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Hello, Goodbye, Hello by Craig Brown

Posted by Caitie F on January 5, 2013

Title: Hello, Goodbye, Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings13259244
Author: Craig Brown
Hardcover: 384 pages
Pub Date: August 2, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

Can you imagine more unlikely meetings than these: Marilyn Monroe and Frank Lloyd Wright; Sergei Rachmaninoff and Harpo Marx; T. S. Eliot and Groucho Marx; Madonna and Martha Graham; Michael Jackson and Nancy Reagan; Tsar Nicholas II and Harry Houdini; Nikita Khrushchev and Marilyn Monroe? They all happened. Craig Brown tells the stories of 101 such bizarre encounters in this witty, original exploration into truth-is-stranger-than-fiction.


I love nonfiction books that I can read in easy to manage chapters. Since each encounter was only 1001 words, it was a fast read. I seem to retain the information better and enjoy it a lot. When I saw this book, it was something that looked right up my alley, and I was right!

I learned a lot from this book about famous and influential people. Some of these meetings were rumors or might not have been entirely accurate, but Brown made it clear when that was the case. Even if the authenticity of what exactly happened at the meeting was a little questionable, Brown tells enough about the people involved that it is still worth reading!

It is also great because if you really don’t know/care about someone, they are only around for a little bit. That did happen multiple times, especially with British politicians. Yet even then, I still learned something.

My favorite encounter is actually the first one in the book when Hitler is almost run over. Think how different things would be if the driver had been moving at a fast speed! I also really liked reading about Khrushchev meeting Marilyn Monroe. Seeing into the scandalous lives of some of the greatest writers was a treat and made me more interested in another book Literary Rogues, which comes out in February! 

If you are looking to read more nonfiction this year, this is a great choice!


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