Train Tracks: Family Stories for the Holidays
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Train Tracks: Family Stories for the Holidays

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by Michael Savage
     
 

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In time for the holidays, a celebration of family, home, and tradition by the #1 New York Times bestselling author and superstar media personality

"Train Tracks contains stories of ordinary American men and women, each of whom is extraordinary."

The holidays. It's the time when families gather and reflect on the past year, to remember losses,

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In time for the holidays, a celebration of family, home, and tradition by the #1 New York Times bestselling author and superstar media personality

"Train Tracks contains stories of ordinary American men and women, each of whom is extraordinary."

The holidays. It's the time when families gather and reflect on the past year, to remember losses, to toast triumphs, to look forward to new beginnings. In the spirit of the season, beloved author and radio host Michael Savage's Train Tracks reminds us how every member of our family—in fact, each individual we encounter through time—contributes essential gifts to our life story.

In the title chapter, set in the early 1950s, Savage remembers the excitement and mystery of riding the train from New York's old Penn Station to rural Pennsylvania at the start of the holiday break. Drawn from Savage's own journey from poor immigrant's son to media stardom, these deeply personal true tales show us that even in today's homogenizing times, we are all charting a unique destiny as we journey through life.

Train Tracks is an instant holiday classic by an American original—a very special gift to be read and shared as we gather together.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This collection, not just of stories but also of topical essays and short reflections, takes readers from conservative radio host Savage's nostalgically recalled childhood in the 1940s and 1950s to his often sour opinions of the current state of the world. In his more charming moments, he remembers when cigarette ads were everywhere, cars resembled "the buxom women on the screens in theaters throughout America," and a pair of "electric blue saddle-stitched pants" was his most prized possession. Savage certainly has a knack for memorable images–a "geometry teacher in high school with only two fingers on his right hand"–and titles–"Fat Pat & Tippy the Dog." Less interesting when decrying today's "soul-deprived world" of "kids with their hats on backwards," elsewhere he's downright alienating to nearly every conceivable hue of political opinion, whether jabbing at America's use of military drones or taking aim at "liberal American 'Buddhists.'" Readers who know what they're in for with Savage, who once gleefully described himself as being "to the right of Rush and to the left of God," may be able to enjoy his skillful array of colorful characters and stories. (Nov.)
Brett M. Decker
"Vivid storytelling. ... Michael Savage is one of the most influential conservative voices in America."
Washington Post
“Savage recalls his childhood growing up in the Bronx. ... He’s got the knack for evocative detail, and this series of short vignettes features some indelible images, such as the immigrant father who, insisting that nothing be wasted, forced his son to wear dead men’s trousers.”
BRETT M. DECKER
“Vivid storytelling. ... Michael Savage is one of the most influential conservative voices in America.”
The New Yorker
“A marvelous storyteller.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062210845
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,153,483
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 7.24(h) x 0.96(d)

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Brett M. Decker

“Vivid storytelling. ... Michael Savage is one of the most influential conservative voices in America.”

Meet the Author

Millions admire Dr. Michael Savage for his clear-eyed view of American politics and culture. But regular listeners of his wildly popular radio show also know him as a riveting storyteller—a side he reveals to readers in Train Tracks.

The Michael Savage Show is the third most listened-to radio talk program in America, with more than ten million weekly listeners. Dr. Savage is the author of twenty-eight books, including seven New York Times bestsellers. He was awarded the coveted Freedom of Speech Award by Talkers Magazine in 2007. He holds master's degrees in medical botany and medical anthropology, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology and nutrition sciences from the University of California at Berkeley. He is an ardent conservationist, a dedicated family man, and an animal protector.

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Train Tracks: Family Stories for the Holidays 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Purplemadness50 More than 1 year ago
I listen to Dr. Savage on the radio. Some of his childhood stories are a great slice of how things were about 50 years ago. He has a great way of telling these stories. Unique slice of life kind of read. I hope you will read this book. I might just get this in hardback to add to my paper library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are a few holiday stories in this book, but it isn't about the holidays. It's about life! More specifically, about the challenge, wonder, discovery, failure, and success of an immigrant son growing up in 1950's America. And it's about the the quirky and incredible characters we all encounter throughout life and how they change us. This is Savage at his best. When it comes down to it, he is a storyteller, and a truly amazing one. That is why he has so many millions of radio listeners. Some stories I have heard before on the radio, but that doesn't bother me; I am very happy to hear them again and be able to pass them along for others to read.
TurboLink More than 1 year ago
Two things will usually get my attention – a picture of a vintage railroad steam engine in the snow and stories with a holiday theme. That’s how Michael Savage portrays his latest book. I used to listen to Michael Savage early mornings while driving to work, I sort of like his no-nonsense style, so this should be nice, to the point holiday-oriented stories. Well it’s not. In fact most of his stories, while making a typical Michael Savage point, are not even oriented in the holidays, but instead have darker themes of life’s many realities. In fact, while reading I was thinking the editors did not do a good job streamlining repetitive information. Then reading credits at the end, I discovered that just about everything, except the first chapter which actually talks about taking a train trip at Christmas, had been previously published in earlier Michael Savage books…which thankfully I had not read. It’s not so much that I didn’t like his stories and the points he made. In places they were very enlightening. It’s more that they are billed as holiday stories, and that they are not. It was almost like Howard Stern’s “Private Parts” without the ironic humor. They certainly aren’t stories I’d read to my grandchildren in front of our Christmas tree. I like Michael Savage’s ability to put a sentence and paragraph together to tell a story, but when you buy a book about trains and the holidays, you’d actually like to read about a train in the snow…and the holidays. I was very disappointed.
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"When ever you like." He smiles. "Have a nice evening."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*She smiles* you too doctor.*holds Quills hand and gies home*