The Guinness Book of Me: A Memoir of Record
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The Guinness Book of Me: A Memoir of Record

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Pogo Stick Jumping. The greatest number of jumps achieved is 105,338 by Michael Barban in 18 hours on September 12, 1978, in Florissant, Missouri. Scott Spencer...of Wilmington, Delaware, covered 6 miles in 6 1?2 hours in September 1974.-- Guinness Book of World Records, Giant 1980 Super-Edition

In this wildly imaginative memoir about an oversized midwestern boy's obsession...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 22nd 2005 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2005)
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Abe Brennan
In an early review of Steve Church’s book, one critic, while giving it overall decent marks, ruminates at length on the author’s note, musings charged with skepticism, concern—even alarm—at implications he thinks the note points to—he goes so far as to question whether the death of Church’s brother actually happened (the line, “This is not a book of fact. This is a story,” really freaks him out). He needn’t have taken umbrage at Church’s cavalier dismissal of objectivity, however: the note merel...more
Bridget
Aug 08, 2008 Bridget rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
When I began reading this book I thought, great, a book about boys and men--not my thing. But, as I continued I realized this is a text about struggling through the difficulties of life, via the body, loss, or feeling other in general. Steve Church does an amazing job, through simple language and sentence contruction, that makes the reader feel like he is in the room telling the story to her. To me, that's the best kind of writing. I didn't have to work to be in the story, I just was. In additio...more
Jane
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I didn’t know about the threats Dad faced. He practically forbade pessimism, insisting with zealot-like authority that everyone be happy- or at least act happy-and his philosophy made sense given the kind of world we were growing up in. We were pretty good at the whole happiness thing. But when I wandered alone in the house those early mornings, before the sun came up I sniffed this lingering scent of something buried beneath the surface- secrets never shared, fear never recognized, or l...more
Susannah
I just adore this quirky memoir about his childhood obsession with the Guinness Book of World Records by Steven Church. His voice so wry and engaging, and the depth of his insight into the complexities lurking behind the day-to-day routine of family relationships is as subtle as it is eloquent. Highly recommended.
John Beynon
Touching account of a young man fascinated with the Guinness Book of World Records. GB of World Record setters shape this memoir as Church recounts his youth and family life in the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains.
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