The 60-Second Novelist: What 22,613 People Taught Me about Life

The 60-Second Novelist: What 22,613 People Taught Me about Life

by Dan Hurley
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The 60-Second Novelist: What 22,613 People Taught Me about Life by Dan Hurley

On Sunday, April 24, 1983, at about 2 p.m., I carried my 28 -pound 1953 Royal typewriter and a folding chair through the stiff wind of Chicago's Michigan Avenue, In front of the Old Water, Tower, I opened the folding chair, sat down with the typewriter in my lap and taped a sign to the back of it "60-Second Novels, Written While you Wait."

So begins the most original book in a generation—Dan Hurley's inspiring true tale of how he escaped his desk job to write the life: stories of over 22,613 people (and counting!), from Chicago to New York, in Iowa farmhouses, Midwestern, malls and California convenience stores. Hurley has listened as children and crack addicts, the homeless and the famous, poured out their confessions and a lifetime of wisdom. Now he shares the most incredible true stories he's heard (including the one from a pretty woman named Alice; whom he ended up marry­ing) and what they taught him about life, love, health, money and making dreams -come true. With over one hundred photographs and sixty of the original stories he wrote for Vanna White, Tom Brokaw and thousands of, other people you've never heard of You will laugh, cry, and feel as..though Dan packed you into his suitcase alongside his typewriter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757396885
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 207
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Dan Hurley is an award-winning writer, a former contributing editor of Psychology Today, and serves as a vice president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He is the creator of the #1 online writing-site, "Amazing Instant Novelist."

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60-Second Novelist: What 22,613 People Taught Me About Life 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dan, the book was great. Fun, fast,easy to Read. I enjoyed it so much I decided to give it out to family and friends as holiday and birthday gifts. My sister wrote back: 'You couldn't have given me anything better to read than this. I've always heard you talking about your 'boss' and now I see what he looks like too. I've just finished the book and I'm taking it to my fellowship meeting to show the ladies there. What a nice gift! Leave it to you to think of something like this!' Dee Other raves included: 'What? You think I can't choose books of my own? LOL. Good reading. Glad the choice was yours this time. :) Garison (who enjoyed having Mommy pick out a book for him -- it's been a long, long time. )' 'Thank you so much for sending me this book. Great pictures in here and the author sure has a way with words. I liked the short stories. Some of them made me cry (which is how you can tell how much I liked the book)' Bernice 'You say you work for this guy? This is a nice book. Really fast reading. And he seems like a really nice man. So...when are YOU going to get published? Just keep it short like this one. I know how long-winded you can get. (she says with a twinkle in her eye.)' Georgine (and Michelle who read it too!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mainly as I did not know it had come out until I saw it at a B&N store. Dan has done a great job putting together his stories. Of course one would expect it from Dan. Definately worth the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for this book to arrive, as I ordered it online. I went out and purchased it, I LOVED it, thanks Dan!!! ((((((((((HUGS))))))
Guest More than 1 year ago
.....Oh wait. That's his NEXT book. I found The 60-Second Novelist to be very real, and easy to relate to. Dan's gentle psychological approach to people brims with humor, yet gets to the point. It is good storytelling, yet a unique take on very real people and situations. The spontaneity factor makes it all the better. And though I am partial to Dan's Evil Twisted Twin and his absurdist humor, I do enjoy Dan's warm and fuzzy side. I found the biographical element of the book to be especially fascinating.Dan followed his dream of being a writer, and set up his Remington on a Chicago street, eventually creating a wonderful success story. 'Just DO it!' his behavior seems to encourage us. It is difficult for me to choose a favorite story from The 60 Second Novelist. I especially enjoyed the romantic stories (Donna's Dream Lover, Walk Along The Ocean)and the absurdist (I Like Eyes, The Reclamation, Fly By Night Monkeys). In the book design, I really liked the copies of Dan's original stories, typos and corrections included, peppered throughout. But two questions remain. Who will play Dan in The Dan Hurley bio-pic? I suggest that we take a poll. And when is his next book coming out?!