Some of you heard me read this at my events this past May, but thanks to our friends at Penguin Random House today I get to share the text of the first chapter of the book with you.

Careful listeners may find some subtle differences. In general, I edit down my readings for timing and clarity. This is also revised text, so that makes for a slightly different version as well. Remember, I was reading from pieces of paper that were printed from my computer!

I hope you enjoy it. You’ll be able to read the rest of TIME’S CONVERT on September 18 if you are in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. I don’t have publication dates yet for any of the translation territories.

And don’t forget to check back on Thursday around this time for all the US Tour details.

x Deb