#1 Bestseller and PA

Posted on: Tue, 05/06/2003 - 5:57am
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The #1 current best-seller is The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. In it, one of the characters with a known PA is killed by putting residue from a peanut can in his cognac. The book I read just before this one was called "Name Dropping" by Jane Heller. The main character is a teacher at a very exclusive Manhattan preschool. She mentions that the kids in her class are preoccupied with death since one of the kids at school went into anaphylactic shock after eating peanuts. After that, all of the classrooms had to have an Epi-Pen and a posted list of each child's pediatrician. The book was funny for the most part, but I was glad to see that PA wasn't part of a "joke." As the parent of a PA child, I am always jolted by the mention of PA in unexpected reading material, but it gives me hope that more people understand how prevalent it is.

Posted on: Tue, 05/06/2003 - 12:40pm
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Why not go to Jane Heller's web page and ask her what her motivation was for using PA in her novel? I'll bet she has firsthand experience. Her email address and a link to email her is on her page.
I did not read her book so I won't email her but maybe you could and let us know what she says.
peg

Posted on: Tue, 05/06/2003 - 10:51pm
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Great idea! I'd like to know how she became knowledgable on the subject of PA (anaphylaxis, Epi-Pen). Maybe she visited this site for research! Wouldn't THAT be a pip?

Posted on: Tue, 05/06/2003 - 11:29pm
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I emailed her last night and got a response this morning.
Funny, she says she does not remember her specific reference to PA but she did her research in a very elite pre school that pays strict attention to PA.
She was very friendly and glad to help spread the word about PA.
Peg

Posted on: Wed, 05/07/2003 - 4:03am
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I e-mailed Jane this morning, and she e-mailed back within about one hour! A best-selling author! Here's what she said:
Dear Tracey:
Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my Web site - and for the e-mail. I just got another one yesterday from someone who read Name Dropping and wanted to know about the peanut allergy reference. Were you the friend who introduced her to the book, I wonder?
Anyhow, I have no personal experience with peanut allergies, but I spent several days at a preschool in NYC researching the heroine's career as a teacher and someone probably mentioned the problem so I picked up on it.
I'm so glad you enjoyed the book and I hope you'll try my others!
Best wishes and thanks again for getting in touch,
Jane Heller

Posted on: Wed, 05/07/2003 - 5:35am
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Hey good for us Tracey!
My experience with lots of authors is they sit by their computers all day waiting for feedback. You write to them, they answer in seconds.
My son is will be an author someday and he vows to answer all of his email immediately also.
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Posted on: Fri, 05/09/2003 - 5:18am
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Thanks a lot for giving away that bit from the Da Vinci Code!!!! ;-) I just started the book this morning.
Gotta wonder, though--where was that guy's epipen?
Sarah

Posted on: Fri, 05/09/2003 - 5:23am
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I'm SO sorry to give away part of the book!At least I didn't blabber out which character has PA, and the book doesn't say until almost the end.

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