Friday, April 27, 2007

Booknote: Out of my mind

Rooney, Andy. Out of my mind. New York: Public Affairs, 2006. ISBN: 1-58648-416-8.

Genre: Nonfiction
Subgenre: Essays, humor.

Andy Rooney speaks out on just about every topic under the sun. From the simple details in life to politics and world events, Andy has something to say about it. He says it in a simple and plain manner. Those who watch him on 60 Minutes will certainly recognize the old curmudgeon here. His voice is just the same, so to speak. The book is basically a collection of short essays on various topics. I will give readers Andy's advice on how to read the book: it's like a buffet. Walk by it the first time with the empty plate just to see what is available. Then go back and take what you like, but don't take more than you can eat. This is the type of book that lends itself to skipping and browsing. You may agree with some things, and you may disagree with others. You may choose to skip something here or there, and that is ok too. For me, it was a good commute reading book since I could read bits and pieces with ease while commuting. If you are looking for a light read, this is it.

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