Thursday, December 17, 2009

Preview: Friends Like These – My Worldwide Quest to Find My Best Childhood Friends, Knock on Their Doors, and Ask Them to Come Out and Play by Danny Wallace

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(covers US and Canada to left – two covers in the UK on right)

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (September 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316042773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316042772
  • Genre: Memoir – Humor

    Book Info:

    Danny Wallace has friends. He has a wife and goes to brunch, and his new house has a couch with throw pillows. But as he nears 30, he can't help wondering about his best childhood friends, whose names he finds in a long-forgotten address book. Where are they now-and where, really, is he?

    Acting on an impulse we've all had at least once, he travels from London to Berlin, Tokyo, Australia, and California, risking rejection and ridicule to show up on his old pals' doorsteps. Memories of his 1980s childhood-from Michael Jackson to Ghostbusters-overwhelm him as he meets former buddies who have blossomed into rappers and ninjas, time-traveling pioneers, mediocre restaurant managers, and even Fijian royalty.

    Danny's attempt to re-befriend them all gives remarkable new resonance to the age-old mantra, "friends forever!"

    200px-Danny_Wallace Author Bio:

    Daniel Frederick Wallace (born 16 November 1976) is a British filmmaker, comedian, writer, and presenter of radio and television. His notable works include the books Join Me, Yes Man, and the TV series How to Start Your Own Country. (all links lead to Wikipedia.)

    He lives in London, with his wife, an Australian publicist. Throughout Danny's books, his wife is referred to as "Lizzie", at her request.

    From the UK – Scotland there’s a bit more info on him at his website at this link.

    This book was received for review through Shelf Awareness.

    Amazon purchasing links for US/UK/Canada, and for The Book Depository in Euro and AUD.

    Personal review coming soon!

  • 2 comments:

    DCMetroreader said...

    I really enjoyed this book -- it was sweet, but not sacchariny sweet. Also if you have watched Yes Man with Jim Carey it is also about the author.

    Shellie (Layers of Thought) said...

    Kim -
    I thought it looked fun.. and no I have not seen the movie Yes Man... but like Jim Carey.

    I have recently been contacting all my old grade school classmates so I thought it would be insightful.

    I think John is going to snatch this one up. He expressed interest in it, and likes UK authors. I guess its because he is a Brit.

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