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One Red Paperclip: Or How an Ordinary Man Achieved His Dream with the Help of a Simple Office Supply Paperback – Aug 21 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (Aug. 21 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307353168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307353160
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.9 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #339,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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MacDonald is just a regular, sharp-witted guy on a quest for funtential, his coined word for the maximum potential for fun. In a casual, playful tone, his account begins as he stares past his computer screen and at the brick wall of his girlfriend's apartment in Quebec; he lives there, and she pays the rent. Wanting to contribute financially to the relationship, he recalls a childhood game, Bigger and Better, and begins looking for something to trade. He's drawn to the red paperclip holding together his résumé and cover letter. The rest of the book traces his exchanges from the red paperclip to a fish pen to a smiley-face door knob and culminates with a house in Kipling, Saskatchewan—all within a year. From the outset, MacDonald insists on making each deal in person, and these personal exchanges provide the book with a human interest that transcends any fascination with quirky material swaps. Trading a door knob for Shawn's camping stove, for example, becomes an excuse for the once strangers to chat over steak sandwiches and beer. So, while the trades are the unifying element of the book, it isn't really about getting a house; it's about people, relationships and living life to its fullest. (Aug.)
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"An amazing true adventure!" OK! "Perfectly suited to the anti-commercial zeal of the moment" Sunday Times "A bizarre and brilliant idea" Daily Telegraph "So, is the new eBay? "Sure." Kyle says, "Why not?" The Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RookieRecurve on Dec 4 2011
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This book is such a fun story to read! This guy goes through an amazing journey, and leaves you feeling inspired. Pick up a copy, read it, then share it!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A Master Marketer Oct. 21 2007
By Fairly Reliable Bob - Published on
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First this young man trades a red paperclip for a house and now I'm paying him (book royalties)to tell me his story. But it's well worth the price of admission. He combines a clever idea and internet savvy with strong interpersonal skills to entice each trader and thousands of others to join his cause. Easy to read, hard to put down, and the pictures clinch the deal.

I would have given it five stars except that I think he tries a little too hard to convince you he's "an Ordinary Man", which clearly he isn't.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A book to gobble up like a can of pringles June 25 2008
By newtonscricket - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this in one day, sneaking off from all the other things I was supposed to be doing (sort like Kyle running out to trade a red paperclip when he's supposed to be working on his resume) It's just a lot of fun! A real exercise in see-where-life-takes-you. I love that although Kyle sort of wanted to trade up to a house what was always most important was the next trade and picking the right person by what felt right. A real delight! Way to go Kyle! Can't wait to see what the house trades for!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Real life magical tale comes true. July 9 2008
By Lisa - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
A modern day fairy tale where a brave youn man magically turns one red paperclip into a cottage for his fair young maiden. Loved the story from start to finish. What a crazy unpredictable journey. . . and Kyle never forgets that its all about the journey.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Don't you wish you'd thought of it? Jan. 23 2008
By Kirsty Dunphey - Published on
Format: Paperback
Kyle MacDonald is a rock star if you ask me. His savvy and sense of humour make him instantly endearing and this book is aspirational for anyone looking for "a great big adventure". Love the writing style, love the content, love it's simplicity.

Kirsty Dunphey, Author Retired at 27, If I can do it anyone can
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of the BEST Books June 28 2008
By Janet E. Spurr - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is truly one of the best, inspirational books I've ever read. It helped me to finally complete my first book, after several years. I LOVED the author's passion and determination, his sense of adventure and trust was outstanding. His book is written as if I was sitting down with a great friend at dinner and learning about this amazing experience. The pictures are perfect too, although, everyone that I tell about the book, I mention to make sure not to look at the pictures ahead of time.

Janet Spurr, Marblehead, MABeach Chair Diaries