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on November 21, 2003
Michael Martone, a former resident of Fort Wayne is the author of Fort Wayne is Seventh on Hitler's List. A collection of short stories about the famous, and the not so famous, Indiana residents and the lives that they lead. Each story has many humorous facts, and confusing fiction intertwined to make this a very unique book.
There are 17 exceptional selections throughout the book, and each has a great plot, with complex characters that show amazing depth. There is one particular story that shows one man's compassion for another human being. Though there are not any names used, the personality of the main character in "Pieces" is apparent. He is a drifter, who sleeps in his car, and travels around the country cooking chicken for restaurants that are willing to buy his recipe. The story entails the journey of this man and a female hitch hiker. This short story as well as the others are well worth reading. As I stated before, the complexity of the characters in each short story are outstanding. In the story "Everybody Watching and the Time Passing Like That" it shows the impact on a teacher with the death of legend James Dean. The story of a widow, longing for her soldier to come home, clings for a certain closure in the story "Dear John." This is an exceptional book that not only entertains, but informs the readers as well.
Being a resident of Indiana, this book gave me a sense of pride. It seems as though the reader can travel from town to town with each story. As a resident from Indiana myself, the towns that are listed in each story are very familiar. Such as Santa Claus, French Lick, and Muncie, which are listed in the story "Three Postcards from Indiana." This is a wonderful book that any Hoosier should be proud to read.
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on May 19, 2014
A respected author mentioned this book saying it was the funniest book he had ever read. Based on that recommendation and its' interesting title I purchased it.
I think I have a dveloped sense of humor but I completely missed the humor, if any, in this book..
I have never heard anything about Ft. Wayne to contradict the impression that it is a small boring town. Always has been and I suspect that it always will be.. I read about half of it and gave up as it seemed to me to be a plotless exercise in writing..
The humor seems to begin and end with the title..

Fearless Fed
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on December 1, 2003
Michael Martone did a wonderful job when writing this book. He puts a lot of imaginative details into this writing. As you are reading the story seems to come alive. He adds many detailed and interesting details.
This book is composed of many short stories about Indiana. Martone adds some of the most different characters. In the story Fort Wayne is Seventh on Hitler's List, Martone talks about his grandfather and how he keeps many scrapbooks from the WWII era. Martone travels through the scrapbooks, and talks about all the pictures, but more importantly why his Grandfather was so obsessed with this era. In a way it seems that Martone himself becomes obsessed as well.
Over all, this book allows you to be creative and travel to a place where you may have never been before. It was an excellent read!
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