Kate Rattenborg, owner of Dragonfly Books in Decorah, is a good person to have in your corner.

According to an article published Tuesday at publishersweekly.com, website for the 142 year-old international journal of book publishing and bookselling, “about 25 percent of the sales of a Holt memoir by a debut author have been in Iowa’s bookstores, due to the heroic efforts of a Decorah bookseller, Kate Rattenborg.”

The book, “My Family and Other Hazards,” by June Melby of Decorah, is a memoir about Melby's experience growing up in a family that owned a Tom Thumb miniature golf course in north-central Wisconsin.

“While publisher Henry Holt declined to provide sales figures for My Family and Other Hazards -- which hit shelves in July and landed at No. 14 on the New York Times' sports titles bestsellers list for that month -- the house's v-p of publicity, Patricia Eisemann, disclosed that 25 percent of the book’s sales have been in Iowa’s ‘local and regional’ bookstores,” the Publisher’s Weekly article stated. “And Holt believes, as Eisemann put it, that this feat is ‘directly attributable’ to Rattenborg and her handselling efforts,” it continued.

 “It's easy to promote a book that is so well written and so funny,” Rattenborg told Publisher’s Weekly. “I had tears running down my cheeks when I read it -- sometimes from laughter, sometimes not. It is funny, touching, unexpected in many ways.”

Melby is currently on tour, with stops in bookstores in Minnesota and Wisconsin this month. The tour will wind up in Los Angeles Sept. 22, with an appearance at Book Soup.