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Product Details

  • Series: View From
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; 1st edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762727322
  • ASIN: B001QCX710
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,145,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[This book] embraces the mundane, everyday things that make us laugh, weep or pound the table in frustration."
--Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator, #1 New York Times best-selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul ® and co-author, The One Minute Millionaire

From the Back Cover

Into everyone's life comes laughter and tears, happiness and heartbreak. It's no different whether you live in Kansas or Kathmandu. Within these pages columnist David Chartrand sees through the lens of the American Heartland, looking at everyday people living life with everyday grace. In prose remarkable for its warmth, humor, and compassion, Chartrand illuminates relationships between father and son, dog and master, husband and wife, friend and friend. It is through these stories of triumph and tragedy that we clearly recognize and celebrate the exceptional gift of the "everyday" life.

More About the Author

DAVID V. CHARTRAND

DAVID CHARTRAND ("VIEW FROM THE HEARTLAND") IS NOT -- AND HAS NO CONNECTION TO -- THE OTHER DAVID CHARTRAND AUTHOR WHO WRITES EROTICA.

The humor and commentary of David Chartrand have appeared in publications throughout North America. His essays on families, children, education, and health issues are distributed to daily newspapers by Universal Press Syndicate as well as by his own distribution company.

His Web site is www.davidchartrand.com. Email him at dvc@davidchartrand.com or davchart@mac.com

David is the author of, "A View from the Heartland" (2003, Globe-Pequot Press), a collection of stories and essays about midwestern families and the resiliency of the human spirit.

He currently is completing work on a work of narrative nonfiction that examines attitudes toward mental illness in successful, middle-class communities.

In 2002, David received a First Place Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He is a member of the national Freedom of Information Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator of the CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL book series, says that David Chartrand's writing "embraces the mundane, everyday things that make us laugh, weep or pound the table in frustration."

David's 1994 essay, "A Father's Letter to Santa" was included in CHICKEN SOUP: A CHRISTMAS TREASURY, where the publishers cited it as among the most memorable Christmas essays of all time.


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Truly delightful and a treasure to be discovered by others!
Daniel J. Gardner
It made me laugh, it made me cry and made me feel every emotion in between.
Lauri Orscheln
Will probably read it again to make sure I didn't miss anything.
jft

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mickey Lathingham on September 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book showed up on the "new books" table at the bookstore so I bought it. The cover is beautiful. I took it home and started reading it. I didn't get halfwaythrough it before I found myself crying. It reminded me of the things my own family has been through. The writing is so smooth and tender. Not sure who David Chartrand is, but I think this book may make him famous. AT least he's gonna be famous around my neibhorhood. -- ML
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Gardner on December 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Truly delightful and a treasure to be discovered by others! There are few things which can be said, to really encompass the warm feeling David Chartrand's book gives the reader.

A few months back I met Mr. Chartrand's neice as she returned from Australia to the city where her family had done the majority of their growing up, Omaha. She happened to pass on his book to me after a few family conversations we had. As we all know in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you don't get to sit down and enjoy a good book as often as you'd like, but when you do find one, a real gem, you can't put it down -- that's how it was with Mr. Chartrand's work. I just wanted to write a note of thanks and admiration to Mr. Chartrand for putting a piece of himself and his family out there for the world to read and relate to, and somehow find a connection they may have lost along the way of growing up.

On a personal level, due to the fact that my parents were in the military, I was born overseas, and my family has moved frequently throughout our lives, never settling in a city where there was any of our extended family, but, for most of our lives, it has been Midwestern cities none the less, cities with people and situations that are very much the heart of Mr. Chartrand's book. In reading this book, I truly remembered all of the little things that made growing up around these parts so special, and why it was so great to be a part of families from the Midwest, with Midwestern values and ideologies. Now that I am grown and on my own, I still remain in close contact with my parents and siblings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jft on December 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
...so many thoughtful stories and so many similar connections for those of us who have grown up in the Midwest. Will probably read it again to make sure I didn't miss anything.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Everyone has a friend from one of the big Catholic Midwestern families the author immerses us in within this book -- families held together by a quiet, hard-working father and a magnetic, high-strung mother and brothers and sisters with loyalties so strong that it's hard for outsiders to fully understand them, let alone penetrate the circle. Chartrand gives us a peek inside in this warm and wistful collection of essays, eschewing gross sentimentality but never concealing the fact that in spite of his welcome humor, his heart is sewn securely on his sleeve. An easy read well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JM on September 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful Christmas gift for my girlfriends who once lived in the Heartland and have since moved away to various parts of the US. So many stories in this book have similarities of what my life was like growing up in the Midwest. I highly recommend this book. You will love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerry in Richmond on October 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is truly a wonderful and heartwarming book. I believe that it's misnamed, though. Instead of "A View From the Heartland", Mr. Chartrand's book should simply be called "A View From the Heart." Through a series of vignettes regarding his family intermixed with a number of very funny pieces, David Chartrand has the ability to have the reader crying on one page and laughing out loud just a few pages later. I'm not even remotely from the Midwest (or the Middle West, either), but I was able to relate to almost everything Mr. Chartrand writes about, and to thoroughly enjoy those things to which I could not personally relate. His love of family and traditional values transcends regional boundaries, and give us much to consider and much to strive for. Growing up in the Northeast, I knew families like the Chartrands. But, having read this book, I wish the Chartrands had been my neighbors and friends. Regardless of where you're from, Mr. Chartrand's book will evoke fond memories and raise our consciousness of the importance of family. And, when you're not waxing nostalgic, you'll be laughing out loud!
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