Dear Michelle Obama, Here's What To Expect When Your Spouse Wins the Nobel Prize

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New book, Reindeer With King Gustaf, from the first spouse in 108 years to write about the Nobel Prize-winning experience can help the first lady prepare for a whirlwind week in Oslo.

A teacher in California knows what Michelle Obama feels like, having been awoken 11 years ago to a phone call from the Nobel Prize Committee.

As the news spread of President Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Anita Laughlin, wife of Robert Laughlin the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physics recipient, knew her insights were never more relevant. Reindeer With King Gustaf: What To Expect When Your Spouse Wins The Nobel Prize is her peek inside the magical Nobel Ceremony which the Obamas will enjoy in December. Whether Michelle will be seated next to the King is yet to be determined, Anita Laughlin had this honor, and hilarity ensued.

"Open-hearted, humorous, inside-the-Nobel-laureate narrative from when the author and her husband first received the news he had won, to spending a week in snowy Stockholm. A suburban American dazzled by the charms of the old world--banquets full of royalty, jewels, flowers, taffeta gowns, and brilliantly lit rooms--Laughlin carries you away with her gimlet-eyed descriptions of the clothes and smell of the flowers; you feel and see the snowy, dark weather and the brilliant lights and torches. You feel the moods of the laureates and sense the collective thrill of their accomplishments," reviews Mary Reath, author of Rome and Canterbury.

Robert Laughlin, currently a theoretical physics professor at Stanford University, reviewed an observation by Bell colleagues Dan Tsui and Horst Stormer in 1982 and was able to write an equation describing how electrons were organizing quantum mechanically in a way never before witnessed and unknown to science. Anita Laughlin describes: "Bob thought about these results--much of the time in a trancelike state beneath our golden delicious apple tree in the backyard. The house literally could have burned down and Bob would not have budged. He quickly wrote two papers on the subject..." The three men won the 1998 prize based on Bob Laughlin's papers, sharing the million dollar award.

Reindeer With King Gustaf: What To Expect When Your Spouse Wins The Nobel Prize (Wyatt-MacKenzie, OCT 2009) is available from your favorite retailer, and has been chosen for the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, just in time for the December festivities.

Anita Laughlin is available to comment on the Nobel Prize experience. Learn more at the author's website:

Enjoy the book trailer, a wonderful Laurel & Hardy styled romp through the morning of the Nobel Prize announcement.

Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, Inc. in Deadwood, Oregon celebrates twelve years as the leading independent publisher of mom writers, providing an unparalleled author experience. Visit for more information.


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