This raccoon has been feeling a little guilty lately for having so strongly promoted the Edith Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens: A Life in Pictures book (here, here, and here) that still has not yet materialized (here and here).
I have received word from Eva Beale directly and she told me that the December 1 publication date listed in the press release was a miscommunication. There most definitely was a delay in distributing the certificates of ownership, as they were mailed out after the holiday season--too late to appear under the tree.
However, an e-mail sent to prepaid buyers on January 12 says that they are "advanced discussions with a major US high-end magazine to launch the book in March 2008", and they request patience until the book is published.
Some of you have complained that your e-mails requesting refunds that you sent to the addresses on the official website were unanswered. I am told that writing to the first e-mail address on contact page of the website (Go to the site and click on "Info & Contact", and then click on the first e-mail address there.) will result in a response.
If your e-mails remain unanswered, I am told that your PayPal transaction is covered under the PayPal Buyer Protection: PayPal Buyer Complaint Policy. Disputes can be opened at the PayPal Resolution Center.
My deepest apologies to those of you who are unhappy with this situation. Please continue to check back here for more information about the book. This raccoon will post the publication date as soon as it is known.