installment of Ken Follett’s latest series soon. And couldn’t there please be a fourth one in the Girl with a Dragon Tattoo series? Poor Stieg Larsson, gone well before his time.

  61. Currently reading several different text books. Once my students are back in school it’s all I get time for. But over Christmas break I read The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. It was really good, but I prefer her first book, The Historian. Thanks for another great weekly update Kevin. I’m going through now looking for the Pullman bread recipe. Feel the need for some fresh bread.

  62. Happy New Year to you both! Your partner’s new book will be a compelling read! I agree with the person who said there could be a movie based on your partner’s book. I’m always reading cookbooks and have six here on my desk shelves now, including an old one of Peter Hunt, Cape Cod Cookbook. Currently I’m reading Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon. I’m fascinated with her characters and how she spotlights struggles in their everyday lives.

    My husband has a multitude of major health problems and has just completed 33 radiation treatments for a brain tumor. Reading and cooking have always been my passion and help me cope with our unpredictable daily ups and downs. While I may not always comment I so enjoy your blog and look forward to it. I also follow you on FB. Thank you for sharing with us!

  63. I just finished “The Goldfinch”, and started on “The Zoo” by James Patterson. Congratulations to Will on the new book.

  64. Finally using the Kindle Fire for more than granddaughter baby photos! Loving Soup and Bread, so much more than a cookbook. Like Winnie, i LOVE reading cookbooks with stories about the food. Also have a Ben Carson book waiting on there. And the hardback version of George Washington’s Secret Six (hubby reads “real” books he says) The Nixons were such an interesting family and then intertwined with the Eisenhowers…admire the writings of Julie and David Eisenhower too. Congratulations!

  65. I’m currently reading” Proof of Heaven” ( a book club pick) and have also just started” Double Down” as I love all things political. Also immersed in seed catalogs. Congrats to your partner Will, I would love to read his new book. I so enjoy your blog Kevin and cant wait to receive your e-mails.

  66. Diane Clay says:

    Sounds like a good read for an intrigiing couple Hope I win!

  67. virginia mckay says:

    I am reading “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks. Love your website with all your updates.

  68. I’m reading Deepak Chopra’s book “What Are You Hungry For?”

  69. The Hand of God – Thoughts and Images Reflecting the Spirit of theUniverse
    The Principles of Uncertainty – Maira Kalman
    Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout

  70. I am reading Havana Dreams by Wendy Gimbel

  71. lin willett says:

    Just finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, sob. I needed those characters in my life, didn’t want to leave the island. Although not a Nixon fan I believed they were in a loving marriage. Who wants to know? Me!

  72. Carol Murry says:

    Congratulations to Will! I would love to read his book (and his previous books as well). I’ve just started “The Longest Ride” but am looking for my next book.

  73. Currently looking over my ‘wish’ books (Seed catalogues) I need a nice diversion!

  74. Congratulations on the book-would love to read. My daughter game me a book that I’m going to read soon…E-squared by Pam Grout. (I didn’t know how to do the squared thingy after the E-surely there must be a way!!! Anyone know???)

  75. cindy keller says:

    Dog Psychology

  76. I like Will’s books. A smart man!

  77. Currently reading World Without End by Ken Follett. Pat And Dick sounds like a great book to read and wonderful giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!!!!!!!

  78. Getting ready to read “The Goldfinch”. Congratulations to Will.

  79. I have always thought Nixon was one of the most under-appreciated presidents to occupy the oval office. Thank you Will for opening the eyes of your readers.
    Right now Krauthammer’s book “Things that Matter” and gardening catalogs are taking up my reading time.

  80. Congratulations on Wil’s new book and on finishing the chapter in your cookbook. I am currently reading “Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Cahnge” by buddhist nun and teacher, Pema Chodron – because I am currently going through changes in my life. Your posts are a pleasure!

  81. Congratulations to Will. Love biographies. Am currently reading The Cellist of Sarajevo. Thanks as always for the blog, look forward to it every week and always use the recipes and gardening tips.

  82. Diane H Hinkle says:

    The Sweet Breathing of Plants by Linda Hogan and Brenda Peterson. Fingers crossed that I will win a copy! : )

  83. I have a small collection of books written and signed by people I’ve met. If I win this, it will be an excuse to come visit during one of your events, meet you and Will, and get his illustrious signature on it. Right now I’m reading, “A Fork In the Road: Tales of Food, Pleasure & Discovery On the Road,” a collection of short foodie essays compiled by James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur food magazine. And no, I have not met him (sigh).

  84. Congrats to Mr. Swift for what most surely will be another fine read. I have two of his other books – which I enjoyed completely. Currently I am reading the 1926 “Benjamin Franklin: the First Civilized American” by Phillips Russell. Quite interesting gift from a dear friend who was purging her library to make room for more. Gotta love it!

  85. Congratulations, Will. I think Pat Nixon has been given short shrift in history as merely the owner of a good, cloth coat. I’m eager to read more about her.

    Currently, I’m reading Doc by Mary Doria Russell and The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.

  86. Ramona Welden says:

    I’ve started winter garden by Kristin Hannah. Love your blogs always waiting to read them

  87. Elizabeth Fox says:

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

  88. Congratulations to Will.

  89. Huge congrats to Will! I will definitely find and read all of his books. I am currently reading two books. The one on my Nook is Will Durant’s Our Oriental Heritage, but I can’t read it straight through – 1,300 plus pages, so I take a break now and then and read fiction from my local library which, at the moment, is a Lee Child mystery.
    Particularly interested in Will’s book about the Nixons, hoping it will shine a positive light on that most intelligent, if misguided, man.

  90. Just finished the novel Joshua. A life changing read.

  91. Congratulations to Will! This sounds like a fascinating book. I’ve also enjoyed reading all the comments about what others are reading.

  92. Love your recipes and gardening tips. I tried the salmon with almond flour last night and it was terrific! I’m reading a great series by Susan Elia MacNeal, set during WWII; the first book is Mr. Churchill’s Secretary and the 2nd book, Princess Elizabeth”s Spy is even more of a page turner. Cheers!

  93. Congratulations to Will on his new publication! Nixon was a smart man with a horrible media persona. Information about his marital relationship might offer some insight into the man whose guarded demeanor hid whatever personality he might have had. Even if I don’t win, will put this on my reading wish list. Currently reading The Death of Santini by one of my favorite authors, Pat Conroy, a man whose mastery of dialogue is almost lyrical. Good luck with the new book!

  94. Jackie Peschong says:

    Congrats, Will. Kevin, can’t wait to try the gluten-free pancakes. Our son has celiac disease and we are always trying new recipes. Love in the Time of Cholera is the novel I finished reading and I’ll wait for my copy of Pat and Dick to arrive!! Thanks!

  95. I am an author and psychologist too 🙂 but Will’s book sounds a lot more fun to read than a text on adolescence. I am reading Gertrude and Alice at the moment, by Diana Souhami.

  96. Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching that Launched 100 Years of Federalism by Mark Curriden; Leroy Phillips

    Kevin, I’m reading the book as part of on-going research into a story I discovered while preparing my family tree. The story began with the rape of a beautiful young woman, Nevada Taylor, white, who never saw her attacker but identified him as a black man with a soft kind voice. Ed Johnson, was charged and convicted of the rape though he had a clear alibi. He was lynched by a mob stirred up by Sheriff Shipp. At his hanging Ed Johnson said he died an innocent man and would see his lynchers in Heaven. What history has kept for the diligent researcher is the fact Nevada Taylor committed suicide a couple years after Johnson was lynched. The lynching was less about the rape case than it was about Sheriff Shipp’s political ambitions and the Supreme Court’s first step across the line into states rights. 100 years after he was lynched Ed Johnson was pardoned. The connection in my family tree to this case is that of Judge Lewis Shepherd who was appointed to oversee the young attorneys who took the case to the Supreme Court. I’d been told no copies of his Memoirs exist today. Then while reading email I noticed a certain newsfeed editor commenting Chattanooga was her home town.. I mentioned that my ancestors were among the pioneer settlers so she introduced me to a local historian who had written about them. He wrote weeks later that someone had stopped paying rent on a storage unit that had been rented since the 1940s. The contents were auctioned. Judge Shepherds personal scrapbooks had been among them, along with 60 copies of his Memoirs…as you might guess, we raced to Chattanooga and became the smug owners of same. Interesting how this case continues to attract interest and the book provides some good documentation of the process of getting it to the SCOTUS

  97. We have so much to learn about others — famous or not!

  98. I’m actually re-reading an old book titled, The Second Lady written by Irving Wallace.

    Thank you for having people mention the books they are reading. Gave me quite a few suggestions.


  99. Wow, between the two of you, yours has to be a very interesting home.
    The book looks really interesting, maybe especially so because Pat and Dick seemed incredibly not-interesting during their time in the spotlight. I’d love to read it.

  100. What interesting comments above, I’ve spent the whole morning reading your blog, Kevin, and most of the reading was done here on this page. Your readers are the best.

  101. I’m reading a novella, Off Keck Road, by Mona Simpson. Congrats to Will!

  102. Pride and Prejudice, at the moment is my read. Thank you so much, enjoy your posts!

  103. I am preparing for my first medical mission trip to central vietnam. Its been on my bucket list for a long time now. So in preparation, I have been reading some unusual travel books and novels. I am almost finished with Catfish and Mandala, by Andrew X. Pham. It was the winner of the 1999 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. I like to explore the off the beaten paths that help me truely understand the place and its people. This book and the others give you an appreciation for all of our abundance in America and that we should understand our true blessing to be from here.

  104. Just finished Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and Home Before Dark. Starting on the explosion in Halifax Harbour in 19016.

  105. Make that 1916.

  106. The Fault in our Stars by John Green

  107. I’m currently reading Death in the City of Light.

  108. Sounds wonderful! currently reading/finishing up “An Irish Country Christmas” Needed a bit of Irish this Christmas, being the first one without my father. Next up “Killing Jesus”. Will put Will’s books on my read list!

  109. Lorena Keech says:

    I’m currently reading Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

  110. I am looking forward to reading this book as well as the other books that he has written. Very interesting topics!

  111. Just finished The Dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz.

  112. Bonnie and Clyde…… Can’t believe how many versions there are. From romantising them to claiming they were the most ruthless killers in history. Fascinating.

  113. Diane Kaufmann says:

    Just finished White Fire. Looking forward to reading this book!

  114. Paula Wolff says:

    Just finished reading A Full Cup by Michael D’Antonio, about the life and times of Sir Thomas Lipton–and about his unsuccessful quest to win the America’s Cup.

  115. Currently reading: To Be A Slave. A very emotional and heart wrenching book.

  116. I just started a book about dogs and humans: The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell. I already have a better understanding of our miniature schnauzer who, by the way, was attacked by a coyote two weeks ago and survived with nothing but puncture wounds, a bad haircut from the vet, and a great story to tell all the other dogs. Best wishes to Will!

  117. Boy, I”m barely getting my comment in on time but our internet has been down!
    So, the book I am currently involved in is Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb.

  118. Allison K says:

    I’m halfway through (just started yesterday) Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children…although a YA novel, many adult friends have enjoyed it, as am I!

  119. Lincoln’s dressmaker bought from airport store.

  120. Juanita Trent says:

    I am a big reader. Love all books.

  121. Follow Me by David Platt.

  122. Jorene Jameson says:

    The book sounds interesting. I just started a Ph.D program so lots of “heavy” reading right now. For fun, I’m reading “Me Before You” which my Mom recommended.

  123. Kathy mcmanus says:

    I am currently reading Why We Get Fat and What to do About it by Gary Taubes and The Lazarus Blueprint by Mary-Alice and Richard Jafolla

  124. Wow! How exciting. Just starting Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.

  125. Congratulations to your partner! What an interesting perspective he must bring to his writing, being both a historian and a psychologist. Sounds like such an interesting story and I just bet it’s a great read!

  126. How fab to know this, Kevin. I was trained as an historian. 🙂 I’m rereading “Anna Karenina” at the moment. About to begin “Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields” by Wendy Lower. Speaking of history…

    Would love to win this but no doubt I will read it at any rate…but wow would it be great to win it because I assume that Will would be willing to sign it?


  127. I am reading ‘Summer of Roses’ by Luanne Rice; love her books when I need light entertainment. But I am seriously knitting my second sock yarn blanket which takes up most of my free time. The first blanket took 1 year to make and it was given to our pastor’s wife.

    Love your newsletter- need information on the care of orchids sometime, though.

  128. Lane Recker says:

    The first time I voted was for Richard Nixon. Time will tell the real history and I look forward to reading your book.

  129. Cookbook Collector says:

    Currently reading the following books:
    1) “Northern Exposed”, by Darren Burrows 2013 (portrayed Northern Exposure’s Ed Chigliak) who offers his perspective on the interaction and daily lives of the cast and producers of the hit TV series, Northern Exposure during its 6 seasons of 110 shows (1990-1995).
    2) “Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older” by Sydney Eddison, (2010) provides a roadmap to transform your garden from a place of daunting chores into joy filled activity (not just for people growing older).
    3) “Williams-Sonoma Special Occasions: The Best of the Lifestyles Series” (2007) Entertaining preparation pointers and selected recipes originally published in the 17 cookbooks of the William-Sonoma Lifestyles Series by Time-Life Custom Publishing (1998-2001)

  130. Senlin Long says:

    I share the same birthday as. President Nixon and would love to read the book. I remember his presidency very well.

  131. cynthia shultz says:

    Congratulations on the new book. Sounds great. I am reading a Christmas present from one of my children about Richard Pryor. Crazy guy.

  132. Congrats to Will! Just finished “Headhunters”. by Jo Nesbo

  133. Blue Blood by Ed Conlon.

  134. Dorothy Burt says:

    Congratulations on your new book, Will.

    I am currently reading Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

  135. Killing Kennedy by Bill OReilly a real eye opener….Nixon era nothing to what has been happening since

  136. Bruce Ames says:

    Just finished “Miles Gone By”, by William Buckley, am reading “In Contempt”, by Christopher Darden. Next I will re-read “Crime and Punishment”, by Dostoevsky after studying it many years ago in college. On my list will be “Pat and Dick”, he being,in my view, the most insightful and intelligent foreign policy expert of the 20th century..

  137. Kay Crichton says:

    What interesting posts! Congratulations to Will on his new book and to you, Kevin, for such a newsy and chatty blog. I look forward to it every Sunday. Right now I’m reading Defending Jacob but I’m a pretty eclectic reader. Now I know about Will’s book I’m looking forward to reading it, win or not. Thanks again.

  138. Susan Kalia says:

    My first thought, after reading the wonderful news about Will’s book being published, was – as several others have said – what a fascinating household you two must have. I have often marveled at Keven’s apparently endless energy, coupled with what seems to me to be an incredible imagination and work ethic, and wondered about what his partner must be like. A (an?) historian, a psychologist, and a biographer! I’d love to be a fly on the wall during one of your dinner conversations! (But I’d rather be eating one of these dinners during your conversation, instead of being the proverbial fly, to tell the truth!!)
    I am currently reading “An Unvited Guest,” by Sarah Woodbury, a mystery set in Wales in the 12th century. I enjoy historical fiction when the author has done her/his research well, as Woodbury has. Welsh pronunciation is quite challenging, I must say.
    Recently finished “In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson, “The End of Your Life Book,” by Will Schwalbe. Now I can add Will Swift to my Kindle.
    Thanks for letting us know about Will, Kevin!

  139. Susan Kalia says:

    Sorry I misspelled your name once, Kevin!

  140. Holly Rose says:

    Who better than a psychologist to delve into the marriage of the Nixons. Would love to win this book?

  141. Laura Redmond says:

    Congratulations Kevin and Will. I am reading Barbara Kingsolver’s “Flight Behavior”. I love the way she blends natural science with human behavior.

  142. Holly Rose says:

    Who better than a psychologist to delve into the marriage of the Nixons? Would love to win this book.

  143. Ava lansbery says:

    Love your blog, Kevin, I’m not in a book right now….too much other work to get done. If I crack a good book, that’s the end of house work. Thanks so much for you sharing your life with me.

  144. Wow, what a great looking book!

    Currently I’m reading a rather melodramatic space opera – Leviathan Wakes! Whee!

  145. Thank you. The emerald mile.

  146. I just started A. N. Roqelaure aka Anne Rice Sleeping Beauty Trilogy. Would love to win the book as that was a important time in recent American History.

  147. I am re-reading at present the book “Love Has No
    Borders” published by Birmingham Greater Ministries. It is a compilation of articles written by the leaders of many different churches and synagogues on how the faith community responded to Alabama’s “hate” law against undocumented people living in our state. This law is the harshest immigration law in the U.S,but many have risked prison by refusing to obey it. Even the council members of Birmingham, Alabama signed a letter to the governor openly saying we will not obey this law as we will never again be on the wrong side of history like we were when we jailed Martin Luter King. Sounds like your partner has written a great book. Look forward to reading it.

  148. Just starting Bel Canto. It’s in a stack of books I culled from my bookshelves that I have never read and am intent on reading all of them.

  149. I am currently ready a book by Dick Francis called “The Edge” always looking for things to read.

  150. While it is not popular, I do enjoy reading my Bible It is interesting to read about the leaders of the past as well as todays and wonder what is the deep motovation for their actions, good or bad.

  151. Congratulations! Right now, I am making my way through Cormac McCarthy’s “All the Pretty Horses.” Wait, no, let’s be honest. From about mid-December until probably about a month from now, I’m obsessively reading seed catalogs and gardening blogs. Once I get most of my winter-sowing done (or at least under control), I’ll jump back into McCarthy’s book. Unless I receive a copy of Will’s book first, of course. 🙂

  152. Susan McRae says:

    The Rosie Project is the current read—very funny!

  153. I am reading , A Course In Miracles.

  154. Anne Swift says:

    Inferno by Dan Brown

  155. Congrats Will and Kevin on all of your creative success. I read most anything. Love fiction best, because I am most familiar. Cathy Lamb, Jodi Picoult are a couple of favorite authors. Will look for Will’s book.

  156. How Dogs Love Us. A fascinating read!

  157. Would love to win this book. I am not much into politics and such but I am always interested in the day to day stuff that people go through during their time in history. When reading WWII books, I like to read about how people lived on a day to day basis ….. what did they eat, how did they get to work, what kind of work did they do, how did families survive in general, etc. It sounds like this might be that kind of book. I hope so. Looks like it got a lot of nice reviews also.

  158. Congratulations! How exciting for you both. I have just started reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Since a movie will be coming out from this book, I decided to see what it is about.

  159. Ree Drummond’s latest Pioneer Woman Cooks “A Year of Holidays” SOOOOOO good.

  160. reading Sue Grafton, W is for Wasted, next up will be this one I hope!

  161. hi Kevin, I make your cecina recipe every day! thanks so much for that! I am currently reading an Amy Tan book

  162. Jo Helen M says:

    Just finished The Harbinger. It is fascinating and very thought provoking.

  163. Would love to win this book for my dad. He is an avid reader even at 82. I am just finishing a small yet powerful book by Max Lucado, A Heart Like Jesus. I am finding that I need to reread it and join the scripture with the book. Hope you are having a wonderful start to the new year.

  164. Have several going right now, and listening to two on CDs in the cars, which names I can’t remember at the moment……. but just finished hearing ”Blood Lines” by Rollins, I think it was…. good story!
    and in print right now I am reading Robert Parker’s ‘Painted Ladies’ and Mary Kay
    Andrews “Fixer Upper”…. can never have too many books in the wings, or cookbooks on the night stand!!!!

  165. Theresa N says:

    I enjoy reading biography’s other peoples lives are so much more interesting than mine.

  166. Just finished The Orphan Train which is a novel about the times in our history when we put orphans on trains and sent them west to whomever would take them with no consideration to the abuses that many of them suffered.

  167. Congratulations on the latest book! I am reading Launching a Leadership Revolution!
    Love your web site and all the great tips and recipes…makes my day!

  168. Congratulations to Will on this new book!
    I’m reading Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCaig.

  169. Kip Morrissette says:

    I would love to read this book Will and I will check our library to make sure they get a copy. Glad someone is saying something nice about the Nixon’s, especially Richard Nixon. To me he did nothing that other presidents have done and probably are still doing [he just got caught] . Actually, he is and will always be my favorite president because HE stopped the war in Viet Nam and brought my brother back home after 3 tours of duty there…and he wasn’t the one who put him there. My favorite reading is what I am reading as we speak, YOUR Sunday emails Kevin! 🙂

  170. Am reading The Lost Continent, by Bill Bryson. Of course seed catalogs are taking up a fair bit of my reading time also! Congrats to Will!

  171. Liz Klingler says:

    “Destiny of the Republic” by Candice Millard

    Enthusiastically recommended by my orthopaedist as he was giving me a shot in my shoulder. It’s about James Garfield, which doesn’t necessarily make you think it would be interesting, but it reads like a novel. Trust me.

  172. Nancy VanDyke says:

    Most of my reading is for facts and information, but I would like to give this to my daughter in law. Thanks for the chance.

  173. I’m currently reading Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon ~ it’s a big book and one I promised to read cover to cover for 2014 ~ Love it! Also love having an opportunity to win Pat and Dick ~ Congratulations to Will! Even if I don’t win it, I will buy it and read it……

  174. Sounds like a great book! Love all you posts!

  175. Congratulations to Will! Sounds like a fascinating book and I want to win!! Currently reading Mary Oliver’s A Thousand Mornings – poems….

  176. First, Kevin, congratulations to Will, and to yourself for your support. I look forward to your amusing newsletter, gardening, decorating, and delicious cooking advice, every Sunday.
    I enjoy a multitude of books that I scatter around different rooms to enjoy. The current ones are:
    “Tottering in My Garden” a gardener’s memoir with notes for the novice by Midge Ellis Keeble; “Old Books, Rare Friends” Two literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion, by Leona Rostenberg & Madeleine Stern; “The Crack in the Teacup” The Life of an Old Woman Steeped in Stories by Joan Bodger (autobiography); “Buckingham Palace Gardens” by Anne Perry (mystery); “Cuisine Imaginaire” by Roselyne Masselin, Delicious Menus for Vegetarian Entertaining; “Postcards from the Pug Bus” The Continuing Adventures of a Pug Dog Owner, by Phil Maggitti. I will look for Will’s book in the book stores. Thanks for the “Heads Up”.

  177. I’m just finishing World’s Fair by Doctorow. How nice to have two writers in the house.

  178. Congratulations Will. Hope your book winds up on the bestseller list.
    I read anything I can get my hands on, if my nose is not in Gardening, Recipe and Crafts Instruction Books.
    Guess that’s why I love your website Kevin. You cover both. Gardening and cooking.
    Going to try the Garbanzo Bean Pancakes. Just don’t tell my Grands, that it is Bean flour.
    BTW Maya Angelou became my favorite author after I read her book “Why the caged Bird sings”.
    Lovely outfit Lily

  179. Jan Barber-Hemphill says:

    Currently I am reading James Lee Burke’s Light of the World. And seed catalogs, lots of seed catalogs.

  180. I am currently reading “Rocket Boys” and really enjoying it. Just started it last night and have to have it finished for book club by Wednesday!
    My husband loved Richard Nixon — not only because he ended the draft the year Gary would have had to go to Vietnam, but also because of his incredible intelligence, ability to analyze complexities off-the-cuff, and foreign policy skills. I think history may look more kindly on him than we might have thought twenty years ago. I would SO love to read your mate’s new book!

  181. I am really interested in reading this book. In our family we all went to the public library every two weeks and took out the maximum number of books allowed per person. So embarrassed to say I am between books right now. Congratulations on publication of this new work. Hope it will become a best seller. And Kevin thank you for this wonderful site. Discovered it last fall and LOVE everything on it…thank you for sharing so much!

  182. Just finished reading “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” and am a third thru a second book- Indian Tribes of Hudson’s River to 1700…would love to read Will’s new book!

  183. Suzanne Bennett says:

    Kevin I have often wondered who the lucky man was that shared your lovely home and life. Now I see he is an accomplished author. I would love to read about the NIxons lives, almost as much as I enjoy reading your interesting blog about your life. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  184. Lori Schmidt says:

    I am not reading anything in particular right now but would love to read this book, congratulations Will!!!! President Nixon was in office at the time that the Wild Free-roaming Horse and Burro Act was passed in 1971, he signed it into law, it was passed without one dissenting vote, unheard of in today’s government. It was put into place to protect the Wild Horses and Burros that roam our western states, but sadly it has been desecrated with secret votes and documents and our Mustangs are being warehoused, rounded up and murdered every day, zeroing them out in many herd management areas to near extinction. There are many herds that are far below genetic viability now and they are continuing to round them up. I would be interested in reading about the man who was in office at a time when people still had principals where are wildlife are concerned.

    The opening paragraph of the Act says as follows : Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.

    Sorry for the dissertation, but this is something I am very passionate about. We are fast losing our American Icons and symbols of freedom.

  185. I rently finished “The Presidents’ Club” and enjoyed it. This would be a good read in light of the complexity of Nixon’s character as portrayed in this book.

  186. jan moore says:

    You partner looks a bit like Gary Busey doesn’t he?

  187. Just finished Lone Survivor and unfortunately the movie very loosely based on it. The book however was good. I am looking forward (hopefully!) to another good read.

  188. How great for your partner. Haven’t read his books but would love to do so. I’m on a week of absence from reading as I am overdue on a report on turkey vultures. Otherwise, I’m sad if I don’t have a book at hand. Now to try your garbanzo pancakes and see if I can fool my family!!
    Thanks for all your great information.

  189. This book sounds like it was meant for me to read. Over the years I have read many biographies of famous people, especially those of past president’s and their wives and families.
    Good reads of all of them..the White House and behind the scenes with the wives, loves, families. Emotions running away! !!
    Would love to curl up and read this one as Pat Nixon always seemed so distant but loving and kind.
    Will be wishing for that book!
    Linda Steele

  190. CONGRATS!!! I am rereading The Witches of Karres by James Schmitz.

  191. Jane Akers says:

    Love and Madness, My Private Years with George C Scott by Karen Truesdell Riehl

  192. The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom.

  193. How awesome. Would LOVE to read this book!

  194. Janet Schmulbach says:

    Wonderful idea, since I retired from nursing, I can read now and not fall asleep! I think authors are one of our gifted people that are very interesting to know. Enjoy your site and have learned alot from you!

  195. Just about to begin The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. These comments make a great reading list.

  196. Killing Kennedy

  197. Dawn Sievers says:

    What a fantastic offer!

    I’m rereading The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. No matter how often I read these books, I manage to find something new and inspirational in them.

  198. Sally Norris says:

    Can’t wait to pick up a copy of Will’s book. It should be very interesting since the general public didn’t know much about their private life.

  199. Currently reading “Saving the Season” by Kevin West…a cook’s guide to home canning with wonderful stories included.

  200. would be awesome to win one, read it and then donate it to my library for others to enjoy

  201. Sandy Primm says:

    I’ve most recently read _Breaking New Ground_ a memoir-autobiography from last year by Lester Brown, who founded World Watch and the Earth Policy Institute. He is one of the finest experts on ag policy and global climate change. His parents were sharecroppers, and Lester began his career growing tomatoes and became one of the biggest producers in New Jersey before being able to go to college. This is a great inspiring tho understated book that deserves more attention from those of us who love gardening.
    Also deserving attention is the recently unearth ms. by James Agee for Fortune magazine of the 1930s and published by Melville House last year and titled _Cotton Tenants: Three Families_. It is almost as great as _Let Us Now Praise Famous Men_ and takes you to the heart of the Great Depression in Alabama, if you want to see what hard times folks had then and still survived with dignity.

  202. I have always believed in President Nixon. He really was an amazing man! I currently am reading, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand. It is based upon a true story. I think your partner’s book would be an amazing read!

  203. I seem to be having trouble sticking with just one book these days. But sounds like your Will has a fascinating mix of interests!

  204. The Wolf of Wall Street.

  205. Sounds like a great interesting read! Will get his other books as well.

    Thanks for the inside info!

  206. Connie Sartain says:

    Currently reading Dr. Jim Duke “Green Farmacy Herbal Handbook”. Right up my ally! Thanks Kevin for the book review. You must be so proud of Will. I love your wonderful blog.

  207. Look forward to reading this book – hope I win it. So refreshing to see a face put on someone so ostracized & vilified by the world. They were both real people who made mistakes (who hasn’t).

  208. Congrats Will. Wishing you much success. I am trying to write a simple cookbook for family members & this task is easy to set aside. I can’t imagine the work, research, etc that goes into your books. Kevin your are no slouch in the writing area either. I love getting your weekly newsletters & taking a tour of your home, gardens, etc with you as you talk your way thru it. Enjoy your week.

  209. Currently, I am reading seed catalogs and genealogy information on I purchased some small old books at a local library sale with the idea of “altering” them for a garden project. Then I thought I should read them first. So, the first one is a small book written around 1895 about early Colorago pioneers. This one may have to stay book form…..

    Congratulations Will! How well I remember the Nixon era! I would love to read your new book.
    Happy New Year!

  210. I love a good biography. Just wish there was more time to read. Would so enjoy reading about the Nixons.

  211. Was it a difficult challenge to research the private lives of closed people? How long was this book in the making? I look forward to reading ALL of Will’s publications. I take a great interest in history as it ties in with my love of genealogy research. At present I am reading MANY MANSIONS ” The Edgar Cayce Story” by Gina Cerminera B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

  212. Lucinda Reams says:

    I would like very much to read about Richard and Pat Nixon. I enjoy reading biographies and am presently reading “First Ladies” by Carl Anthony. Very insightful view of our first ladies.

    Thanks so much.

  213. Would LOVE to read such a fascinating love story! Thank you for the chance to win this book!!

  214. I think I’m too late. I just discovered this post. 🙁 Good luck everyone!

  215. Linda Gattiker says:

    Oh, shucks, I missed it again…Still love your website, and looking forward to trying the pancakes.

  216. So there is more family talent under that roof than just Lily the cheese sniffing beagle. Congrats to Will.
    keep up the good work

  217. Congrats all and thanks for a wonderful set of comments with book suggestions….this is a great reading list….lots of wonderful insights…without a local bookstore to wander thru, its harder to find “good reads”….

  218. I don’t know if I’m too late or not. I just got my email today, so maybe the contest isn’t over yet. I’m reading “Caregiver Or Taker: The Faces of Betrayal” written by J.W. Fraser.
    It was written by my sister, and is a true story . She’s had a senior care business in New Brunswick for many years now. I had read it about three years ago, but somehow my copy was lent out several times, and I lost track of who it was passed on to last. She sent me another copy for my recent birthday, and I’m reading it again!

  219. So, does Will play in the garden, too?

  220. Do you own special recipes or have you tried some of the presidents favorite recipes? Just wondering? Also, does your partner own the presidental doll collection? I thought it would be cool to own that so I could teach my kids about all the presidents! About the garbanzo bread – could you just use parchment paper instead of all the oil? Just wondering because that is a LOT of oil or could you use the spray? Kara

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