He was a midwestern boy on his own

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Atheneum, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 333 pages
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Bob Greene walks Main Street, USA. The astonishing people he meets, the places he goes, and the things he sees are the subjects of his popular syndicated column, collected here in a volume of the very best of Bob Greene. Whether he's writing about the man who wrote the hit song "Louie Louie," the bizarre meeting between Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley, the inventor who changed baseball, or the father and son whose annual one-on-one basketball shoot-out is a symbol of their love and of time's passage, Bob Greene shares stories in which we see ourselves. Filled with great empathy and insight that will evoke tears of laughter and sadness, these pieces are vintage Bob Greene, to be enjoyed and savored time and again.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Another greatly engaging collection of Greene's Chicago Tribune and Esquire columns. As before (Cheeseburgers, 1985, etc.), Greene roams America in search of the humorous, the poignant, the nostalgic ... Read full review

He was a midwestern boy on his own

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Columnist Greene acknowledges in his new collection that he does not attempt to unravel the mysteries of momentous global events. Instead, he plies the waters of the mundane, relating the stories he ... Read full review


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About the author (1991)

Bob Greene is a syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune. His book topics have included politics, basketball, and rock and roll; he toured with Alice Cooper to get the background for Billion Dollar Baby (1974). His books are often a collection of his newspaper columns, covering a wide range of topics with interesting portraits of both everyday people and celebrities, but sometimes focus on his own reactions to life's changes. The rediscovery of his old high school diary resulted in Be True to Your School: A Diary of 1964 (1987). Turning age 50 led to his The Fifty Year Dash: The Feelings, Foibles, and Fears of Being Half-a-Century Old (1997). Greene was born in 1947 and lives in Illinois with his wife, Susan, and their daughter Amanda, who provided the inspiration for his book Good Morning, Merry Sunshine: A Father's Journal of His Child's First Year (1984).

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