My mother is a Wellesley graduate who shops at Talbot’s, disapproves of both tattoos and piercings, knows which fork to use, and could probably reply correctly to a letter from the Paraclete of Yugolslavia on very nice stationary. She (and my father) taught me early and often about “pretty is as pretty does,” to leave one last bite of everything on the plate for Miss Manners, not to ask for things, and not to appear grasping or greedy.
The thing is, I really, really want to raise this blog to the next level, and that will require a bit of fairly unladylike whoring. (Cover your eyes, Mom). Here’s the deal: I’m running a contest, and in addition to the sublime pleasure of reading whatever falls from my brain on any given day, you will have the opportunity to win this book in paperback. It is a fabulous book (I’ve already read it, but of course not the pristine giveaway copy) and it is recommended for lovers of food, cooking, San Francisco, biographies, or American culture. It is a fine read. Geez Louise, I’ll inscribe it, if you want….
So, what do you have to do to get Alice into your hands?
1. The winner will be the person who sends me the most readers between Monday, April 7 and Friday, April 18th.
2. I will know if you sent me a reader because you will direct them, on your blog, to post a comment on my blog saying that you referred them. If you don’t have a blog, you can just use e-mail. Your friends are then, of course, free to compete with you. That’s the American way.
3. Your readers can come, and be counted more than once, but they have to comment on different posts.
4. On the 19th, I’ll count and get the book in the mail to the winner.
Play with me. If I’m going to act like a tramp, it should at least be worth it….