EATING THE CHESHIRE CAT has become a low-key Southern classic since its publication twenty years ago. Featuring an ensemble of striving young women and their overbearing mothers driving them to success in life and on campus at the sororities of the University of Alabama, the hijinks and mishaps that result from their jockeying for position on the social ladder are related with Helen Ellis' keen eye towards the sometimes absurdness of Southern culture, as well her devestating wit.
THIS COPY (shown below) was signed by Helen Ellis on the title page at her office. It is a new, unread first edition opened only for signing. Published in January, 2000 by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
HELEN ELLIS (pictured below from our Wall of Fame) is one of America's best writers of hurt-your-tummy-laugh-out-loud funny books, but also one of the slowest. She took fifteen years to come up with American Housewife, after we hosted her first farce on college sorority life, Eating the Cheshire Cat. In between and still, she is a successful high stakes tournament poker player, paying off her grad school debt with the proceeds of just one winning check. The talented author Colson Whitehead hired Helen to coach him in the game and wrote about her in his memoir. Thank you Helen Ellis for signing our books.
THIS VIDEO was shot in the store on January 18, 2016 for airing on BOOKMARK, a Public Television author interview show hosted by Emmy Award winner Don Noble.