No Ordinary Lives: One Man's Surprising Journey Into the Heart of America

No Ordinary Lives: One Man's Surprising Journey Into the Heart of America

David R. Johnson / Nov 19, 2019

No Ordinary Lives One Man s Surprising Journey Into the Heart of America Twenty years ago cub reporter David Johnson had an idea for a column he d pick a name at random from the telephone book and write a story on the person who answered his call Visiting journalist Charl

  • Title: No Ordinary Lives: One Man's Surprising Journey Into the Heart of America
  • Author: David R. Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780446526395
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Twenty years ago, cub reporter David Johnson had an idea for a column he d pick a name at random from the telephone book and write a story on the person who answered his call Visiting journalist Charles Kuralt overheard his plan and proclaimed it the best idea he d ever heard and the popular column Everybody Has a Story was born Today, over 800 Americans have shareTwenty years ago, cub reporter David Johnson had an idea for a column he d pick a name at random from the telephone book and write a story on the person who answered his call Visiting journalist Charles Kuralt overheard his plan and proclaimed it the best idea he d ever heard and the popular column Everybody Has a Story was born Today, over 800 Americans have shared their personal stories in the pages of the Lewiston Morning Tribune, and for David Johnson, the trip of two decades has taught him lessons he never imagined In this book, you ll meet many of the people whose perspectives changed David s life Not only have they reminded him of life s universal ingredients, the hopes and dreams we all share, but they ve commented, each in their idiosyncratic way, on what is truly important.

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    861 Comments

    1. This is a book by a newspaper journalist who wrote a column about everyday people. He found the people by calling them up after randomly choosing their number from the phone book. The book is not a collection of these columns rather he summarizes them and relates the stories to his own life. The book has a pleasant old fashioned feel to it.


    2. Intersting glimpse into a man's life in rural Idaho. Meet many people through the phone book method he uses to report on everyday life.


    3. David Johnson writes for a small newspaper in Washington and he has an interesting concept for his column. Johnson randomly picks people out of a phone book and then interviews them. He is interested in meeting ordinary people and hearing their personal stories.Each chapter in the book is on a different topic and Johnson splices the people that he interviews, with anecdotes on his own life. His family is well integrated into his book and as interesting as the people that he meets in the phone bo [...]


    4. It was a decent idea but it just never caught me up. He just didn't have much to say. That's what I get for grabbing books quick to not make a scene in the library with two ready-to-go kids. :) I guess what I took from the book, something he never really even alluded to except in the title, is that not one of us is ordinary. We all lead extrordinary lives if just prompted to tell about them. He talked a lot of sickness and death and the resilience of many he encountered on journalistic treks aro [...]


    5. An interesting book that strives to reveal the extraordinary in what may seem ordinary. Interesting stories about regular people with ordinary lives: how they overcome obstacles, appreciate their loved ones and their occupations, and are just thankful for what they have. The interspersing of the author's personal story can sometimes take away from or slow the momentum of the book. But, by the end the reader is more invested and it seems to flesh out and reinforce the theme.


    6. When I picked up this book I thought it would be a collection of Johnson’s articles and was really looking forward to reading the interviews of regular people from Johnson’s weekly column “Everyone Has a Story”. Turns out, it was Johnson’s memoir with a few snippets of people’s stories from his articles positioned throughout the book to make Johnson look like a hero. I generally love biographies and memoirs but this one was over the top, cheesy, and self-important.


    7. David Johnson makes the reader remember why life is good-its the small things like a quiet smile, and a quick hug. This book made me feel good. I enjoyed hearing about his life and what he learned from the people who he interviewed. Thanks, David Johnson for loving life for the small things and for bringing them to our attention.


    8. Blech. 1 of a few I didn't finish. This book is under the pretense that it's about a man traveling across the USA & writing about the people he meets. Sounds very interesting, right? Well, that is until he starts getting into his own relationship with a woman he just met. ACK!I didn't buy that book to read about HIM. I wanted to read about THEM. The ordinary Americans!! Toss it.






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