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Original Essays | July 24, 2014

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The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team by Wayne Coffey
The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

Lagniappe believer, January 7, 2013

Do you remember how the goose bumps ran wild up and down your spine when you watched this epic game? Wayne Coffey allows you to reexperience those wonderful, heart-swelling moments and compels you to look deeper at the coach and the young men who embraced an audacious dream and made it reality. Their achievement has been called the greatest sports triumph of the Twentieth Century. If you think that such a bold statement must be hyperbole, read this book. It is a stirringly fitting tribute to a commitment and achievement that shines ever brighter with age and can only be called a miracle.
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Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
Notes from a Small Island

Lagniappe believer, August 5, 2012

With the London Olympic Games in full swing, I'm beginning to plan that trip to London, which I've wanted to take for several years. Bill Bryson's travelog is simply hilarious, but also well written. As an American baby boomer, who lived in London and Yorkshire for more than 20 years and married a British lady, Bryson's perspective is both loving and learned. After having read his wonderful "A Walk In the Woods," I'm convinced that there is no subject whose funny side he can't reveal. As much a love letter to his adopted Merry Old England (which he was preparing to leave, to return to America to live with his family, when he wrote this travel tribute), Bryson employs all the Twain-like humorist's tools, which he honed at a major London newspaper, to keep the reader glued to the pages that he can't turn quickly enough! Bryson spends much of his time herein on the famous Brit Rail trains (and busses), but he brings to life the cities and other places he chooses to visit, many outside the average American tourist's itenerary, in a fashion that will appeal to anyone planning a visit to the countries of the Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. As one reviewer's comments on the dust jacket warns, however, this is not a book that the reader should embrace in public, lest his snorting and laugh-out-loud guffawing put him in danger of being shown the door!
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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
A Confederacy of Dunces

Lagniappe believer, January 1, 2012

This wonderful and quintessential novel of New Orleans may be the funniest book ever written! You will need to laugh out loud, so do not try to read it in a library.
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