Dear Carried Away Fans,
Carried Away is sold out! So, we are no longer filling orders online or by mail. If you still need a copy of Carried Away, you may be able to order one through the bookstore of the Postal Museum at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. 

Thanks to your support over the past six years, we have been able to contribute more than $5,500 to the Postal Employees Relief Fund. We've had a lot of fun putting the book together, telling folks about it, and hearing about how much you're enjoying it.
Kate Drury and Lois McNulty

Carried Away gets high marks!

A blogger named Bob surprised us with this nice review of Carried Away :

Carried Away! book review

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I have written numerous blog posts about the joys of letter writing and just sending and receiving mail. It’s a simple pleasure I inherited from my dad. Late last year one of my musings got national attention as a guest post on the USPS website. I was expressing gratitude to my letter carrier and encouraging others to tell their story, or at least tell their letter carrier they are appreciated.

to read more, click here:

"I love this book! I laughed my satchel off!" 

Bob LaFond, City Carrier, Gloucester, MA


We are proud to announce that
CARRIED AWAY- TRUE STORIES FROM LETTER CARRIERS ACROSS AMERICA  is now available at the National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC


A look inside the book!

A Changing Neighborhood

I was delivering for the first time a route that had once been a residential
street, but as time went on, had become a busy commercial artery through
town. The residents gradually sold their homes to businesses such as
dentists, tax accountants, law offices, etc. This was in the 1970s, before the
implementation of business mailboxes, and all businesses got inside
delivery. I would pull up in front of each house, grab the mail, and go
inside to make the delivery. As I was walking through the door of one
house, I wondered to myself what kind of a business is “Robert P. Jones?”
I got inside and suddenly stopped. I looked around and saw a coffee table,
sofa, chair, and television set with the ball game on. Great! I just barged
into someone’s living room, I thought. Just then a man walked into the
room carrying a bowl of popcorn and a soft drink. He said, “That’s OK—
it happens all the time. That’s why I leave the front door unlocked, so I can
get my mail delivered right to my coffee table!”

Marc Vallecorse
Mesa, AZ

Close Enough!

While casing mail in downtown Owensboro in the early 1980s, I ran across a letter addressed to a law firm.  The lawyers were: Wallace Thacker, John Thacker, John Bickel and Doug Wetzel.

The letter was addressed to: Cracker, Cracker, Pickle and Pretzel.

Irvin Augenstein (retired)
Owensboro, KY
Br. 234

A Day in the Life of a Letter Carrier

by Lois McNulty

First published in North Shore Life magazine, Peabody, Massachusetts,
February–March 1987

You don’t know it, but I have a somewhat intimate relationship with you because I deliver your mail. I know your children’s names, I know if you’re in debt or if you’ve got dealings with a lawyer. I know about how old you are, and I have a pretty good idea how you vote. I might overhear bits of conversation between you and your spouse, and I usually know where you spend your vacations.

Delivering the mail gives me a unique perspective on the lives of the people whose homes I visit, however briefly, every day. My job keeps me moving, so I usually don’t have time for a conversation with you. But
because I am walking through neighborhoods all day long, I am a constant observer of people living their lives in the most routine ways. As I walk, I see people getting haircuts, selling shoes, unloading groceries,
nailing shingles, hurrying to appointments, and arguing with their children. For me, this opportunity to “be with people” is one of the benefits of a job which can be repetitive, arduous, and even dangerous.
(continued on p. 67)

Laird Atkins  Orlando, FL

Reader  comments:

"It came today.  I sat and read it through even before I changed out of my uniform.  What a delight!  Thanks very much."

Kitty, a letter carrier in Washington state.

 "As a proud member of branch 9 NALC Minneapolis, MN I just want to say how much I appreciated that book. I read it and have passed it off to fellow carriers for their enjoyment :)

To all my fellow letter carriers nation wide, if you haven't purchased this book then you should! Because you'll LOVE it! ♥ "
Jeffrey Babey , letter carrier in Minnesota

"Such a fun read. Letter carriers are in the category of folks we all take for granted."  
Barbara Costigan, St. Louis, MO –reader

"I really enjoyed the book—I can relate to these stories. Some of them have happened to me. I got a laugh, and was glad to know others have gone through what I've gone through. I will tell my fellow letter carriers about it."
Yvonne –Letter carrier in Medway MA

"I love this book I knew I would, but it exceeds my expectations. Thanks Lois and Kate."
Toni–a reader from TX

Recent Events:

Sunday, May 22, 1 pm

Kate Drury and Lois McNulty were featured presenters at Letter Writing Family Day at the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History at Regis College, Weston, MA, one of only two postal museums in the whole country! (the other one is at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.)

This is from the museum's newsletter:

Letter carriers have many interesting stories to tell. You can read about a number of them in the recently published book Carried Away by Kate Drury and Lois McNulty. Drury has been a letter carrier in Amesbury since 1987 and McNulty's father was a carrier in Florida for many years. The book is a collection of great short essays submitted by postal workers from across the country and is now on sale in our store. The proceeds from the sale of the books will be divided between the Museum and the Postal Employees Relief Fund. More info is at Both authors will be speakers at our annual Letter Writing Family Day on Sunday, May 22 at 1:00.

The Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History at Regis College, Weston, MA

Recent Events:

Sunday, March 20, 1-2 am

Kate was a guest on the Jordan Rich Show, a late-night (or early-morning!) call-in talk show on WBZ radio, which is heard in 38 states and Canada! 1030 on the AM dial.

Click for interview