Good People... from an Author's Life

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"I had the great good fortune to be reared in a cocoon of goodness." So begins acclaimed author Jon Hassler's memoir, Good People, a nostalgic look at the virtue of goodness. Based on those characters, fictional and real, who played a significant role in his life, Hassler's newest book reveals how our understanding of goodness is formed by the people who surround us.

Fans of Hassler and his work will no doubt delight in these sketches of the many good people who accompanied him ...

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Overview

"I had the great good fortune to be reared in a cocoon of goodness." So begins acclaimed author Jon Hassler's memoir, Good People, a nostalgic look at the virtue of goodness. Based on those characters, fictional and real, who played a significant role in his life, Hassler's newest book reveals how our understanding of goodness is formed by the people who surround us.

Fans of Hassler and his work will no doubt delight in these sketches of the many good people who accompanied him on his journey through life and warmed his heart. The varied cast of characters includes Hassler's parents, boyhood friends, relatives, colleagues, and even the fictional characters he has created in his many years as a writer. Like his other books, Good People will be enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life.

About the Author:
Jon Hassler is an award-winning author of eleven novels, two story collections, and three plays. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife. He has been writing for more than thirty years and is currently working on a novel, a children's book, and a book of stories.

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Chicago Tribune
Good People provides enduring lessons from an author's life that, like his fiction, reveal the complexity and ambiguity that come from astute human understanding.
Publishers Weekly
"I had the great good fortune to be reared in a cocoon of goodness," begins novelist Jon Hassler (Staggerford) in Good People... from an Author's Life, a memoir of the people who most impressed him with their kindness. Beginning with family members and running through childhood and adult friends and even characters from his novels, Hassler explores many permutations of goodness, its difficulties, complexities and many of its particular attributes: "It's a characteristic of anyone growing up in a happy household, I've found, this ability to wring every possible remark out of an unremarkable topic." Funny, wise and warm-hearted, this tribute will delight anyone looking for a pick-me-up or a reminder of why it pays to be kind. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829416367
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 379,438
  • Product dimensions: 5.21 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2002

    Food for thought....

    Just an excellent book that stays with you.Hassler's memories are touching, as is his outlook on the past. The anecdotes about J.F.Powers are amusing. If you are looking for an insight into a writer's life that is homespun, human, and uplifting, this is the book.

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