This is a book calculated successfully soto hit America in the heart, to bring a smile to the lips and a lump to the throat. At the start, Today Show weatherman Scott confesses that he's a sucker for cheerleaders and marching bands, then interviews organizers of both. He goes on to ``working-class heroes,'' handicapped and phobic people who have beaten the odds, Christmas lights and trees, radio announcers, clowns and circuses, philanthropists (usually poor), immigrants who have succeeded and very old people. All of them, in Scott's perspective, are just grand and upbeat. Sophisticated readers may overdose on the book's down-home folksiness, but considering Scott's popularity on the tube, it should sell very well indeed. Photos. Literary Guild featured alternate; Doubleday Book Club alternate; author tour. (October 26)
Scott has spent almost 40 years with NBC, both on radio and TV. With his current role on the network's Today Show, he is a prominent national media personality. In this book Scott's patriotism shows in the brief portraits he gives of men, women, and children he has encounterd through his years representing NBC. Scott's accounts are divided into 12 sections, featuring individuals who have overcome handicaps, heroes of the working class, family groups, immigrants, etc. Scott provides a short introduction to each section, and writes of his ``neighbors.'' While Scott is no literary giant, his narrative is enjoyable and makes for excellent recreational reading. His selections are a true cross-section of Americana. Recommended for popular reading collections. Literary Guild featured alternate; Doubleday Book Club alternate. Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.