John came up with this for the inside of the book's cover (slightly modified by me):
Congratulations! This book is yours to keep...for now. As part of an experiment to see how far and for how long this book travels, please follow these instructions:
1. Read it (and hopefully enjoy it).
2. Visit http://bookchase.blogspot.com/2007/04/jane-smiley-into-wild.html to tell me where you found it.
3. Sorry, now it's time to give it up. Choose an interesting locale to leave the book and then say goodbye (or hand it off to a friend who loves to read). Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me how you passed it forward. Thanks for helping!
So tomorrow I'm going to "release" a copy of what I consider to be Jane Smiley's best book, A Thousand Acres. It's a sturdy, but flexible, deluxe paperback copy of the book that I think should survive for a while, probably even longer than a hardback copy would last. So let the chase begin.
Edit: April 3 -
I left the book on a bench outside the automatic doors to my library branch this afternoon. I went inside to pick up a couple of books that were being held for me and when I left 10 minutes later the book was still there. Let's see what happens.