GFY Giveaway: PAPER LOVE by Sarah Wildman


Hello, gentle readers. It’s time for another giveaway, and I suspect and believe that this one will be right up your street. It is extremely romantic and fascinating:


THE PRIZE: We have five autographed copies of PAPER LOVE to give away! Let Barnes & Noble tell you more:

Years after her grandfather’s death, journalist Sarah Wildman stumbled upon a cache of his letters in a file labeled “Correspondence: Patients A–G.” What she found inside weren’t dry medical histories; instead what was written opened a path into the destroyed world that was her family’s prewar Vienna. One woman’s letters stood out: those from Valy—Valerie Scheftel.   Her grandfather’s lover who had remained behind when he fled Europe six months after the Nazis annexed Austria.

Valy’s name wasn’t unknown to her—Wildman had once asked her grandmother about a dark-haired young woman whose images she found in an old photo album. “She was your grandfather’s true love,” her grandmother said at the time, and refused any other questions. But now, with the help of the letters, Wildman started to piece together Valy’s story. They revealed a woman desperate to escape and  clinging to the memory of a love that defined her years of freedom.

Obsessed with Valy’s story, Wildman began a quest that lasted years and spanned continents. She discovered, to her shock, an entire world of other people searching for the same woman. On in the course of  discovering  Valy’s ultimate fate, she was forced to reexamine the story of her grandfather’s triumphant escape and how this history fit within her own life and in the process, she rescues a life seemingly lost to history.

THE TASK: I shall be picking the winner at random, but please comment and tell us the book you’d take with you if you had to flee (for whatever reason) and could bring but one.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. (US and Canada residents only, unfortunately.) FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, (a) I’m very glad you’re here and (b) the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.



What the Fug: Miley Cyrus

I feel like we’ve been heading toward this for a while, and it’s finally here.

Miley Cyrus wears a Unicorn Onesie and holds a toy unicorn through Sydney Airport

She is officially a Miley Little Pony.

[Photo: Splash]


Fugs and Fabs: The MOBO Awards

This red carpet is very shiny, and also well-weighted with women who use merely a single initial as a surname.

[Photos: AKM/GSI]


Royally Played, Kate Middleton in Temperley London

It seems that Kate spent the last twelve weeks at home thinking, “you know what? LET’S MIX THINGS UP. I’m buying this quasi-low-backed black cocktail dress that MIGHT be sheer in bits but totally isn’t and everyone’s going to love it OR NOT I DON’T CARE. Someone, anyone, NOT GEORGE, please bring me some ginger tea, thank you.”

As for me, I am on record as being generally unmoved by Kate’s cocktail wear, especially when it’s Temperley — I was meh on this Temperley in Australia, and this particular Temperley cocktail dress from a couple of years ago inspired extremely neutral feelings as well. (It seems that while I like Temperley a lot as a whole, I am not as enamored of their cocktail options.) THAT BEING SAID, I think I like this. I definitely like that she continues to (classily) (sort of) sex it up. REGARDLESS, LET’S DISCUSS.

[Photos: Splash, Getty]


Fugs and Fabs: Various Paleyfests

We need to discuss Gotham. I’ve seen three of the five episodes, I think, and I can’t say I particularly enjoy it. But Jada seems to be having fun? My primary objection is that, at its heart, it’s exhausting to watch a show about how Jim Gordon will turn out to be a totally ineffectual detective because Gotham is so jacked up on crime — with villains that, per this show, have been around in various forms for like twenty years — that a man actually decides to turn into a rubberized bat to fix it. So that makes it hard to watch. It’s like Ziggy: The Show. We know Jim Gordon will never truly win.

[Photos: Splash]


Unimaginatively Played, Olivia Munn

I have run through a hundred potential angles on this thing, and all I keep coming back to is that showing up at a ballet opening as the black swan is SO lazy and boring.

Olivia Munn

Wear this to the VMAs if you want. Wear it to the premiere of the third season of The Newsroom that somehow exists even though nobody was clamoring for it. Wear it to a Natalie Portman-themed Halloween party, and then wear it to bed in the hopes that you will win an Oscar by osmosis. Whatever you need to do. But this is the ballet. Old ladies will be there in, like, Carolina Herrera suits and ball gowns. Blow it out with something big and dramatic, if you want, but it’s just weird to me to dress for the ballet as if you’re in a ballet. Which, in this case, is a little like Swan Lake mated with Clan of the Cave Bear.


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