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The often controversial Rooney here picks on such easy targets as the decline of romance, dull textbooks, the U.S. postal service, the dearth of good conversation, unwanted Christmas gifts and the Miss America contest. "These calculatedly curmudgeonly pieces touch on phenomena with which almost everybody can identify," remarked PW. 100,000 first printing.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This is the latest collection of essays by columnist and 60 Minutes correspondent Rooney. These one- and two-page essays, written in a light-hearted tone and offering sensible values--Rooney's hallmarks--are less formulaic than in his past books the most recent being Word for Word, LJ 2/1/87-- Ed. , but still seem similar and predictable when read collectively. The best piece is the preface, which lists 100 opinions that put Rooney's popular, often insightful sentiments in a nutshell. A small weakness is his criticism of incorrect word usage in one essay while misusing "disinterested" and "wherefore" in others. Missing here are any of the more serious pieces which have provided depth and balance to previous works. Rooney's work appeals to a broad audience, and like his past books, this one should be quite popular. Recommended.
- Annie Davis, Technology Training Assocs., Cambridge, Mass.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I'd give it a 6 if I could. I like his style because I think the things he wrote about in this book really happened to him and not in the abstract. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by 1934
easy and fun to read ! I would definitely recommend it for people to have a copy in their homePublished on February 5, 2013 by jennifer