The book I gave away on this blog this week went to a first year third grade teacher who has both great talent for her job as well as great heart for all things. Could not have worked out better in my mind. Many other books passed out of my hands during BAFAB week - 4 to friends, 38 to my book club students, 14 to people who mooched from me on Book Mooch. Still don't feel like stopping so I have one more special gift in the wings for a friend whose admirable idealism and energy crashed this week and left me sad for his sadness - a signed first edition of the new David Sedaris When You Are Engulfed in Flames. Highly recommend this book gifting business.
Found a new giveaway on lit*chick tonight for all of you who might like to be on the receiving end of some biblio beneficence. Lit*chick is giving away a copy of Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek, reportedly a gem of a first novel that chronicles the psychological demise of the eleven-year-old narrator's mother. A tale of the American South where madness is always deftly handled as off-center is the norm south of the Mason Dixon (where I grew up happily amidst a colorful selection of less-than-normal relations). Great reviews, great reader feedback, hope I win. Navigate away from here for just a minute to enter.
Off to take a break from book fairying to finish Loving Frank, the best book with the worst title I have read in a while.
Andy. The winner of the signed, first edition, first printing copy of Home by Marilynne Robinson was determined by a third party, impartial service - my ten year old daughter. She scrolled through all of your comments writing down everyone's name as she went. She double-checked to make sure she missed no one. She cut apart the names and placed them in a paper bag. The name you see above is what she drew out after much shaking and mixing. I highly recommend her to anyone needing a service to determine a contest winner.
Many thanks to all who entered! So many great suggestions. Some found their way to my wish list and for this I also thank you. Contests are a great way to meet new friends it appears. Hmmm. What could I do next? Not called the "book fairy" for nothing.