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The author's missionary spirit glows even brighter in his fourth book than in its bestselling predecessors All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten et al. In this collection of "second thoughts from a secret life," he uses musings about ironing a shirt, conducting the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth and selling school chocolate to emphasize the give and take, the unpredictability of the well-lived life. What Fulghum says of Einstein could well apply to himself: "Ambiguity remains at the end of the equation of his best thinking." If a chapter on the consumption of urine by certain cultures is distasteful, Fulghum's ruminations nevertheless make zesty entertainment. His many fans will enjoy his latest contribution and accept his invitation to join him for singing and storytelling on the "22 Cities, 22 Causes, One Good Reason Tour" he'll be making from September through November to benefit Literacy Volunteers, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and other causes.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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YA-Fulghum shares some of his insights with readers. They include episodic, kaleidoscopic mental explorations of events observed or imagined. YAs may be surprised at the commonalities between one adult male's perspectives and their own. Points to ponder abound. Whether read straight through or dipped into for a couple of minutes, beginning on almost any page, this engaging narrative offers a break from the daily grind.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804111154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804111157
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Z. William Arkosy on December 5, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really liked Fulghum's casual, laid-back style of writing. "Maybe (Maybe Not)" was a very easy, fun, quick read. He's very optimistic and upbeat and tries to convey his outlook on life to his audience. He's got a lot of great thoughts from totally different areas of life. He only spends a couple of pages on one topic and moves on to something completely different. He's got a really good sense of humor and unlike most self-help type of books, he's not preachy in the least bit. Really enjoyable and highly recommended!
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I was torn between three and four stars here. It definitely is a must read if you read the first two books Fulghum wrote. That being said, the stories and lessons are lacking the punch the first two books had. I find that the essays are more "reaching" and not so definitive as to them being complete thoughts. Even so, the idea of our secret lives is brilliant, and thought provoking. His stories about his son are warm and honest, and his ability to relate to the simple things makes him a wonderful read.
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I've made no secret that I'm a fan of Robert Fulghum's writing style. He was a 'blogger' before blogging got big, in that he tells snippets of his life in short essay story-form, much like many bloggers do now, only he does it in such a compelling way, his is worthy of print publication. I have aspired in my life to write like him when I write personal essays--not so much to write LIKE him, per se, but rather, to write in a manner that makes people think, that reaches deeper than the surface of what the writing appears to be about. That's the thing that gets me about his writing: It's short and poignant, and those who don't want to seek deeper meaning can enjoy it, but at the same time, those who take the time to read deeper can get more out of it. It reaches all sorts of people on different levels. That's talent. I love his voice.

In this book, Maybe (Maybe Not), we get to laugh at some antics from his time on the church board and while working in a high school. The high school stories are some of my favorite. I loved the story about the Ape and the Naked Lady! I laughed through the whole thing. I loved so many of these stories in this book that while we were traveling in the car, I had to read them to my family out loud, and they were so engrossed in them that they wanted me to continue reading them when we arrived home.

The final story brought a tear to my eye while I was reading. I won't talk about it here as to not spoil it, but that story alone is worth reading.

Another thing I love about reading Mr. Fulghum is the fact he's a minister (or at least was, or maybe still is?)--but he's also 'real'.
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I adore Robert Fulghum. His writing style is so simple and enjoyable. I have his books by my bedside and in my Kindle. I can read his short stories over and over and each time something new pops up for me. I repeat his stories to friends. He is one of my favorite contemporary authors.I strongly recommend his books.
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Robert Fulghum is the master of telling complex stories in a simple, down-home manner. As such, I think I'd be paying him tribute most effectively if I kept this review simple. Suffice to say, if you've read and enjoyed other books by Mr. Fulghum, you'll definitely enjoy this one. By all means, read it. Read it more than once! You won't regret it!
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The title essay of this work' Maybe' which pays tribute to the fundamental Uncertainty of life sets the tone for these enjoyable small personal essays. Fulghum is a thinking person and likes to think a lot about his everyday life, and in many of these essays about the secret things of everyday life. But he also shows a deep appreciation of other people, and this is one of the finest elements of this book. Whether he is speaking about the young black woman who helped his parents in their household and educated him in another way of thinking about life, or about those he has met in his various travels he has an openness and generosity to other people. In considering subjects like Envy and his own attempted suicide he reveals his own vulnerabilities and seems thereby to be honestly confessing to the reader. While I suspect he hasn't laid it all on the line he has here presented the reader with a picture of himself in his world most often amusing and interesting.
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A nice light read. I didn't always agree with his thoughts, but I usually did. Books like this always make me want to write my own book. I read it and think, "Hey - maybe someone would want to read my opinions and observations too!" Clean, and family friendly.
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This is one of the best books I have read in the last months! Many daily situations that you have with yourself are present. May be or may be not you will love it, but I am sure you will ever remeber many funny situations in your real life. Try it. It is cheap, easy for reading, good for our spiritual side...
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