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The Banana Sculptor, the Purple Lady, and the All-Night Swimmer: Hobbies, Collecting, and Other Passionate Pursuits

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We Americans love to look at ourselves. How we vote, where we work, what we think about church and school -- studying ourselves is a national pastime. What has been missing in all this self-examination, until now, is a book about the greatest national obsessions of all: the hobbies we pursue, the collections and amateur sports to which we devote so much of our lives. "The ...more
Hardcover, 299 pages
Published March 26th 2002 by Simon & Schuster
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Rebecca
Aug 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
It's a book of stories about people with unusual collections, hobbies or other interests. Like any collection, there were some essays I found more interesting than others. I'm not really into sports, other than baseball, so the sports section wasn't appealing to me. I did enjoy the other essays, particularly Mr. Lauder, who collects postcards because they are beautiful, and the lady who bakes for the state fair. This book is good for reading in snippets; the essays are just long enough to be int ...more
Suzanne Cooper
Who could resist a title like that?! Read it over a length of time, each chapter is a new story. A look at all sorts of hobbies, collections, & other pursuits that people are passionate about, some bordering on obsession. Ordinary people who do unusual things. Interesting & amusing. Donated: Book Store 2018
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Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I recommend this book to young people wondering what they want to do with their lives as well as newly retired people asking the nearly the same question. The variety of people and hobbies portrayed insure that there is something here for any person.
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