Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunday Salon-What I Know, by Roger Emerson Fishman

The Sunday

What I Know
Uncommon wisdom and universal truths from 10-year-olds and 100-year-olds
Roger Emerson Fishman
Clarkson Potter Publishers

I received this book in the mail recently and was able to slow down this weekend to enjoy the "uncommon wisdom and universal truths" offered in What I Know.
The author reflects upon the stories his grandfather told him as a young boy, stories he gathered from the friends he met. Sadly, his grandfather died when he was only eleven years old, but the author acquired a penchant for his grandfathers need to make friends and listen to the wisdom of everyone.

"He believed that there was wisdom in each person's life story, and that with just a sincere interest and a modest investment of time and care, you could uncover these gems everywhere."(9)

This is just what Roger Emerson Fishman did as he wrote the book What I Know.

This is a happiness book with an element of honest self-reflection. You will chuckle, laugh, agree, perhaps disagree, but one thing is certain, you will leave this book feeling good about yourself and perhaps reaching out to others.

Fishman imparts the insight he gained from interviewing people all over the United States, 100-year-olds and 10-year-olds. In his opinion they share the commonality of not being bogged down by the demands of every day life, they are free from encumbrances. Included in topics discussed are integrity, personal choice, believing in yourself,friendship and others.

Listen to what one ten-year-old said about integrity, sharing and perseverance....

"Integrity is doing good deeds when no one is looking. So if the recess aide isn't watching, that doesn't mean you should spit on school property." (25) jake d.

"Happiness and caring is the key to the door to your heart. When you have no key and no happiness, then your heart is just locked." erica d. (48)

Perseverance: (I loved this one!!!)
"If you're reading and get stuck on a new word, it can be frustrating! Like campaign. I thought it was pronounced 'camp-pigeon.' But if you skip that hard word and come back to it later, the right way will com to you." jenna t. (72)

A great book to pick up for that last minute holiday gift, or treat yourself. You will want to read it again and again, or share it with friends and family.


The Bookworm said...

this sounds like a great book! I like these quotes.

Marie Cloutier said...

those are beautiful quotes! i think hte book would be a great gift!

Literary Feline said...

This does sound like it would be a good one, Donna. I love the excerpts you quoted. Thanks for your great review. Have a wonderful week.