Hundreds of Jon and Kate Plus 8 fans came out in droves at a three-story Barnes and Noble store in Glendale, Calif., Tuesday to meet series star Kate Gosselin, who is crisscrossing the country to promote her second book, Eight Little Faces: A Mom's Journey.
The bookstore, about eight miles outside of Los Angeles, was the first stop in Gosselin's multi-city tour (she'll be in Huntington Beach, Fresno, and San Francisco later this week), and close to 400 people waited for hours to get a brief audience with TLC's famous mother of eight.
Many women were so determined to get a photo with Gosselin that a book with her signature seemed of little importance to them. But the occasional fan did manage to use her oh-so-brief time in Gosselin's presence to shower effusive praise. "I make my boyfriend miss Heroes so I can watch your show!" exclaimed one rabid fan. "You're so beautiful!" said another. "You are like Hollywood!"
The tall and slender Gosselin, who was wearing white pants, a leopard-spotted blouse, and three-inch cork heels, just smiled and said "thank you." She always made sure, however, to say something special about any baby who came her way. "Just drop her off with me!" she said of a three-week-old baby named Morgan. "I'll give her back at night."
Many fans even brought presents, ranging from a tome titled The Book for People Who Do Too Much to eight personalized gift bags for Gosselin's children. Everything Gosselin received -- including plenty of heartfelt notes -- was carefully set aside for her (and her small staff) to review later.
Remarkably, no one seemed to inquire about Gosselin's husband, Jon, during the 90-minute book signing, though one fan did ask where her "little ones" were. "Back at home," replied Gosselin, who is touring alone.
Gosselin's second book (the couple's first, Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving With Twins and Sextuplets, was a New York Times best seller) is 44 pages long and filled with photographs, Scripture quotations, and brief notes about giving birth to so many kids.
(Sample: "Early in my pregnancy, when we learned I was carrying multiples, I felt insignificant and unworthy to mother so many children. As time passed we realized God did not make a mistake when he gave us six instead of just one. For us this was the beginning of learning to trust God completely.")
One photo is from the hospital and shows Gosselin's very large belly. ("Having them so close to me, I learned each of their personalities -- even before they were born.")
The Gosselin family has already begun production on the fifth season of Jon & Kate Plus 8, which returns to TLC on May 25. The family has a green special airing April 19.source