“Voracious” Sneak-Peek and Pre-Order Links!

by Cara Nicoletti on July 23, 2015


In less than a month (26 days to be exact, but who’s counting?) Voracious will actually be in bookstores. When I started this process–nearly three years ago!–I had a vision of what this time would feel like. At night, lying in bed after endless days of waking up before dawn to write, going into my job, and then getting home to write late into the night, I clung to the thought of this very time. I imagined excitement and pride, but most of all I imagined relief, calm. The excitement and pride are there, that is for sure, but the relief and the calm have yet to show themselves.

When I was a kid, before going to baseball games or birthday parties or away on vacations, I would get a terrible knot in my stomach that I was sure was anxiety. I wondered what was wrong with me that things so exciting could cause me such terror and dread. It took me until only a few years ago to realize that this gut-churning nervous anxiety was actually just excitement. Even now I have a hard time distinguishing between the two, which is kind of a sad thing to admit, but it’s true that there is a fine line between excitement and anxiety. I’m feeling both, I think. There is, of course, anxiety about thrusting such a huge part of myself out into the world and inviting people to scrutinize it, about how it will sell and how people from my past will feel about making an appearance in these pages. But the excitement, I think, outweighs it this time. I’m so excited to show you what a beautiful job Little, Brown did designing this book, and for you to see all of Marion’s incredible illustrations. I’m excited to know how you read the book–will you read it cover-to-cover or just read the essays about the books you have read? Mostly, I’m excited to engage with all of you about what books have shaped your lives, to know what pages pulled you through your own grapplings with loss and heartbreak and change.

In the meantime, while I pull my hair out waiting anxiously (excitedly!) for August 18th, here is a preview of what’s to come. Directly below are links to a few different places where you can pre-order the book. This means it will arrive at your door on August 18, and there will be a few fun little treats included as well as a reward for being an early-bird (fill out THIS form and you’ll get some temporary tattoos of Marion’s illustrations!). Below that you’ll find an essay from the first chapter of the book! There will be more updates to come, including book tour dates and locations and other event information, so stay tuned.

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Christine July 23, 2015 at 12:51 pm

I love this! Can’t wait to see it at the bookstores. Congratulations!


Brettski July 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm

I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! Cannot wait to read and cook my way through


Sarvani (baker in disguise) July 23, 2015 at 1:15 pm

I can’t wait for your book!! I so do hope it comes to India as soon as it releases out there!! This is going to be so much fun.. from nancy drew to emma to gone girl…like I said I can’t wait!!


Kristin | Tasty Joy July 23, 2015 at 1:26 pm

I simply cannot wait to for this! What a wonderful, refreshing, and I’m gonna say exhilarating, excerpt! I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of your lovely writing and trying your recipes.


rebecca | displacedhousewife July 23, 2015 at 1:48 pm

I already pre-ordered on Amazon. I love your voice and am so so sooo excited to read your book!! Congrats!! xx


Elise July 23, 2015 at 2:02 pm

So happy for you! I’ve been on an ice cream making kick lately and am excited to try this one. Stout and chocolate, yum!


Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen July 23, 2015 at 4:57 pm

My anxiety is intense. So glad to hear other people experience it too. It’s very similar to the thought of, say, a surprise party but this one is like a surprise party that you know is happening. All eyes on you! The book looks beautiful! Can’t wait to get my copy. xoxo


Elizabeth July 26, 2015 at 1:00 am

That was a wonderful and inspiring excerpt! I read all of the Nancy Drew books growing up and as a kid never saw all the things you just wrote! I’m going to have to re read them all now and also read your book to see what else I might’ve missed. Congratulations on your book!


Kathryn Creech July 26, 2015 at 3:16 pm

This is incredible – If only the updated versions stopped at how much Bessie loved those Sundays and forgot the shame. I love your writing, pre-order done! Congrats, Cara!


Kathryn Creech July 26, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Incredibly and beautifully stated, Cara! If only the updated version stopped at how much Bessie loved those Sundaes. If they got rid of racism they surely added something else astonishingly stupid. Pre-order done , congrats on all your hard work coming into something so special and meaningful.


Lory @ Emerald City Book Review July 29, 2015 at 8:36 am

I’m enjoying a review copy right now and will be posting about it on my blog on the release date. I love how you combine your memories of reading and eating! I did think at first that I’d skip the books I hadn’t read or didn’t like, but it all flows so seamlessly that I’m savoring every word, as well as salivating over the recipes.


Noreen September 12, 2015 at 10:34 am

Thanks for this account of Nancy Drew. You mentioned finding the original pre-1959 books. How did you find them? I would love to read the originals! Thanks for any tips you can give me.

I discovered your blog blog today and am enjoying it.

Good luck with this book.


Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits September 16, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Cara, I’m so glad I found your blog through your interview on the Splendid Table! Like you, I’ve been cooking a few dishes that were inspired by the books I’ve read. I have been meaning to feature these recipes on my blog for the longest time, but haven’t gotten around to doing it yet. I’m so inspired by your book and will be ordering this soon. Have fun traveling on your book tour!


Christina September 24, 2015 at 1:59 pm

What a wonderful story! I greatly enjoyed the history of the evolution of the Nancy Drew stories and your inclination to protect Bess. I look forward to finding your book!


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