If you haven't yet caught my exciting global adventure: this October 7, Colorado rising-star Conundrum Press will issue a new edition of my memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands: Love, Travel, and the Power of Running Away (Conundrum, 2014, ISBN 978-1-938633-40-9). It's the story of my nine years in Alaska, where I landed in a love triangle with two alcoholics, and the year I ran away to trek around the world alone. A quest for love always teaches us more than we bargained for. The truest answers to love's hardest questions may come from an intoxicated martial artist, a lonely Himalayan mountain, a flirtatious monk, an old Greek uncle, train robbers, a rollicking Irish pub, or maybe...a praying mantis. This terrific new edition features an afterword that answers many questions previous readers have asked!
Celebrate with me, Colorado Style:
If you live on Colorado's Front Range, please join me at the book release party to celebrate the new edition of They Only Eat Their Husbands: Saturday, October 18 at 7 p.m. at Denver's fabulous BookBar. BookBar is an irresistible combination of bookstore, wine bar, and café. We'll enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres, conversation, laughter, and giveaways—plus a brief talk about my writing and traveling adventures. If you've already read the book, please consider bringing a friend who might be curious...
Support Independent Presses:
A growing audience continues to find its way off the beaten path to my indie memoir. Conundrum Press is eager to build on that audience as part of a larger effort to support the cadre of talented writers who call the Rocky Mountain region home. "We're a scrappy small press working hard to become the premier literary publisher not only in Colorado, but in the American West—the last literary frontier," says Editor-in-chief Caleb Seeling. "It's happening because of the high-caliber authors we get to draw from in the region, authors like Cara Lopez Lee, a woman with a fantastic story, the incredible talent to tell it, and the passion to promote it."
I believe the most powerful connections we make in business are through meaningful relationships. For small presses, every book marks a personal commitment. It's like being published by a family who believes in you. That's so evident with the warm and dedicated people of Conundrum. My deepest thanks to editors Caleb Seeling, Sonya Unrein, and Debbie Vance—whose endeavors I hope my readers will support by buying Conundrum's high quality books.
Thank you for supporting books!
"I've read many memoirs, but it's rare when an author really opens up and divulges her innermost insecurities. Cara Lopez Lee never leaves a question unanswered and brings the reader right into her roller coaster world of abandonment, commitment phobic/alcoholic boyfriends, and her colorful surroundings...No matter your background, you'll be able to take something from this book, whether it's how to stand up for yourself, how to steer clear of an unhealthy relationship, how to trust your instincts, or how to live according to your rules."
—Susan Blumberg-Kason, author of the memoir Good Chinese Wife (Sourcebooks, Spring 2014)
"I loved Cara Lopez Lee's memoir. The characters are as well drawn as those in novels, the relationship dynamics fascinating, and the journey of self-discovery very satisfying. I don't know how she came up with the book's structure—very risky—but it definitely works. The voice in the memoir is charming and honest, without being cloying or precious. It's a voice you definitely want to spend time with."
—Barbara Wright, author of the novel Plain Language (Touchstone), winner of a Spur award from the Western Writers of America
At 26, after a lover threatens to shoot her, Cara runs away to Alaska. During her nine years in the Last Frontier, she lands in a love triangle with two alcoholics: a paraglider pilot obsessed with danger and a martial artist obsessed with death. At 35, sick of addicts, Cara runs again, to backpack around the world alone.