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A Book of Ages: An Eccentric Miscellany of Great and Offbeat Moments in the Lives of the Famous and Infamous, Ages 1 to 100 Hardcover – September 23, 2008

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At age seven, ERIC HANSON read a biography of Kit Carson and has been interested in famous lives ever since. He grew up to be a writer and illustrator whose artwork has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Harper’s, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Travel & Leisure, and Gourmet, among other publications. His fiction and satire have been published in McSweeney’s.
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition first Printing edition (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307408949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307408945
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,293,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Hanson strings together bits and chunks of personal stories and history through the lives of writers, artists, politicians and others in our milieu. If you wonder about where are on on the path of life compared to others, if you love biographies but don't have time to read a full book... if you want to be entertained and learn something, buy this. You can pick it up and read it for 2 minutes, or read it cover to cover. "A Book of Ages" is a great gift!
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It's easy to feel like you haven't achieved much after reading through the first few years but it's also really inspiring as to what can still be accomplished...
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Mr. Hanson, and his book, as I said in my title, saved me from a mid-life crisis the day i turned 50 by revealing to me there was still time, that it's never too late. But this isn't a Pollyanish (spelling?) volume; not just about Grandma Moses starting to paint at 123. There are hilarious entries; the day/age when Freud first saw his mother naked, etc. It's also very sobering/realistic.......to realize that by my age Elvis Presley had already been dead for eight years. Thanks Eric, for an hilarious, realistic, inspiring, once in awhile saddening, but mostly just a good, realistic, side-splitting chronice/and introduction of evidence to all of us who wonder if we've peaked at age 50, 40, 20 or 7.
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I love miscellanies (miscellanae?)—lists, catalogs, taxonomies, field guides, etc. They offer a kind of non-narrative storytelling, a way of looking at the world that compels you to make the story, and bring the meaning? Reading ten pages of singular events in the lives of dozens of eleven year olds, or thirty year olds—Einstein, Van Gogh, George Plimpton, Typhoid Mary, etc.—explodes what it may mean to be eleven years old, or thirty years old.
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