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This book is highly entertaining, but it also provides significant insight into contemporary life in America. Caudron reveals why people are indulging in their fanatical passions, and how that indulgence is transforming community life.
|Publisher:||Barricade Books, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.54(w) x 8.05(h) x 0.89(d)|
About the Author
Her first book, a collection of essays titled What Really Happened, was a regional bestseller and a finalist in the humor category for the 2005 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards. Her work has also been anthologized in The Thong Also Rises and The Fourth Genre.
In August, an excerpt from Who Are You People? received the Christine White Award for excellence in Literary Journalism from Goucher College.
Caudron lives in Denver, CO.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'll be honest..when this book arrived in my mailbox, I wasn't overly excited about reading it. You know that old saying 'don't judge a book by its cover?' Well, I didn't do that exactly, in fact I think the cover is interesting in this case. I did however, judge the book by its subtitle. 'A Personal Journey Into the Heart of Fanatical Passion in America.' Oh. Swell. I think I was supposed to read this is a sociology class in college or something.. All that said, imagine my surprise when after reading the first few pages I wasn't miserably bored. Not only was I not miserably bored, I was sincerely entertained. Mental note to self, never judge a book by its subtitle. The author, Shari Caudron, is sharp--she's intelligent, witty and borderline sarcastic, and as a result the stories she shares in her book made me smile. Shari felt she had no passion in her life. All around her she noticed fanatically obsessed people and wondered why she didn't have a passion of her own. She set out on a journey to discover who these people were, and what exactly it was that made them tick. Her book details hobbies such as collecting Barbie dolls, board gaming, pigeon racers and of course the imfamous trekkers. Over the course of three years she ventures around the county to meet these people and experience their passions first hand. The result is this book which made me laugh and shake my head in amusement, for I too have witnessed these people in their elements. This book is about the quirkiness of our fellow Americans, and its an entertaining subject to read about. My suggestion to the author though..maybe rethink that subtitle.