RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 49407923 LA English T1 The banana sculptor, the purple lady, and the all-night swimmer : hobbies, collecting, and other passionate pursuits A1 Sheehan, Susan,, Means, Howard B., PB Simon & Schuster PP New York YR 2002 SN 0743201221 9780743201223 AB "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 Banana Sculptor, the Purple Lady, and the All-Night Swimmer chronicles the amazing variety of ways in which we relax, compete with others and ourselves, and indulge some of our richest fantasies. Here are wonderfully warm and witty accounts of Americans as they: attempt to swim all the Great Lakes, often in horrible conditions; quit a job and begin raising sheep to accommodate a newfound passion for spinning; eat at every McDonald's in the nation; carve The Last Supper from wood; cross all the world's suspension bridges; build huge banana sculptures; roller blade, scull, and bake; and collect marbles, Noah's arks, talking birds, and much more."--Jacket.