One Red Paperclip
Or How an Ordinary Man Achieved His Dream with the Help of a Simple Office Supply
By Kyle Macdonald
(Three Rivers Press, Paperback, 9780307353160, 320pp.)
Publication Date: August 21, 2007
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Kyle MacDonald had a paperclip. One red paperclip, a dream, and a resume to write. And bills to pay. Oh, and a very patient girlfriend who was paying the rent while he was once again “between jobs.” Kyle wanted to be able to provide for himself and his girlfriend, Dominique. He wanted to own his own home. He wanted something bigger than a paperclip. So he put an ad on Craigslist, the popular classifieds website, with the intention of trading that paperclip for something better. A girl in Vancouver offered him a fish pen in exchange for his paperclip. He traded the fish pen for a doorknob and the doorknob for a camping stove. Before long he had traded the camping stove for a generator for a neon sign. Not long after that, avid snow-globe collector and television star Corbin Bernsen and the small Canadian town of Kipling were involved, and Kyle was on to bigger and better things.
In One Red Paperclip, Kyle takes you on a journey around the globe as he moves from paperclip holder to homeowner in just fourteen trades. With plenty of irreverent and insightful anecdotes and practical tips on how you can find your own paperclip and realize your dreams, he proves it’s possible to succeed in life and achieve your dreams on your own terms. Quirky and inspirational, this story of a regular guy and a small, red, now-legendary paperclip will have you looking at your office supplies-and your life-in a whole new way.
Kyle MacDonald first posted one red paperclip in July 2005 and has since become one of the most recognized Internet celebrities on the planet. In addition to continuing to trade for bigger and better objects, Kyle has planted more than 100,000 trees around the globe and delivered over 1,000 pizzas but has eaten only 1 scorpion. His previous publisher was Kinko’s.