Read 340 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A less-sophisticated writer would be satisfied to let that story tell itself, but Weingarten braids in other strands: medical history, the politics of transplantation, the familiar-seeming details of young love gone tragically wrong and, finally, the life of the patient in the aftermath of receiving her complicated gift. And also it was all okay in the end because the son of the abuser, Bobby Ryan, through watching the abuse of his mother, supposedly gained skills that supposedly contributed to him becoming a professional hockey player. Recommended.
& There was some merit to this book. The result is basically a collection of real-life short stories with that date in common. After setting some parameters so the date was not too far in the past to find people to interview nor too recent he plucked a random day out of a hat and wound up with December 28, 1986. I was on Christmas break during my kindergarten school year….probably high off Christmas, waiting for New Year’s. Weingarten wanted the date far back enough in history that he could see further developments, but he didn’t want it so far back that there would be nobody left to interview.
The story follows... To see what your friends thought of this book, One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America. He found events all around the country that occurred on that day and investigated and interviewed the people involved. This is abundantly evident in a chapter that starts with a fatal house fire in Falls City, Neb., in which a prevailingly nonheroic young man attempts an act of heroism. ), the only two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, notes at the beginning that only one of his previous books has “even approached commercial success.” After setting some parameters so the date was not too far in the past to find people to interview nor too recent he plucked a random day out of a hat and wound up with December 28, 1986. “Any journalist can tell you that Sunday is the slowest news day of the week, and what little news there is often goes under-reported by skeleton newsroom staffs,” Weingarten writes. A man who shot his ex-girlfriend in the head five times was described as “loving her too hard.” Another man who viciously tortured his wife for over an hour, sending her to the hospital in critical condition, was described as being part of a “love story,” because his wife decided to get back together with him eventually. NONFICTION: A storyteller digs into a random 24 hours in America.
His controlling and abusive behavior prior to the beating (secretly recording his wife so he could monitor his conversations) was excused because he was super into hockey and, well, “he was kind of a scummy guy”. Sandstrom is a writer and illustrator in Cleveland and a former book editor at the Plain Dealer.
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