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Any Day - Henry Mitchell

Hardcover Published: 22nd October 1997
ISBN: 9780253333087
Number Of Pages: 272

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Henry Mitchell wrote for the Washington Post from the early 1970s to 1991. He was best known for his gardening columns, some of which have been gathered in two beloved books, The Essential Earthman and One Man's Garden. In addition to his gardening columns, Mr. Mitchell also wrote feature stories and for years had a general interest column that appeared on Fridays under the title Any Day. This book collects the most enduring of those brilliant columns. Henry Mitchell was a bit of a curmudgeon. He had an eye for cant and an even sharper eye for the deeper truths of reality. Never pompous, his columns were frequently hilarious. He could make you cry, he could make you weep and he could catch you up in the midst of a busy, confusing day and make you pause and reflect: Hey, look at this He will make you feel good about being a flawed human, and he will even make you think that mortality isn't so bad.

Readers who have enjoyed The Essential Earthman and One Man's Garden will thrill to discover their favorite author's additional accomplishments as they are represented in this lovely book. The illustrations are by Susan Davis, a gifted Maryland artist whose work accompanied many of Henry's columns during the 1980s and 1990s.

Industry Reviews

"These essays have such charm and perfection of style that reading them gives me a greater sense of well-being than the pills I occasionally take for my back. And that is powerful medicine."- Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe "... a graceful and gracious observer of the human condition." - Wilson Quarterly "His essays are sharp, witty, and sure to bring you a smile." - Good Times "I had thought to begin [this review] with a quotation, but in thumbing through this book to select one, I got trapped for 45 minutes and forgot my purpose entirely. You will just have to buy the book... Highly recommended." - The American Cottage Gardener " ... will give more lasting pleasure than anything currently on the nonfiction bestseller list... This is a wonderful book, made even more so by the pen-and-ink drawings of Mitchell's longtime illustrator, artist Susan Davis."- Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World "Now ... I can have my Mitchell seven days a week and twice on Sundays without fussing (all-thumbs Mitchell fashion) with microfiche reels." - Indianapolis Star "This is a stimulating collection of essays by a man who had something to say and knew how to say it well." - Library Journal " ... superb ... acute observations by a writer whose sharp eye and grace with words are a blessing to those fortunate enough to read them." - Publishers Weekly "This man's place in the wilder, more creative confines of journalism is secure. This man's voice will never die. This man's voice will resound forever." - Benjamin Bradlee, The Washington Post "A jubilation of a book to be read, reread and reread." - Thomas Lovejoy, Smithsonian Institution

Publisher's Preface
Do-It-Yourselfp. 1
Patriotism and Dumas Malonep. 4
Mouse Encounters of the First Kindp. 8
Hubbub in the Pewp. 10
A Cure for the Kingp. 15
Hound Curesp. 18
The Quality of Foodp. 21
Miss Furbish's Lousewortp. 24
Hank as Herop. 28
Prudencep. 32
They Took Their Standp. 35
Couragep. 42
The End of Chivalryp. 45
Goodbye, Little Shebap. 50
The Lure of Klondikes and Cheetosp. 53
Self-Praise and Ruinp. 56
Song and Spiritp. 60
The Reality of Imagesp. 63
Story Telling and Historyp. 65
Lincoln, Mozart, and the Mysteries of Artp. 68
Religious Passionsp. 71
Bus Driversp. 75
Savagery and Sciencep. 79
What Men Want for Christmasp. 83
When a Little Girl Diesp. 86
French Studiesp. 89
Democracy in Ancient Greecep. 92
Life's Comedy of Errorsp. 96
Surviving English Foodp. 100
Dragonfliesp. 104
What Love Is Aboutp. 108
Letting Every Dog Have His Museump. 112
E. B. Whitep. 115
The World's Horrorsp. 119
A Few Words about Syllablesp. 121
Snapshotsp. 124
Advicep. 127
Of Destiny and Departurep. 130
Commencement Primerp. 133
The Normandy Cemeteryp. 138
Survival, and What It Doesn't Meanp. 141
All the King's Menp. 145
The Eternal Rigors of Democracyp. 148
Individual Rightsp. 151
Giving Donkeys Their Duep. 154
Dreams of Summer at Homep. 159
Conservationp. 162
The Nature of Greatnessp. 165
Ties and Thingsp. 168
On Jimmy Swaggartp. 171
Drop Me Down in Mississippip. 174
Our Republic for a Horsep. 176
Spiritual Revivalp. 180
To Hell in a Hand Basinp. 183
Seer Suckersp. 186
American Summerp. 189
Olympic Torchp. 192
More Advicep. 195
Silencing the Neigh-Sayersp. 198
American in Parisp. 201
Art and the Common Manp. 204
Buckinghamp. 207
Why the Bear Slides Down the Hillp. 210
Tripping on the Mother Tonguep. 214
The Razor and the Raucous Scenep. 217
Gentlemen and Scholarsp. 220
Wallowing in Sweet Swelterp. 223
Jim the Wonder Dogp. 226
Shuddering at the Mere Thoughtp. 229
Bushy-tailed Symbol of the Nationp. 232
On the Curse of AIDSp. 235
Putting Technology in Its Placep. 238
Wonder Breadp. 241
Heroesp. 244
Tidbits Dropped from the Tablep. 248
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780253333087
ISBN-10: 0253333083
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 22nd October 1997
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.44  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59