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Bermuda Shorts

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In clothing, Bermuda Shorts are a kind of casual formal wear - and in this collection of essays, Bermuda Shorts is the perfect metaphor for James J. Patterson's fundamentally serious but playful literary style. Patterson writes like the love child of Henry Miller and Mary Karr, with all the contradictions that implies -- a philosopher who thinks best over a glass of fine w ...more
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Published April 1st 2012 by Santa Fe Writer's Project (first published 2010)
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Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another great James Patterson book, haven't read one yet I didn't like, nice beach afternoon book.
Bermuda Shorts - James Patterson

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This is a mixed bag of essays on many subjects, obviously collected over a period of time. There are several rather repetitive essays dealing with his time as a musician. These selections touch on the politics and social climate of the 80’s and contain an ongoing rant against conservative viewpoints. (Not that I disagree with him, but he was ranting, not presenting an opposite viewpoint) Most of the essays are to some degree autobiographical and the best ar
Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it
This guy's a better thinker than he is a writer. Which is to say, he's got interesting stuff to say, but lets his defense of himself get in the way of him saying it effectively.

For example, there's this chapter about how after years of having season seats at a sporting event next to a guy who wouldn't talk to him, he breaks through the guy's reserve and they become big friends and huge talkers. THen the guy kills himself. And at the end of the piece, I have no idea what the two of them talked ab
Freda Mans-Labianca
There were parts I really liked, and others I found redundant. Let's start with redundant things and get the ugliness out of the way. There were three times in the book where it was not a short story, but only a title. While I enjoyed reading a clear headline, I was disappointed to turn the page and find another headline. There could have been something, anything.
For the good parts, there were two clear moments in the book I connected with enough to really absorb. They were That Was Then, This I
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Shelves: patterson
This is not a book of short stories, but a collection of essays on a variety of subjects. The first half of the book contains several autobiographical stories about the author's isolated childhood island summer home in Canada and about his time as a traveling musician as a young adult. It was interesting to gain insight into his life. But many of the other stories are sports essays and commentary on a variety of subjects. For the most part, I found the book dry reading and shelved it several tim ...more
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great collection of eclectic essays on life. Some are very personal and some universal.

I especially enjoyed Patterson's essays on sports. He captures what draws people to the communal experience of watching sports and the relationships that are made in the stands.

Definitely worth a read.
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Michele Stroba
Sep 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Love Patterson but didn't enjoy this book. I had a very hard time staying involved and ended up shelving it
Debra B.
Picked up this book at a local library used book sale. Thought it was a book of short stories, but it is a book of short essays. It held my interest. Author has a good sense of humor. I enjoyed it.
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