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by Howard Means,Susan Sheehan

Category: Mental Health
Subcategory: Health, Diets and Fitness
Author: Howard Means,Susan Sheehan
ISBN: 1416575200
ISBN13: 978-1416575207
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 24, 2007)
Pages: 304
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From Publishers Weekly. Lots of people have hobbies golf, knitting, collecting baseball cards but the subjects of this lively oral history have bypassed the obvious pursuits.

It's a book of stories about people with unusual collections, hobbies or other interests. Like any collection, there were some essays I found more interesting than others. I'm not really into sports, other than baseball, so the sports section wasn't appealing to me. I did enjoy the other essays, particularly Mr. Lauder, who collects postcards because they are beautiful, and the lady who bakes for the state fair. This book is good for reading in snippets; the essays are just long enough to be int It's a book of stories about people with unusual collections, hobbies or other.

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Hobbies, Collecting, and Other Passionate Pursuits. By Susan Sheehan and Howard Means. Fishbone has conjured up other projects he would like to try, closer to home. He would like to spend a week from 9:00 . in a Plexiglas tank in the middle of Grand Central Terminal, reading. I'd be at leisure while all around the train depot people would be scurrying around.

Susan Sheehan (née Sachsel; born August 24, 1937) is an Austrian-born American writer. 2002 The Banana Sculptor, the Purple Lady, and the All-Night Swimmer: Hobbies, Collecting, and Other Passionate Pursuits (co-written with Howard Means). Warren, James (1990-04-15). The remarkable Sheehans: 2 Pulitzer prize winners, a good marriage, some tortuous times". Retrieved 2010-06-02.

By Susan Sheehan and Howard Means. It's forced me to become very resourceful," he says.

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2002 The Banana Sculptor, the Purple Lady, and the All-Night Swimmer: Hobbies, Collecting, and Other Passionate Pursuits (co-written with Howard Means). She is the wife of journalist Neil Sheehan, who also won a Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam in 1989. Sheehan and her husband live in Washington, D. .

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The Banana Sculptor, the Purple Lady, and the All-Night Swimmer: Hobbies, Collecting, and Other Passionate Pursuits by Susan Sheehan, Howard Means. 35,000 first printing. Author: Susan Sheehan, Howard Means Title: The Banana Sculptor, the Purple Lady, and the All-Night Swimmer: Hobbies, Collecting, and Other Passionate Pursuits. Related pdf/epub/fb2 books: Bonsai by Peter Chan.

We Americans love to look at ourselves. How we vote, where we work, what we think about church and school -- studying ourselves is a national pastime. What has been missing in all this self-examination, until now, is a book about the greatest national obsessions of all: the hobbies we pursue, the collections and amateur sports to which we devote so much of our lives.The Banana Sculptor, the Purple Lady, and the All-Night Swimmer chronicles the amazing variety of ways in which we relax, compete with others and ourselves, and indulge some of our richest fantasies. Here are wonderfully warm and witty accounts of Americans as they: attempt to swim all the Great Lakes, often in horrible conditions; quit a job and begin raising sheep to accommodate a newfound passion for spinning; eat at every McDonald's in the nation; carve The Last Supper from wood; cross all the world's suspension bridges; build huge banana sculptures; roller blade, scull, and bake; and collect marbles, Noah's arks, talking birds, and much more. In these pages you'll meet a marvelous array of ordinary people who do unusual things, sometimes to extremes, as they define for themselves worlds of imagination, contest, and excellence. These are people who thrill to the chase and sometimes plain wear themselves out having fun, whether it's flying kites as big as a king-size mattress, canoeing in the Canadian wilderness, or meticulously recording the daily details of their everyday existence.In Working, Studs Terkel gave us an unforgettable oral history of the working life of an earlier generation. The Banana Sculptor, the Purple Lady, and the All-Night Swimmer is a history for our own times -- of the passionate pursuits by which so many of us define ourselves and of the universal search for happiness and a sense of fulfillment.Maybe you'll find yourself in the forty people profiled here. Maybe you'll find a hobby that you'll want to make your own. Either way, your life is likely to be enriched, just as the lives of the people you will read about are enriched by the depth of their commitment and the beauty of their accomplishments.
Comments to eBook The Banana Sculptor, the Purple Lady, and the All-Night Swimmer: Hobbies, Collecting, and Other Passionate Pursuits
Amerikan_Volga
I was amazed at the quality of this book. It looked like it had been read maybe once. I will look to buy more used books in the future.
Mala
Not what I was expecting
Kare
This is indeed a book about people who are stranger than fiction. The author interviews people who have unusual hobbies and have gone over to the far side of hobby land. Nevertheless, they are happy and not locked up in an insane asylum. Each chapter is about a different individual. Some amazing stories... one man for example swims across the great lakes. Another reunites American and Japanese World War II veterans who fought against each other.

The authors also talks about how they met the various people in the book and maps out the social network of friendships. Often very funny, weird, and amazing. After reading the book you'll start thinking of the people you know who would be perfect for the sequel or if you're really lucky, perhaps yourself.
Frostdefender
I loved this book! It's a fascinating mix of "real life" stories of the passions of down-to-earth and "regular" people who have intriguing obsessions. Reading it is like joining a secret society or club or meeting a new group of wild friends whose lives are the richer for (as the Banana Sculptor himself puts it) the need "to dream."
This book could be called "American Eccentrics" for its wonderful range of characters - from the tiddly wink competitor to the inveterate garage saler to the sculler and the skater and the card shark. The authors are the best kind of good listeners and interviewers - they stay out of the way and let the enthusiasts speak for themselves, about the magic of baking or bonsai and how the soul and spirit factor into swimming all night or collecting pre-cancelled stamps.
A great one-of-a-kind summer/beach book, and a terrific anytime gift!
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