Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Like a brain massage
I never win anything--well that's not exactly true. When I was 19, I won a year's supply of bacon--a pound a week from the grocery store--fortunately, I moved away before I could consume it and lose my girlish figure.
Then one time I won a free coca cola--the bottle cap said "You are a winner!" I kept it on my kitchen window sill for a boost anytime my self esteem bucket was running on empty.
Then a few weeks ago, Bookbabie decided to give away a copy of Remember me by Sophie Kinsella. Somehow the stars must have been smiling down on me, because I won!
It was very generous of Bookbabie. When I picked up my mail just before leaving for Washington last week there was a package waiting for me with the book in it. The delivery was well-timed, I needed an engrossing book to get through the flight. I hate to fly and have often held the hand of a perfect stranger sitting next to me just to get through take off and landing. So far, my random handholding has been taken with a good dose of humor--but it is embarrassing and you never know when my luck might change on that. So, with the book in my lap and reading glasses on my nose, I was able to totally ignore my seat mate and dive into the world of Lexi Smart who wakes up in the hospital and discovers that somehow she has misplaced 3 years of her memory--years in which she apparently had gotten a big promotion, cosmetic dentistry, a handsome and rich husband, collagen implants and a new set of friends.
As Lexi drew the pieces of her new life out of her Louis Vuitton handbag, I couldn't help but feel like she was someone I might have known--she was the kind of girl who might have won a years worth of bacon from the supermarket, kept a winning bottle cap or held the hands of strangers on an airplane--well at least she had been that girl--the woman with the Louis Vuitton bag was someone else altogether--a hard-edged professional who despite the outward appearance of wealth and success had a carb-free lifestyle and was known as the cobra.
The story is highly entertaining--I took off and landed twice while reading and never once had to muffle the urge to scream. I noticed that the book was prominently displayed in the airport gift shops, so maybe it is known for it's calming effect on fearful flyers.
Thank you bookbabie, you are kind and generous and provided me with a wonderful reading experience. In keeping with the blogging tradition with which I got the book, I'm going to pass it on to friend and fellow River Valley Blogger SJ.