She says she insisted on gold foil for the jacket, even though it added $3 to the price of each book. "I felt that little pop of something shiny was the girly thing that was missing to the cover," she says.

Grace Bonney will sign books on September 14 at West Elm, 160 Brookline Ave in Boston. Eugenia Williamson can be reached at ewilliamson@phx.com.

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