What on Earth Have I Done?

What on Earth Have I Done?

Stories, Observations, and Affirmations

Book - 2007
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Robert Fulghum's new book begins with a question we've all asked ourselves: What on Earth have I done?"  As Fulghum finds out, the answer is never easy and, almost always, surprising.  For the last couple of years, Fulghum has been traveling the world - from Seattle to the Moab Desert to Crete - looking for a few fellow travelers interested in thinking along with him as he delights in the unexpected: trick-or-treating with your grandchildren dressed like a large rabbit, potsof daffodils blooming in mid-November, a view of the earth from outer space, the mysterious night sounds of the desert, every man's trip to a department store to buy socks, the raucous all-night long feast that is Easter in Greece, the trials and tribulations of plumbing problems and the friendship one can strike up with someone who doesn't share the same language. What on Earth Have I Done? is an armchair tour of everyday life as seen by Robert Fulghum, one of America's great essayists, a man who has two feet planted firmly on the earth, one eye on the heavens and, at times, a tongue planted firmly in his cheek. Fulghum writes to his fellow travelers, with a sometimes light heart, about the deep and vexing mysteries of being alive and says, "This is my way of bringing the small boat of my life within speaking distance of yours.  Hello..." "
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312365493
0312365497
Branch Call Number: 814 .54 FUL
Characteristics: 308 p. ;,22 cm

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CatherineG_1 Sep 18, 2010

I am very biased. Fulghum, the author of "Everything I know I learned in Kindergarten," never fails to make me laugh and this book is no exception.
My only disappointment is that he does not pump these books out like Harlequin romances.
His everyday take on life is refreshing and for me, lightly thought provoking.

DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

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DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

Remember that book, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”? First it was a book, then a poster that hung on every university student’s wall and in every teacher’s classroom.
Well, the author of that “simply living” guide was Robert Fulghum (that’s Ful-jum) and he is back with his latest book of ‘stories, observations and affirmations’.
He traveled looking for other people like him, people who are willing to embrace their childlike enthusiasm, people who can turn mundane things into extraordinary experiences, and people who can find wonder in the world each day by looking around them with from different perspectives.
Thus he learned the difference between kalimera (good morning) and calamari (squid) in Crete, came to be wearing a giant rabbit suit in Seattle, and found artesian water from Fiji in the middle of the Moab desert in Utah.
For anyone who delights in finding the profound in everyday living, or who needs an uplifting laugh, What On Earth Have I Done? is a quick, quirky, conversational read sure to raise the spirits of even the gloomiest Gus.

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