The goal has been reached, the Facebook gods have been appeased, and a lucky reader is about to get a real neat book! Thanks to all who entered the giveaway by sharing my Facebook page and commenting and everything. It so much fun I think I’ll do it again sometime.
It was difficult picking the prize, though! Selecting the winner was easy, but the book… I wanted something from my shelf that was clearly papergirlesque.* I wanted to select a book that one couldn’t get used for $0.01 on Amazon; I wanted a book that would fetch a handsome price at market. [Editor’s Note: Ring a bell, for I have now completed a life’s goal. Since childhood, I have wanted to legitimately use the words “fetch a handsome price at market” regarding something I owned. It is finished.]
I went to my various bookshelves and considered several options. Girls Like Us is a great book, a biography of three influential female musicians: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. I read it on the beaches of Little Cranberry Island many summers ago. I learned so much about the 1960s and who Joni Mitchell slept with (it’s a thick book) and I’ll bet you a fresh lobster there’s Maine sand in the pages. That would be cool, but would my winner really give a rip?
I considered a copy of Madonna & Me, a collection of essays published by Soft Skull Press that includes an essay by yours truly. Being included in that book has been a highlight of my life thus far — no joke. Have I mentioned I’m a drooling, slavish Madonna fan? I am a drooling, slavish Madonna fan. It would make sense to give away a copy of that.
But then I saw the right book. I purchased Paper Boat Captains (Universe) about a year ago because it was too cool to pass up. It’s a book of pop-out paper boats! Page after thick-stock page offers intricate paper pieces that are to be folded and married to make neat paper boats! I swore I’d make one, had one marked with a post-it, but I just haven’t found the time to sit down and do it. PaperGirl, paper boats — it just makes sense. And it seems to still be worth its $27 on various book-buying sites, so that’s good. Rather than let it languish on my shelf any longer, I shall give it to you, Yvonne Elizabeth Strumecki, because you are a real pal, sharing my page and commenting and just generally being a person that I have come to appreciate for your dialogue and participation in whatever it is I’m doing, here. Email me with your address and I’ll sail some boats your way.
*New life goal: to become regarded highly/widely enough that the word “papergirlesque” would enter the American lexicon. IT’S GORGEOUS! It rolls trippingly off the tongue: Pay-per-gurl-esk. Oh, glorious new word! And it doesn’t have to mean something good, obviously. Example: “The movie? Eh, it was okay. Funny, but a little sentimental, a little too nostalgic for its own good. Very papergirlesque.”