The World Is My Home: A Memoir

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The World Is My Home: A Memoir

Format:  Paperback,

519 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Jan 2007

ISBN-13: 9780812978131

ISBN-10: 0812978137

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James A. Michener was "a Renaissance man, adventurous, inquisitive, energetic, unpretentious and unassuming, with an encyclopedic mind and a generous heart" ("The New York Times Book Review"). Now, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of this literary legend's birth, here is the story of his remarkable life, told by the man himself.
In this exceptional memoir, James Michener describes the people, events, and ideas that have shaped his life. Moving backward and forward across time, he writes about the many strands of his experience: his passion for travel; his lifelong infatuation with literature, music, and painting; his liberal credo and his adventures in politics; and the hard work, headaches, and rewards of the writing life. Here at last is the real James Michener, plainspoken, wise, and enormously sympathetic, a man who can truly say, "The world is my home."
"A sweepingly interesting life . . . Whether he's having an epiphany over a campout in New Guinea with head-hunting cannibals or getting politically charged by the melodrama of great opera, James A. Michener's world is a place and a time worth reading about."
-"The Christian Science Monitor"
"There are splendid yarns about his wartime doings in the South Pacific. There are hilarious cautionary tales about his service on government commissions. There are wonderful inside stories from the publishing business. And always there is Michener himself-analyzing his own character, assessing himself as a writer, chronicling his intellectual life, giving advice to young writers."
-"Cleveland Plain Dealer"
"Michener's own life makes one of his most engaging tales-a classic American success story."
-"Entertainment Weekly"

Specifications

Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Jan 2007
ISBN-13: 9780812978131
ISBN-10: 0812978137
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 519
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.84
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 812978137

Chapter outline

Mutinyp. 3
Tourp. 23
Vicep. 92
Travelp. 115
Peoplep. 144
Politicsp. 173
Ideasp. 231
Writingp. 261
Intellectual Equipmentp. 296
Triosp. 325
Best-sellerp. 360
Healthp. 403
Wealthp. 434
Meaningsp. 475
Indexp. 513

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (1991-12)

This latest Michener title explores the personal history and intellectual, political, and philosophical landscape of the prolific 84-year-old writer and storyteller--terms he prefers to author. Michener offers selected events and influences that enabled a Pennsylvania boy of unknown parentage and no monetary advantages to mature into a man who has had various mundane and adventurous occupations and has written over 30 books, published since he was 40, that have brought him fame, national honors, and enough money to fund generously a range of charitable endeavors.

The 14 topically arranged chapters are by turns didactic, candid, reflective, occasionally repetitive, and usually informative--although Michener maintains his stance of not discussing certain topics (e.g., his divorces). Thus, while this book represents a refreshing change from the current crop of tell-all memoirs, a scrim often seems to separate reader from writer. Nevertheless, given the continuing popularity of Michener's works despite any adverse commentary, this book is a recommended addition to the Michener collection in any library.

-V. Louise Saylor, Eastern Washington Univ. Lib., Cheney

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

James A. Michener was “a Renaissance man, adventurous, inquisitive, energetic, unpretentious and unassuming, with an encyclopedic mind and a generous heart” ( The New York Times Book Review). Now, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of this literary legend’s birth, here is the story of his remarkable life, told by the man himself.

In this exceptional memoir, James Michener describes the people, events, and ideas that have shaped his life. Moving backward and forward across time, he writes about the many strands of his experience: his passion for travel; his lifelong infatuation with literature, music, and painting; his liberal credo and his adventures in politics; and the hard work, headaches, and rewards of the writing life. Here at last is the real James Michener, plainspoken, wise, and enormously sympathetic, a man who can truly say, “The world is my home.”

“A sweepingly interesting life... Whether he’s having an epiphany over a campout in New Guinea with head-hunting cannibals or getting politically charged by the melodrama of great opera, James A. Michener’s world is a place and a time worth reading about.”

The Christian Science Monitor

“There are splendid yarns about his wartime doings in the South Pacific. There are hilarious cautionary tales about his service on government commissions. There are wonderful inside stories from the publishing business. And always there is Michener himself–analyzing his own character, assessing himself as a writer, chronicling his intellectual life, giving advice to young writers.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Michener’s own life makes one of his most engaging tales–a classic American success story.”

Entertainment Weekly

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