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Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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"I had an unusually large-sized head, though this was not uncommon for a baby in the Midwest. The craniums in our part of the country were designed to leave a little extra room for the brain to grow in case one day we found ourselves exposed to something we didn't understand, like a foreign language, or a salad."
Michael Moore-Oscar-winning filmmaker, bestselling author, the nation's unofficial provocateur laureate-is back, this time taking on an entirely new role, that of his own meta-Forrest Gump.
Breaking the autobiographical mode, he presents twenty-four far-ranging, irreverent, and stranger-than-fiction vignettes from his own early life. One moment he's an eleven-year-old boy lost in the Senate and found by Bobby Kennedy; and in the next, he's inside the Bitburg cemetery with a dazed and confused Ronald Reagan. Fast-forwarding to 2003, he stuns the world by uttering the words "We live in fictitious times... with a fictitious president" in place of the expected "I'd like to thank the Academy."
And none of that even comes close to the night the friendly priest at the seminary decides to show him how to perform his own exorcism.
Capturing the zeitgeist of the past fifty years, yet deeply personal and unflinchingly honest, HERE COMES TROUBLE takes readers on an unforgettable, take-no-prisoners ride through the life and times of Michael Moore. No one will come away from this book without a sense of surprise about the Michael Moore most of us didn't know. Alternately funny, eye-opening, and moving, it's a book he has been writing-and living-his entire life.
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If you like Michael Moore, you will love this book. If you think you don't like Michael Moore, but have never actually seen any of his work, then read this book and watch his movies. You may find yourself surprised.
This autobiography/memoir tells the story of his accepting the Oscar, his speech, and subsequent ostracization by the film industry. What I didn't know was how bad it got for him - his life threatened to the extent that he had to hire trained body guards to surround him whenever he went out; that his life and that of his family were under constant threat.
Moore takes us back to his beginnings as a social activist, writer, and ultimately, film-maker, filling in all those years I knew nothing about. His is a true hero's journey.
I loved this book. Thank you Michael Moore, for your courage. I am proud to be sharing the planet with you.
Most likely because he does so much narration in his movies, I found I was "hearing" this in Moore's voice. The book jumps around chronologically from chapter to chapter, and I liked piecing things together bit by bit. I don't think it would have been as interesting if he had just told us the story of his life start to finish. Some stories were poignant, some were scary, some were hilarious, some were surprising, some heartbreaking (I cried during the chapter Pietà)...but what they all do is give you a complete answer to exactly what created Michael Moore as he is today. From the time he was born to the time the book was published, he includes events that show exactly how he came to be who he is, and really, how he always WAS that person. The book is more about him than it is about politics, but there are some politics in there of course. It's incredible and beautiful and powerful and it makes me realize that with as much as I've felt I've stood for in my life, it really just isn't enough.
Hard to put down, but the great thing is, with the book written out of order, each chapter is essentially it's own story, so you can treat it as a book of short stories if you are intimidated by longer books.