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Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 12/ 2/2010

It's all about mom at first-time novelist Graham Moore's book party at the veep's house

By The Reliable Source

The author, his mom, his mom's pal Jill Biden. (Richard Leiby/The Washington Post)

Like any first-time author who's just birthed a new book, Graham Moore has been trying to calm the nerves, keep it together.

"I'm allowing myself one checking a day" of the reviews and the sales stats, the author of the just-released "The Sherlockian" told us. "One Amazon check, and one Google check."

And like any first-time author -- aw, heck, all commonalities break down after that. Moore, a 28-year-old who looks a decade younger, is the rare newbie writer whose genius idea (modern-day Sherlock Holmes buff solves the murder of an Arthur Conan Doyle scholar) had multiple agents vying for his manuscript. . . and the rare author of any kind whose first book party was hosted at the vice president's residence.

It's a mom thing: Moore is one of the two sons of Susan Sher, Michelle Obama's chief of staff; and it seems no matter how high-powered your own job, if you're a mom, you're going to brag about your sons. That's how Moore's book came to the attention of Jill Biden, who Wednesday night welcomed a couple dozen guests to the seasonally bedecked Naval Observatory (green swaths, pine cones, white lights, gold ornaments).

"Every time your mother would talk about you, she would just light up," Biden said, toasting Moore. "And you dedicated it to your mother!"

Blushing yet, Graham? Sher was up next. "It's a pageturner," she said, "but it's more than that."

Not that the guests (Sonia Sotomayor, Valerie Jarrett, Kathleen Sebelius, Alan Greenspan, Howard Fineman, Mark Whitaker, Christopher Hitchens) could get their hands on it at the moment: You can imagine the ethical complications if they were to set up a cash register next to a stack of books at an executive mansion. Moore, while giving his own toast, was startled by Joe Biden himself creeping down the stairs behind him. The veep apologized for his late entrance: "I know it's an old excuse, but I was on the phone with the president."

But let's remember who matters here! When you write a book, Moore said, "It turns out the coolest part is that your mom is so proud of you. Basically, every day. It's all about your mom."

By The Reliable Source  | December 2, 2010; 10:00 PM ET
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The author looks like he is 13 years old.

Posted by: buffysummers | December 3, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

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