I finished a book this weekend. My husband picked up the book in the airport in London between flights. He finished the book by the end of his trip and suggested I read it because it would be neat to read the same book and then talk about it. Kinda like our own mini book club.
It took me a little longer than him to read the 320-page book because A) I didn’t have long ocean-crossing flights to read on and B) he had no family obligations, no Internet and no English speaking TV in Germany leaving him nothing else to do but read!
Nonetheless, I groaned about the book the whole time because it’s written in a very “stream of conscienceness” style in parts and includes details that weren’t necessary and were actually distracting. As a writer and editor myself perhaps I’m too hard on non-fiction books. But I endured (and skipped and skimmed the disinteresting and distracting parts) and can honestly say it turned out to be a good read. The story was a good one and the end brought a small tear to my eye. The way it was told is not exactly my style, but the end result was the same.
So now you wanna know the book, right? One Red Paperclip by Kyle Macdonald. It turns out the book has not even been released in the U.S. yet! However, it goes on sale in the U.S. tomorrow, Tuesday, August 21. The book traces this guy’s journey of trading one red paperclip up to a house through a series of trades from July 2005 to July 2006. The trades were facilitated by his blog so if you can’t wait to get the book, check out the blog: oneredpaperclip.com.