Rod Dreher Lands Monster Book Deal

The former DMN editorial boarder and current American Conservative writer has cut himself quite a deal. The New York Post is saying that he landed an “estimated” $1 million deal to write a memoir about how a small Louisiana town supported his sister as she died from lung cancer. The book is titled The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, A Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life. It’ll come out in the spring of 2013.

I asked Rod about this $1 million figure (I’d heard it was slightly higher). He wrote back: “I’m not going to confirm a rumor, but I will say that the money will be sufficient to provide a college education for my sister’s children, provided they go to a state school and, unlike their no-count uncle when he was at LSU, stay the hell out of the barrooms.”


  • Poo-Bah

    David Brooks feted Rod in the NY Times about 30 days ago.

  • Marty

    Rod Dreher — the 1%. Ah, the irony of it all.

  • BillHemmer

    Education of his sister’s children my azz!

  • So he moved back to his hometown to collect material? What a sly devil, that Rod Dreher.

  • Jonathan Carpenter

    The $1 million will help make him the Limosine Liberal we all know he is.

  • Chad W.

    Given the tantrum he’s unleashing on Ron Paul supporters who are not buying into his racist insinuations against the candidate on his web site, anyone who doesn’t buy his new book may be in for a real beat down. I’m thinking stern penny postcard reminders quarterly until they crack.

  • bill holston

    Rod’s writing about Ruthie is about the most moving thing I’ve ever read about death. the piece entitled Barefoot Pallbearers literally brought tears to my eyes. I’ll be reading this book.

  • Bill, I wept tears of shock and awe as I read that as well. The picture of good people who had *literally* removed their shoes and socks was a most beautiful illustration of love and devotion. God Bless everybody.