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GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin (audio)


Description

Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the NYC art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights--and, at times, the dark lows--of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

About the Author

Steve Martin is a legendary writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood, The Spanish Prisoner, and Bringing Down the House, as well as Roxanne, L.A. Story, and Bowfinger, for which he also wrote the screenplays. He's won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he has written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, and a bestselling novella, Shopgirl, which was made into a movie. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Times.

From AudioFile

This spare, focused book takes us back to the late 1990s, when art was a commodity for the very wealthy and a coin of the realm for admission to the upper class. It's a character study, a light mystery, and an entertaining look at a world that few people see up close. Campbell Scott is an inspired choice as narrator. His measured, understated tone captures the essence of the book, and he only slightly changes his for voice its characters. His leisurely pace draws our attention to the plot details and illuminates the author's asides about the art world. What's even more impressive, though, is that Scott actually sounds like Steve Martin. It's uncanny, and it works beautifully. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

 Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160788612X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607886129
SOURCE:  PUBLISHER

 MY THOUGHTS
LOVED IT

    I normally tear through Steve Martin's stories, but this one had a lot of information about international art trade and the New York art scene.  I really had to absorb the information to understand all of the plot points. The story revolves around Lacey and I am not really sure if she is good or bad, so I suppose like most people she has a bit of both.  Daniel is more of a narrator than actual character although he does tell the story from an observer's point of view and acts as a voice of reason even when he finds Lacey has used him in one of her schemes. 

    A key point that is when Lacey finds out the biggest new name in art is a former boyfriend using the moniker of Pilot Mouse and of course Lacey uses that to her advantage, playing upon the giant egos that exist when money and objects collide.  Martin lampoons people who buy art for no other reason than to own it.  He explained this syndrome rather well when he appeared on the Colbert Report recently.  This is overall of Martin's more in depth books and it is well worth reading.
    I received this book at no charge from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

    WANT TO WIN A COPY OF THIS BOOK?

    Contest is open to anyone with a US or Canadian mailing addresses (no PO Boxes)

    Contest ends on 2.19.11 Winner will be chosen by Random.org on  2.20.11
    Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be chosen.
    This giveaway is sponsored by Hachette Book Group and up to 2 audio books will be available.
    Only one winner per household address!

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    133 comments:

    1. Put my name in the hat, I'd love to win! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
      theroundfile at live dot com

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    2. My uncle would love this. thanks!

      Lauren

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    3. It seems like it's been forever since I read Shopgirl! Thanks for the chance to win this newer tale!
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    4. I'm a fan of Steve Martin in every way...love his comedy, his movies, his acting, his books....and he's sexy to boot!! Would love to win this one =)

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    5. I had no idea Martin was a writer. Interesting. Thanks for the chance to win! theprairielibrary (at) gmail (dot) com

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    6. I'm a big Steve Martin fan and I would really like to win this.

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    7. This sounds like a great book!

      Tony
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    8. Thanks for the giveaway! (:
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    9. tweeted:
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    10. I've been a fan of Steve Martins since the SNL days. Loved him playing the banjo with the arrow on his head wearing the white suit. Would love to read this book.

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    11. (Daily entry for Feb. 4)

      We're Steve Martin fans from way back, my son had one of those arrow-through-the-head things that Steve wore when he did standup!

      Tony
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    12. Fingers crossed that I win!
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      Daily entry 2/4

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    13. Daily entry for 2/4! Fingers crossed....
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    14. I'm very interested in the contemporary art world and I think Steve Martin, who's been a savvy and passionate art collector for a long time, would provide a fascinating look into this world.

      patricia (dot) mariani (dot) esq (at) gmail (dot) com

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    15. 05/02/11
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    16. 05/02/11
      Daily tweet:
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    17. So want to win this! (Daily entry 02/05)

      patricia dot mariani dot esq AT gmail dot com

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    18. 2/5!
      Thanks.
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    19. I keep thinking about the range this guy has. He was the "Wild and Crazy Guy" and an accomplished novelist/playwright, just amazing!

      Tony (rositatony AT yahoo DOT com)

      daily entry 2.5.11

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    20. Count me in for today --- Feb. 5 entry.

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    21. One more try for today ...02/05!
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    22. Daily entry
      2/5
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    24. Here's hoping I win!

      daily entry 2.6.11

      patricia dot mariani dot esq AT gmail dot com

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    25. Saw Steve talking with Charlie Rose about this book and their conversation really piqued my interest --- would love to win the audio book!

      Tony
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      Daily entry for 02/06

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    26. I love Steve Martin. I could watch his movie The Jerk every day.

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    27. Just started getting into audio books and I think this would be a great book to listen to ---

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    28. Just started getting into audio books and I think this would be a great book to listen to --

      rosita DOT p DOT mariani AT gmail DOT com

      daily entry for 2/6 (Please don't count the comment above, Mary, I forgot to include my email address in that one. Sorry!)

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    29. 2/6!
      My dad loved Steve Martin.
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    30. Daily entry
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    31. http://twitter.com/#!/tearyeyedstars/status/34405742547177472
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    32. Daily entry
      2/6
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    33. Daily entry 2/7.
      Thanks!
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    34. Daily entry
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    35. Daily tweet:
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    36. Another day, another comment! (Daily entry 2/7)


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    37. Great giveaway!

      Tony

      daily entry 2.7

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    38. Fingers crossed!
      rosita dot p dot mariani (at) gmail dot com

      my daily entry for Feb. 7

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    39. Daily entry 2/8
      Count me in for today.

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    40. daily tweet:
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    41. Daily entry 2/8. Thanks!
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    42. Hoping to win this. Daily entry 2.8
      patricia dot mariani dot esq AT gmail.com

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    43. Terrific giveaway. (my entry for Feb.8)

      Tony
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    44. Daily entry
      2/8
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    45. Would love the chance to listen to this audio book.

      patricia dot mariani dot esq at gmail dot com

      Daily Entry February 9

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    46. Today's entry 2.9

      Tony

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    47. Daily tweet:
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    48. Choose me, please!

      rosita dot p dot mariani at gmail dot com

      Daily Entry 2/09

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    49. 2/9!
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    50. Daily entry
      2/9
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    51. Saw Steve Martin's Picasso ply years ago and really enjoyed it.

      Tony
      daily entry for Feb. 10
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    52. patricia dot mariani dot esq AT gmail dot com

      Today's entry 2/10

      Hope I win.

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    53. http://twitter.com/#!/tearyeyedstars/status/35848665281077248
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    54. Daily entry 2/10. Thanks!
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    55. Daily entry Feb. 10th
      Pick me please. ;)
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    56. Daily entry
      2/10
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    57. Daily entry 2/11. Thanks!
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    58. Thanks for the great giveaway.

      Tony
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      Daily entry: 2.11.11

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    59. Would love to win!

      patricia dot mariani dot esq at gmail dot com

      Feb. 11, daily entry

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    60. Today's entry: Feb. 11.
      Sure want to win this one!

      rosita DOT p DOT mariani (at) gmail DOT com

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    61. Daily entry:
      thanks (:
      ejhtan at gmail dot com

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    62. tweet:
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    63. Daily entry
      2/11
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    64. daily entry
      thanks! (:
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    65. daily tweet:
      http://twitter.com/#!/tearyeyedstars/status/36368431200735232
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    66. Just want to win!
      patricia dot mariani dot esq AT gmail dot com
      Daily Entry/Feb. 12th

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    67. I might share this with my son if I win! ;)
      Tony
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    68. Daily entry 2/12.
      Thanks!
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    69. 2/12 Entry

      My fingers are still crossed for this one.
      rosita[dot]p[dot]mariani[at]gmail[dot]com

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    70. Daily entry
      2/12
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    71. Daily entry
      Thanks! (:
      ejhtan at gmail dot com

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    72. tweet:
      http://twitter.com/#!/tearyeyedstars/status/36713828959920128
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    73. Yet another day, yet another daily entry!
      patricia DOT mariani DOT mariani DOT esq AT gmail DOT com
      Daily entry 12/13

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    74. Today's entry 12/13 (tonyrosita[at]yahoo[dot]com)
      Sure hope I win this.

      Tony

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    75. Daily entry 2/13. Thanks!
      JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    76. Daily entry for Feb. 13:

      I <3 Steve and I know I'll <3 this book!

      rosita [dot] p [dot] mariani{at}gmail [dot] com

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    77. Thanks for the giveaway.

      lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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    78. Daily entry
      2/13
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    79. Still <3 Steve!
      rosita dot p dot mariani [at] gmail dot com
      Daily entry 2.14

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    80. Daily Entry 2/14

      Happy Valentines Day.

      Lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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    81. Just reread the blurb about the audio version that said Campbell Scott is the reader. (I guess it just didn't sink in when I first read it!) The AudioFile blurb writer thought that Scott did a wonderful job, even seeming to approximate Steve's voice. It struck me that Campbell Scott appeared with Steve in The Spanish Prisoner --- nice coincidence, kind of a "Six Degrees of Steve Martin"!

      daily entry: Feb. 14.

      patricia dot mariani dot esq at gmail dot com

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    82. Thanks. Daily entry 2.14
      Tony
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    83. Happy Valentine's Day!
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    84. Daily entry: Happy Valentines day!
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    85. tweet:
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    86. Daily entry
      2/14
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    87. I'm in this to win this!

      rosita dot p dot mariani at gmail dot com
      Daily entry, Feb. 15

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    88. Daily entry:
      Thank you! (:
      ejhtan at gmail dot com

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    89. tweet:
      http://twitter.com/#!/tearyeyedstars/status/37605426874814464
      ejhtan at gmail dot com

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    90. Today's entry comment/2.15

      Okay, let's get serious now, I want to win! :)
      Tony
      rositatony(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    91. Another day, another shot at winning this audio book!

      patricia dot mariani dot esq at gmail dot com

      daily entry Feb 15th

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    92. Lucky #99!
      Daily entry 2/15. Thanks!
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    93. Daily Entry 2/15

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    94. daily entry
      2/15
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    95. Another day, another comment!
      patricia dot mariani dot esq at gmail dot com
      daily entry 2/16

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    96. Daily Entry 2/16

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    97. Here's hoping the Steve prize is mine!
      rositatony(at)yahoo(dot)com
      Tony
      2/16

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    98. Daily entry 2/16. Thanks!
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    99. Daily entry 2/16
      Fingers crossed, still!
      rosita dot p dot mariani dot com

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    100. daily entry
      2/16
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    101. daily entry:
      Thanks!
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    102. tweet:
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    103. So very much want to win this!

      patricia dot mariani dot esq at gmail dot com

      Daily Entry 2/17

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    104. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!
      Tony
      rositatony(at)yahoo(dot)com
      my daily entry comment for today: Feb. 17.

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    105. Daily Entry 2/17

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    106. Daily entry
      Feb. 17th
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    107. Daily entry 2/17. Thanks!
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    108. Daily entry:
      Thanks! :D
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    109. tweet:
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    110. daily entry
      2/17
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    111. Coming down to the homestretch for Steve! I want to win!
      patricia dot mariani dot esq at gmail dot com
      Daily Entry Feb. 18th

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    112. Today's comment 02.18
      Tony
      rositatony(at)yahoo(dot)com
      Thanks for the chance to win this great audio book.

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    113. Daily entry 2/18. Thanks!
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    114. Steve really is The Man With Two Brains (literary and comic)!

      Daily entry 2/18
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      2/18
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    116. daily entry
      2/19
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    117. Daily entry 2/19. Thanks!
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    118. It's the homestretch! Fingers crossed for Steve!
      patricia dot mariani dot esq at gmail dot com
      daily entry Feb. 19th

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    119. Today's comment 2/19
      Tony
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    120. Thanks for the giveaway! Steve Martin, the author, hmmm..... I've never read anything by him before but if he's as good an author as he is an actor this book should be a winner. Count me in!

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    121. Tweeted giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/MamaHendo3/status/38981390846398464

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    122. Posted giveaway on FB: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=200733379952296&id=1336711064

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    123. Daily entry 2.19
      No more wild and crazy fooling around! I WANT TO WIN! ;)
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    124. daily entry!
      Last day O:
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    125. tweet:
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    126. ROSITA -- rosita.p.mariani


      ELIZABETH -- elizabeth.harkinson


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      Thanks to all who entered.


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