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The banana sculptor, the purple lady, and the all-night swimmer : hobbies, collecting, and other passionate pursuits

Author: Susan Sheehan; Howard B Means
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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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 Banana Sculptor, the Purple Lady, and the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Sheehan; Howard B Means
ISBN: 0743201221 9780743201223
OCLC Number: 49407923
Description: 299 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Artful Expressions --
Doug Fishbone: Lots of Bananas --
James Pettus: Essential Natures --
Robin Tarbell-Thomas: To the Fair --
Ann and Sam Ritter: To Fly --
Leonard Lauder: The Beauty of Small Things --
Thrill of the Chase --
Alexandra Stafford: Food of Life --
David Hanschen: On the Road Again --
Barry Popik: First Words --
Cathy Henderson: Buried Treasures --
Henry Sakaida: The Go-Between --
Going to Extremes --
Gig Gwin: Wordly Riches --
Jim Dreyer: Far Shores --
Peter Holden: Macs Without End --
Marietta Phillips: Bossing Around --
Roger Swicegood: Song of Myself --
Pleasures Small and Large --
Cathy Runyan: Got Her Marbles --
Peggy Dickson: Bird Brains --
Harry Kloman: Matters of Fact and Fiction --
Judy Konnerth: Two by Two --
Steve Spreckelmeier: All Steamed Up --
Patricia Corrigan: "Thar She Blows!" --
Motion Pictures --
Lisa Ball: Snow Job --
Steve Everett: Blade Runner --
Mike Gaines: Hot into the Corner --
Jim Murphy: Call of the Wild --
Callings --
Jerry Traufler: Masterwork --
Walter Pforzheimer: I, Spy --
Claire Miller: Family Ties --
Ted Furey: For God and Man and Old Ireland --
Rose Kramer: Spinning Yarns --
The Sporting Life --
Tom Blake: Tiger! Tiger! Burning Bright --
Robert Strupp: Good Deals --
Kim Eisler: Odds-on Favorite --
Larry Kahn: Tiddly Wonks --
Matt Dodyk: Holing Out --
Passionate Pursuits --
John Sylvester Jr.: The Things We Die for --
Sonia Young: Color Me Purple --
Claudia Perry: Love of the Game --
Daniel Chapin: Route Man --
Don Betty: Crossover Artist.
Responsibility: Susan Sheehan and Howard Means.
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Swimming the Great Lakes, growing bonsai trees, hunting big game, carving the Last Supper, spinning, skating, sculling, and baking are just some of the serious hobbies of the people portrayed in this  Read more...

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Christopher Buckley You could take up a strange hobby, or sit back and revel in this fascinating book about other people's. Me, I'm headed for the armchair with this nifty book.

 
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