Giveaway: This will be your favorite book of 2012January 3, 2012
This past New Year’s Eve wasn’t quite the drunken, push-your-sorority-sister-home-in-a-shopping-cart type evening I remember from, say, 1999.
It was more of an early affair this year, punctuated by baby’s bedtime and a glass of wine for mom. My husband and I sat on the couch and talked about our favorite parts of 2011. I asked him, what was the best book you read? He thought through the many books he’d gone through, finally choosing one.
He asked me, what about you? What’s the best book you read?
This was an easier question because in 2011 I proudly finished not one, but TWO books. Holy moly, between all the new mama chaos and confusion and sleep deprivation I am proud to say I read two full books cover to cover.
And between them, this was my favorite: How to Get a Grip by Matthew Kimberley
I bought this book because Matthew somehow found me (via Twitter?) after my appearance in Lemonade. And he’s one hell of a hilarious dude, mixing good ol’ smarts and friendliness with a mouth any mother would want to wash out with soap. So he became a friend – a friend who lives in Malta of all places, as if I have any clue where that is – and a friend who published a book. All things considered, I had to read this book so I must have been one of the first 5 Americans who ordered it.
I was going through a fairly rough period.
This book made me laugh.
And shake my head and chuckle and get some friggen perspective on the shit in my life.
It wasn’t written for a new mom, but Matt’s dead-on advice about how to get a grip was perfect. I think I liked it even better because it wasn’t written for a mom.
From jobs to relationships to money, he goes there and gives it to you straight. He even touches on health. Though, um Matt, I gotta learn you a little something about saturated fats before your next book.
A few excerpts:
“Sometimes in life, things get a bit shit…It’s how you deal with the shit that sets you apart and, while you may think you lack the resources to turn things around and make it all a little less shit, you don’t. You have everything you need and you know all you need to know. In fact, you don’t even need this book.”
“You reckon you’re a mind-reading voodoo expert, but actually you’re clueless. Stop making your place on earth relative to everybody else’s. What other people are thinking doesn’t matter anyway, as you’re smarter than 95% of them. Therefore, you can, with great justification, say a big “fuck you” to everybody out there. Remind yourself that you rock.”
“Travel and meet interesting people. If you travel, you get to see stuff and get sick in new places…Even if you are a resident in a foreign country, you have not ‘gone native’ unless you speak the language and marry somebody who was born there. Wearing a sarong is not enough. Nor is the application of henna tattoos and hair-braids.”
Now the fun part! Enter to win:
1 Grand Prize winner will receive a personal voicemail message left by the one, the only, author Matthew Kimberley. Oh, and you’ll get a book, too.
4 more winners will receive a copy of How to Get a Grip. And sure as shit, you could be one of them. All you need to do is rack up a bunch of chances by doing some or all of the following:
1. First, you must leave a comment on this blog post saying why you need to get a grip (1 chance)
2. Like my new Facebook fan page and leave a comment here saying you did (+2 bonus chances)
3. Subscribe to my newsletter and leave a comment here saying you did (+3 chances)
4. Run naked through your town’s Main Street and leave a comment here saying you did (+10 chances)
Contest closes January 31, 2012 at midnight ET. Winners will be notified by email and must provide a US shipping address. Grand prize winner must have a phone. Good luck!
Oh, do you just want to buy the book for heaven’s sake? Of course you do. Go ahead, right here.