The Dauphin said to me last night: “Hey Dad, working in the library as I do” — yes, he talks like this — “I want to tell you that I think ‘The Little Way of Ruthie Leming’ is going to appeal to the little old lady demographic. They always check out really emotional books, and books where the author’s name is in bigger print than the title.”

The kid really knows how to build an author’s confidence, I tell you. For the record, the author’s name in this case is NOT bigger than the print of the title!