When Karen Hughes once heard a train conductor announce "10 minutes from Normal," she thought the phrase might make an intriguing book title. (The train was speeding across Illinois toward the city of Normal.) Now Hughes has penned that book (sure enough, Ten Minutes from Normal)—about juggling her diverse roles as one of President Bush's most respected aides and confidantes with her "normal" role of Texas wife and mom. The author, who's just kicked off a 16-city tour, was the subject of a two-page Time interview and has guested on such prominent TV and radio shows as NPR's Fresh Air, Morning Edition, 20/20, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, The O'Reilly Factor, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Meet the Press and many others. After one trip back to press, Viking's in-print figure is more than 300,000. —With reporting by Dick Donahue