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Hometown boys make good: Two former Wilmington residents have just published books. This collection of humor essays covers topics ranging from child-rearing to garden-planting to the Internal Revenue Service. Smith was a longtime writer, editor and columnist for The Watauga Democrat in Boone and is currently an editor and contributor to Carolina Mountain Living magazine. A former national training director for Young Life Ministries, Mr.

Anderson writes that years of overwork had left his soul nearly bankrupt. Through study of early Christian spiritual disciplines, he discovered "the lie of busyness" which, he writes, kept him estranged from God. Anderson, who also graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary, is now executive director of Journey Resources of Greensboro.

He will be in Wilmington on Thursday, signing copies of Running on Empty beginning at 6: Moore, author of The Accidental Buddhist and other books, will give a free reading at 8 p. Kudos to you Mr. Harris for your deeply moving story. And thank you for the lesson of your psychology teacher.

May we all aspire to such a mentoring moment. Sam Harris delivers a book deliciously rich in laughs. Guffaw, laugh out loud laughs. I've read the comparisons to Sedaris, and I get that, but this is so much more. The HEART and human perspective in each of these finely crafted stories reaches well beyond a good time. Lesser writers entertain you for the moment and it's over.

Ham sticks with you, and even, dare I say, transforms you. Harris diffuses through incredible wit and wry humor to make this reader open and available for thought provoking, sometimes painful examinations of the human spirit. His hysterical riff on a washer and dryer are a beautiful artful entrance to a revealing look at blind optimism and the question of "bright side" tenacity in the face of all evidence to the contrary.

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It's funny funny, but really about survival. The entire book is filled with self deprecating self examination from a man who seems hellbent on believing life and people are intrinsically good - with much evidence to the contrary. The book has suspense, tragedy, joy, sorrow, absurdity, celebrity, show biz anecdotes, addiction, loss, and is ultimately is about triumph over adversity.

Even the celebrity stories with famous names like Franklin, Minnelli and Osmond are much more revealing about Harris than the famous names. Ham never goes for the mean-spirited style of so many books written by people in show business. The stories are about Harris and his quest to make sense of it all in his engaging, all out funny, clever and super smart style. Other times not so funny, but equally powerful.. Some stories had me sobbing. Though the specifics may be Harris's, the themes and feelings and emotions and questions are universal.

The writing itself is beautiful. Exquisitely vivid, visual, and visceral. Plain speak at times and poetic at others. Raw and honest and still funny. THAT'S a good book for me.

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I recommend HAM to anyone who has ever felt different and anyone who found their survival tools. It makes fun, it wrestles and twitches and sometimes shocks, but it truly inspires. How can a book so funny also be oddly spiritual? I think and hope that this is the first of many books from this gifted author.

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This is not a celebrity autobiography. This feels like a writing career. He has the chops. And as varied and spectacular as Mr. Harris's career seems to have been, this may be where his voice shines the brightest. I look forward to the next and hope we don't have to wait too long! Unfortunately this really fascinating memoir has been deemed as akin to David Sedaris's satires. There are a couple of the 16 that might be somewhat similar. But that is all although maybe elements of Sam Harris's family are similar albeit Harris's having been in a Bible-thumping Oklahoma town whereas David Sedaris's were in North Carolina.

And, of course, that obvious connection: But Harris is a flamboyant gay man and the writing is filled with that flamboyance as well as a rather typical ego that one associates with so many "stars" of stage and screen, Harris being only of the stage. Dreamcoat," the reader just knows that Mr. Harris would have been oh-so-very flamboyant. And he enjoys letter the reader knows he is a best-buddy with Judy Garland's daughter, the very talented but Liza Minnelli.

I think the funniest of the 16 pieces is the third one, "Promises," which describes Ms. Minnelli's oh-so-staged wedding to David without a last name! As a gay man, I rather enjoy writings by men who have had to struggle with issues, especially issues that young gays experience.

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I too was beat up on the playground--only in my case it was as often by a couple of tomboys as well as the boys themselves. And I too love the theater but don't have a singing voice. But I did direct high school musicals and so enjoyed what he wrote about that. And I too have an adopted son. So that part was interesting although a little too arrogant as well.

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Yet my cheeks were completely wet by the time I finished the last of these: And by the way, when you go to the one-star by Chris Roberts know this: Roberts does these as satires! See all reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 11 months ago. Published 1 year ago. Published on August 8, Published on July 24, Published on June 7, Published on May 26, Published on May 17, Published on February 16, A very enjoyable read.

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