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Friday, November 03, 2006

What is a book recommendation?

I usually read books on religion, politics, history, science, philosophy, current events, books with lots of facts that usually need to be read at least twice before they really sink in. But once in a while I need to take a break from the real world and indulge myself in some lighter reading. One such book I have just finished is Prisoner of Trebekistan by Bob Harris and I highly recommend it. Bob Harris is one funny guy. He should be. Before getting his chance on Jeopardy he was a somewhat successful stand-up comedian. After moving to LA, he thought he'd try his hand at game shows and decided to take the Jeopardy test to get on the show. And then he tried again. And again. And again. It took him at least five tries (he can't really remember the actual number) to finally pass muster. But can a five-time flunky stand-up comedian win at Jeopardy?

This book isn't just about how to win (or lose) on Jeopardy or what Alex Trebek is really like (seriously, you won't learn a lot about Alex, they keep him away from the contestants for the most part). This book is just as much about one man's journey from aimless wandering to finding real meaning in his life. Trebekistan becomes more than just a bunch of pointless memorized trivia. For Harris, Trebekistan becomes the realization that everything seems connected in some way and a good way to learn more about the world (and yourself) is to explore it.

Read this book if you want a good laugh. Read this book if you like rooting for the underdog (just don't always expect to win). And if you ever thought about competing on game shows, you just might learn something about that too. But most of all, this book is a heartfelt memoir of one man's gradual progression to finding himself through the most unlikely of paths. This book won't change your life, but you will be glad you read it.


Blogger vjack said...

It is so easy for me to get stuck in an never ending cycle of books on politics, religion, and science. It is nice to break things up periodically, so I appreciate this recommendation. It is important to remember to have fun, and this is a lesson I've never been great at learning.

Wed Nov 08, 04:20:00 AM 2006  

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