[Note: This drive was initially inspired by the government shutdown, which you’ll see reflected in the post below. But the end of the government shutdown doesn’t mean the end of the donation book sale. All proceeds from any remaining copies purchased will still go to the Fisher House.]
Everyone has seen in the news the failure of the government to send survivor benefits to military families who lost a loved one at war. Shutdown, and all. So the Fisher House has taken over.
To help the Fisher House (rather, the families they’re helping), I’m selling all of the copies of the signing & giveaway left-overs I have lying around my house that are of no use to anyone and that are cluttering up the place. I’m sending the Fisher House 100% of the proceeds. If you buy a book, you’re essentially donating to the Fisher House and getting a gift in return. Think of it as lower-scale NPR donation drives (and less annoying, because this is the only post I’ll write – but I hope you share it! – and, of course, pick a book for yourself).
[Oct. 14 Update: here are some of the books already prepped for mailing to the generous and awesome donors who have contributed so far. Thank you!!]
The Fisher House traditionally uses the money it receives through donations to provide homes to military family members “to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time – during the hospitalization for a combat injury, illness or disease.”
Their current priority, however, is using the donations they receive to help pay initial survivor benefits. The money helps pay for funeral costs and travel to meet the body when it’s flown from overseas.
As the spouse of a service member who deployed to Iraq, and, before we were together, Afghanistan, I think this is a critical effort. (Even people who don’t know anyone in the military are appalled by the elimination of initial survivor benefits to family members of military personnel killed overseas.)
When I called this morning to ask how long they would be allocating funds toward that effort, the woman who answered the phone said, “We’re in it for as long as we’re needed. Until an agreement is reached or the shutdown is over.”
To purchase any of the books in the list below – one written under my own name, the other two (non-fic/humor) written under my pseudonym – simply visit PayPal and use my email address, ktsetsi AT gmail DOT com, to buy your book. Please specify which book you’d like when making your payment. Cost per book is listed below, and it’s as much as or less than what I paid for the copies I have. Add $3.50 for shipping ($.98 for the envelope and $2.53 for media mail) to anywhere in the U.S./APO.
Receipt for the first $300 in sales, all of which was donated to the Fisher House. (Thank you!)
Thank you if you read this far. I hope you’ll find one of the following to your liking (or, heckidy doo, even useful as a gag gift).
REMINDER: BOOKS CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED FOR THIS DRIVE THROUGH PAYPAL. Address for payment: ktsetsi AT gmail DOT com
(Of course, to send them a donation straight out, just visit http://fisherhouse.org.)
Pretty Much True…, inspired by my husband’s 2003 Iraq deployment. Goodreads review: “Kristen J. Tsetsi is a hell of a writer. Her book is edgy and full of suppressed emotion. Every character in it has an issue and all have some connection to the military (soldier, veteran, family, girlfriend). Feelings are hidden and suppressed and sublimated throughout the book which made me anxious while reading it. How could Mia treat Jake the way she did? Obviously, she is afraid of losing him and so she pretends, even to herself, that she doesn’t care. … I could relate to Mia in that my high school sweetheart joined the marines and was shipped off to Vietnam but I deal with my fear in a different manner. We probably all deal with the fear of losing loved ones in ways that are less than productive. I enjoyed the book, if “enjoy” is the right word. I was uncomfortable with the behavior and thoughts of main character, Mia. That’s the sign of a great writer….that I felt on edge all the time, just like Mia did.” (
10 6 copies available): $14 (plus shipping)
No Children, No Guilt, a short, non-fiction humor book written to help ease the pressure felt by women who aren’t sure they want to have children. Amazon review: “Finally, someone out there TOTALLY gets how the child-free by choice feel! This book was honest, eye opening and hilariously written! I’ve actually come away with responses to those awkward questions, thank you!” (
6 4 copies available): $4 (plus shipping)
What Every Woman Wishes Modern Men Knew About Women (humor), a series of observations about the unnecessary games men and women play. Called “funny and weirdly insightful.” Amazon review: “A lot of these books read as if the author is crying foul for personal grievances rather than trying to educate the reader. In my opinion, female writers often seem to find this sort of book as a chance to point fingers or nag men by making broad spectrum criticisms and accusations about our collective state of mind. Male writers seem to be using the genre as a mechanism to ‘outwit and outsmart’ female dating strategies by overpowering them with complex counter-strategies. The ‘hunter and the hunted’ perspective so many men write about is no better than the ‘nagging mother’ aspect a lot of female authors seem to advocate. Ms. Lucas advocating approaching from the context of equality- truly of equal worth despite our differences.. is a breath of fresh air.” (
3 1 copies available): $4 (plus shipping)