|Who Are You People?
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY put WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE? on its MUST list.
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WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE? received the Colorado Book Award in the Creative Nonfiction category.
Liane Hansen of National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday featured WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE? in August. Listen here...
THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS names WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE? one of the Best Books of 2006, calling the book "funny, insightful and helpful."
TYPEPAD chose WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE? as its Book of the Month, putting the book squarely in the center of the ultra-hip and dynamic blogosphere. Listen to the featured author interview here...
THE MIDWESTERN BOOK REVIEW gives WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE? a thumbs-up review, and compares Caudron's writing to that of Susan Orlean:
"Caudron turns out to be a likeable escort through some of America's weirder pastimes. Her book is breezy and well-written and appeals in the same way that Susan Orlean's essays and books do: both authors offer a look at lives lived differently than our own, though Orlean usually focuses on individuals while Caudron's attention is focused more broadly."
POWELLS.COM tapped Caudron to write an exclusive author essay about her experience working on the book. Read it here...
Canada's NATIONAL POST (like the USA Today of Canada, "only better," according to its editors) ran a full-page commentary about the book. Another reason to love Canada!
You know those people who get passionately, fanatically, obsessively into things? People like doll collectors or Star Wars fans or that lady down the street with creepy red and white gnomes all over her yard? I noticed them too and I was, well, jealous.
See, they had something I didnít: Passion. Purpose. Pizzaz. I mean, Iíd always had interests Ė cooking, reading, hiking. But I was never fanatical about any one thing, and by the time I hit forty I wanted to change all that. I wanted to love diamonds like Elizabeth Taylor, or cooking like Julia Child. But I was not like these women with their over-the-top interests. I was more like Mary Ann on Gilliganís Island. You know. Nice. Temperate. Vanilla.
So I set out to learn what passionate fanatics had that I didn't. Could I find my own source of passion by studying the passions of others?
The quest took me, among other places, to a Barbie convention in Denver, a pigeon race in the Bronx, storm chasing in Kansas, and to Mayberry Days, an annual celebration of the decades-old Andy Griffith Show where I met a woman who watches up to 40 reruns a week in her effort to retain her title as the Mayberry Trivia Queen. Along the way, I learned such vital, life-affirming facts as:
--How to motivate a pigeon
--The value of a Bubble Cut Barbie
--Why the storm chaser's motto is: Get in, sit down, shut up, and hold on!
--And that in the ice fishing world, it's better to be a Dickhead than an Oh-Shitter, which I'm only revealing here because it's not a major plot point in the book.
Part armchair travel, part cultural study, part personal journey, Who Are You People? will put to rest many of the misconceptions people have about the fanatics around them. Better yet, the book will have readers celebrating the quirky diversity of their fellow Americans.
Watch a video about pigeon racing... or stormchasing.
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