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Uh-Oh

Uh-Oh

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by Robert Fulghum
     
 

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"Uh-oh" is more than a momentary reaction to small problems. "Uh-oh" is an attitude — a perspective on the universe. The #1 Bestseller by the author of ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN.

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"Uh-oh" is more than a momentary reaction to small problems. "Uh-oh" is an attitude — a perspective on the universe. The #1 Bestseller by the author of ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lay philosopher Fulghum offers advice in the same easygoing mode as All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten et al.; a Literary Guild selection and a 20-week PW bestseller in cloth. Author tour. (Sept.)
Library Journal
The author of the bestselling All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten ( LJ 10/1/88) and It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It ( LJ 10/1/88) has put together another volume of bite-sized inspirational whimsies. Drawn from his experiences as a child, as a preacher, and from everyday life, Fulghum's eye-opening (although never moralistic or preachy) anecdotes are written in a comfortable and unpretentious style, giving one the homey feeling of sitting on grandpa's porch on a lazy Sunday afternoon sipping iced tea. Some of the essays are reminiscent of Garrison Keillor, flavored with a bit of Norman Vincent Peale. In any case, it is worth taking the time to appreciate simple pleasures and human kindness in today's hectic and stress-filled world. Fulghum's book is one way to get started. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/91.-- Susan Brombacher, ``Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality''
Kirkus Reviews
Fulghum offers a disclaimer at the outset of this collection of new essays: "Nothing definitive is intended on any subject. In fact, I am deliberately depending on your adding your thoughts and experiences....The book will not work without your taking significant responsibility for it." Uh-oh. Sounds like the Fulghum machine is running out of steam—and the ensuing pages read like it, too. Like the offerings in the megaselling It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It (1989) and All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (1988), these rambling conversational musings resemble notes for homilies by a puckish minister (which Unitarian Fulghum has been) who likes to tweak his congregants without making anyone uncomfortable. There are a few relatively mind-opening anecdotes here (a juggler at a Christmas Eve service whose equipment was stolen but who nonetheless managed to wow the audience by juggling illusions; a prized cigar of the author's, laid down for a moment and picked up by an elderly passerby who savored it so thoroughly that Fulghum says, "The old man may have smoked it, but I've not enjoyed a cigar more"). A school play of Cinderella in which a little fat boy who insisted on playing a pig (nonexistent in the script) steals the show, weddings and funerals relieved of their deadly solemnity by inappropriate bodily noises, the author's decision to liven up a dumpy day by eating Cheerios and jellybeans and walking to his office wearing his granddaughter's beanie copter—the trademark Fulghum themes are here as well, but the charm seems thinner, the sentimentality thicker, and the writing slacker. At his best, Fulghum's simple verities and undemanding spiritualityhave made him a brand-name remedy for our age's malaise. This is not his best, but the placebo effect will probably carry it to best-sellerdom. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for September.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804111898
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1993
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
531,619
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Uh-Oh 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fulghum writes with ease and fluidity, as if he is telling you stories by a campfire. I especially enjoyed the chapter on picking your battles, wherein he says something like a lump in your oatmeal, a lump in your throat, and a lump in your breast are completely different things, the trick is to know the difference. I thought that was pivotal in understanding life's ups and downs. I couldn't put this book down, a very easy and entertaining read. This book is enjoyable, something you can skip around in and read over and over again for some insight or just a laugh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book immensely. Some parts are very healing for the soul. If for no other reason Fulghum's chapter about God was absolutely brilliant. It was thought- provoking and very funny at times. Marilyn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not in my power. I meant things like no puzzle or something.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lay on a table barley any clothes on me. WHO WATS SOME!!?? NAH ILL KILL U FIRST
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I sit down and wait
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Published in 1991, Mr. Fulghum correctly predicted a noble prize winner.. he also made me laugh very loudly at 2am in a very quite campground, chuckle quietly to myself on the public bus, and think twice about how lumpy life can be. Glad I decided to read this book again after 11 years. Howard made me do it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't read many books because they are not able to hold my attention, but this book was a different story. The author of this book, Robert Fulghum, did a great job putting this book together in a way that held my attention because it never got old. Every section in this book was a different story that was easy to relate to. To me it seemed like every story had a lesson to be learned and for that reason I would highly recommend it to anyone that has a mature outlook on life.